Booking for CPD at the Genée is now open
We are hosting two days of CPD workshops on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August alongside the Genée in Toronto.
Workshops will take place at Canada’s National Ballet School and include Silver Swans™ Licensee Training, Insight into Solo Seal, Preparing for Optimal Dance, Dance Injury Prevention & Management, and Understanding Anatomical & Biomechanical Principles of Dance.
|Wednesday 28 August|
|09:00 – 17:00||
Silver Swans™ Licensee Training
This one-day workshop introduces experienced ballet teachers to Silver Swans, with a focus on safe and inclusive practice for adults and strategies to maximise their experience. Completion of the workshop will entitle teachers to deliver Silver Swans branded ballet classes, including access to the Silver Swans logo and marketing toolkit.
|09:00 – 13:00||
Preparing for Optimal Dance
This half day course examines environmental, physical, and psychological aspects of preparing for dance—both in the studio and on the stage. Dance teachers will learn to ready the dance space, and create a positive learning/performance environment. They will learn to conduct an effective physiological warm up, and about the use of psychological skills to reduce stress/anxiety and to enhance performance.
|14:00 – 18:00||
Understanding Anatomical & Biomechanical Principles of Dance
This half day course examines the structure and healthy functioning of the dancing body. Dance teachers will review skeletal and muscular anatomy. They will learn to assess static and dynamic alignment, and to provide appropriate placement and movement cues. They will also learn to how to apply biomechanical principles to improve dance training and technique.
|Thursday 29 August|
|09:00 – 13:00||
Insight into Solo Seal
This half day practical workshop will take participants through preparing candidates for the Solo Seal award. The workshop looks at the structure of the award, how teachers and candidates work together in selecting the solo variations to perform, and an understanding of how to implement the criteria against which the solos will be judged. The workshop concludes with participants exploring through practice approaches to choreographing the Finale component of the award and identifying suitable music accompaniment.
|09:00 – 13:00||
Dance Injury Prevention & Management
This half day course examines the development, management, and prevention of dance injuries. Dance teachers will learn to identify and address injury-risk factors, and how to apply biomechanical principles to prevent common dance injuries. They will also learn to apply injury management procedures, and how to appropriately support dancers returning to dance post injury.
About the Tutors
Justine Berry ARAD PDTD RTS PGCE MA
Justine joined London City Ballet at the age of seventeen and went on to enjoy a performing career spanning 18 years. In 2003, while still dancing, she graduated from the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma with Distinction.
Justine has taught for English National Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Tring Park, Laine Theatre Arts, The Urdang Academy, The Place, Laban, BBO Scholars, the RAD Dance School, as an anatomy lecturer and ballet teacher at London Studio Centre and Ballet Mistress for companies such as Ballet Ireland, Lisbon Dance Company, and European Ballet.
In addition to her regular work for the BA (Hons) in Ballet Education programme at the Royal Academy of Dance and Laine Theatre Arts, Justine is also a tutor for the Royal Ballet School’s Inspire Seminars and teaches on their Easter and Summer schools. Justine has an interest in Benesh Movement Notation having taught it at the Royal Ballet School, White Lodge and on Academy programmes and courses. She also continues to pursue a varied freelance career in several vocational schools and has devised lesson plans in collaboration with the Academy and distributors eOne Films UK based on the animated film, Ballerina. She is tutor for numerous Royal Academy of Dance courses including international summer schools and Continuing Professional Development workshops. Justine was the assistant to Lynn Wallis OBE, in the choreographing of the Patron’s Lunch Parade celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. She is also a former Chairman of the London and Middlesex Regional Advisory Board and a current Trustee of the Academy.
Justine is a tutor, and assessor for the Professional Dancer’s Teaching Diploma (PDTD) and contributes towards the Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate Teaching Certificate in Berlin, having written one of the modules for this programme of study.
Justine holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching from the University of the Arts, London, and the Master of Teaching (Dance) from the University of Surrey/ Royal Academy of Dance.
Andrea Downie is the founder and Director of EnhanceDance, an educational initiative that shares evidence-based best practices in dance teaching, training and performance. She is also a founding member and the Immediate Past President of Healthy Dancer Canada, an organization dedicated to enhancing the health, well-being and performance of all dancers. Andrea is third-party teacher tutor for Royal Academy of Dance Canada, a registered provider with Safe in Dance International for the Healthy Dance Certificates, and the course provider for the Level 1 Conditioning-with-Imagery (C-I) TrainingTM teacher certification. She is a certified teacher of C-I TrainingTM and Simonson Technique.
Andrea received her HonBFA in Dance Performance and her MA in Dance Studies from York University. She completed her professional training at Dance New Amsterdam (Dance Space Centre) in New York City, and performed with Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects while there. Andrea specializes in motor learning and developed the Multisensory Pedagogical Model for Dance Skill Instruction to Enhance Dance Skill Learning. She has experience working in post-secondary dance and kinesiology programs, secondary school dance programs, pre-professional dance programs, and at arts centres and private dance studios. She works actively as a guest dance instructor, teacher tutor, choreographer and speaker across Canada, enthusiastically sharing her passion for dance with teachers and dancers of all ages, levels and abilities.
Valentina Gurovsky is a pianist for Insight into Solo Seal. Few pianists have fostered the artistic souls of aspiring dancers quite like Valentina Gurovsky. With nearly 40 years rooted in Canada’s dance scene and a more than 30-year tenure at Canada’s National Ballet School, Gurovsky’s skill has taken her to studios and stages across North America. Gurovsky’s repertoire spans Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti and Bournonville syllabi. She has had the privilege of accompanying the ballets of George Balanchine staged by Joysanne Sidimus and Lindsay Fischer; experimental contemporary works by Peggy Baker; and major classical ballets. Gurovsky has created alongside legendary ballet masters Sorella Englund, Fernando Alonso, Ramona De Saá, Diane van Schoor, Lynn Wallis, Glenn Gilmour, and more. Originally from Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia, Gurovsky graduated from the prestigious Leningrad Conservatory.