17 February 2020 14:00 - 17:00

Dance To Your Own Tune (London)

This practical half-day course will cover the main developmental issues of young children, particularly in relation to the teaching of dance.


  • To provide teachers with an introduction to the appropriate content and methodology for the teaching of young children.
  • To highlight the important developmental milestones relevant to a child’s early dance education.
  • To discuss examples of how to plan for appropriate activities will be provided.
  • To discuss ideas on how to extend and develop classes throughout the school year.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Gain fundamental knowledge and understanding into the developmental issues relevant to the teaching of dance to young children.
  • Understand how to integrate theory into practice in relation to the learning outcomes of RAD Pre-school Dance Curriculum.
  • Understand how to plan, consolidate and develop classes in relation to relevant themes of the RAD Pre-school Dance Curriculum.


RAD headquarters, London, SW11 3RA


Jill Firth

Born in Lincolnshire Jill Firth is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She spent many years dancing and studying in Italy eventually running her own ballet studio in Lucca, in partnership with Giovannna Papi, prima ballerina of Teatro Communale in Florence. She specialised in advanced ballet teaching but then increased her training to musical theatre and ballroom.

On returning to the north of England, for many happy years Jill ran a Stage School producing fine dancers for ballet companies and theatres throughout Europe. She has choreographed for television in Italy and for pantomimes, musical theatre and national competitions in the UK.  She was employed as head of dance on the Performing Arts course at the North Lindsey College.

Jill has worked with singing groups and is proud to have choreographed the overall winning entry of the British Choir of the Year at the Festival Hall in London.

In 1998 Jill was appointed a Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance and gives specialist coaching to student and teacher seminars in UK and abroad. She launched the Academy’s Pre-school Curriculum in Singapore, Israel, Italy, USA and Japan. In 2006 and 2008 Jill was the class teacher in the Fonteyn Nureyev Young Dancer Competition, following this in subsequent years in the Genée Dance Challenge in England, Germany and Beijing.

As a freelance teacher and choreographer Jill is invited to teach in summer schools and specialist courses worldwide.

CPD Hours

4 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
14:00 - 17:00 Member Fee: £50.50
Non-Member Fee: £71