17 October 2019 12:00-13:00

Silencing the Self by Unlocking the Block: Developing Self-Efficacy in Dance Students (Webinar)

The webinar will become a space through which traditional coaching approaches in dance can be discussed and considered.

The webinar will look to share the findings of an action-based, practice-led dance research project which focused on The Inner Game approach to coaching, applied to the coaching of dance technique and performance.

This approach redefined the Dance Coaching Space enabling students to develop a better sense of self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-belief, and through this Unlock a sense of Block they had been experiencing for a significant period of time.


  • Discuss and challenge current thinking about the purpose of coaching in dance teaching and training
  • Explore coaching in dance in an interactive, exciting and experiential manner
  • Provide insight into action based, practice-led dance research project focused on coaching dance technique and performance

Learning Outcomes 

  • An increased appreciation of embedding a coaching within their teaching practice
  • A greater understanding of how coaching can be taught in an facilitative, interactive and accessible manner
  • Gained knowledge of The Inner Game approach to coaching
  • Appreciation of the spectrum of coaching skills

About the Presenter

Dennie Wilson MA, BA (Hons), AdvDip Coach

Originally a professional dancer and then creator; with a driving interest in collaborative interdisciplinary practice, Dennie has travelled the world to work on projects with intensely driven artists; composers, contemporary designers, jewellery makers, poets and new media artists, using a range of mediums including film projection, stop motion animation and algorithmic choreography, to create unique installation and theatre pieces.

In 2012 Dennie joined the Faculty of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance after working on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is the Programme Manager for the PDPTC and PDTD, and Lecturer in Dance Teacher Education for Professional Dancers. She also lectures in contemporary dance, choreography, music for the studio and stage and is a Practical Teaching Supervisor.

In 2018 she embarked on part-time Doctoral Study; as a student of University of Central Lancashire in the Department Sport and Wellbeing: Institute of Coaching, working towards a Professional Doctorate in Coaching Elite Performance, where the focus of her research is the role of Coaching within Vocational Dance Training.

CPD Hours

1 hour Time-Valued CPD


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Key Information

Time Fee
12:00-13:00 Member Fee: £15
Non-Member Fee: £20