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The RAD offers live bitesize CPD delivered via webinars that teachers can access from anywhere around the world. The sessions are interactive and will give participants the opportunity to ask questions at the end. All webinars are recorded allowing you to register and enjoy the webinar even if you cannot make, or miss, the live broadcast. See below for sign-up instructions. (Due to the popularity of our webinars, priority will be given to RAD members.)
  1. Purchase the webinar you are interested in.
  2. 5 days before the live broadcast, you will be sent an email from us via Eventbrite with the registration information.
  3. Use the link provided to register yourself on GoToWebinar, our partner who hosts these activities.
  4. Please register yourself even if you cannot attend the live broadcast. This will allow you to automatically receive the recording afterwards.
  5. On the day of the webinar, you will receive an email with the link to join the activity by email.
  6. Click on the link if you are able to join the live broadcast.
  7. If you cannot attend the live broadcast, an email will be sent to you the following day with the recording.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the CPD Team (

Aimed at those who want a basic introduction to the topic of the adolescent dancer or those who feel they would benefit from an update on their knowledge in this area, this webinar will cover both physiological and psychological development and raise awareness of implications for performance, health and training.


  • To equip participants with an understanding of the latest research in this area.
  • To equip participants with a basic understanding of the physical and psychological perspectives of growth and maturation in the context of dance.
  • To provide an introduction to training the adolescent dancer.
  • To consider approaches to training the adolescent dancer. 


  • To have an understanding of the biological basis of pubertal changes, physical changes and psychological development as they relate to working with the adolescent dancer.
  • To understand implications of the growth spurt, gender differences at puberty and the timing of puberty for wellbeing and dance training.
  • To gain an enhanced awareness of practical approaches to training the adolescent dancer.


Dr Siobhan Mitchell trained vocationally as a dancer before completing a BA Hons in Dance Studies (University of Roehampton), an MSc in Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and an MRes in Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath). Awarded a full ESRC studentship in 2014, Siobhan completed her doctorate in 2018 and currently works as a postdoctoral research associate in Child Health at the University of Exeter. Siobhan’s doctoral research explored the psychological and social implications of early and late maturation in young ballet dancers. Her research interests are in child and adolescent development and Siobhan is active in research both within dance and sport and in public health. Siobhan is passionate about education in the area of adolescent development and regularly delivers workshops for dance teachers, dance students and parents of young dancers.

Book your place - 27 September, 12:00

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Working with relevant scenarios for dance teachers, the webinar will explore ways of dealing with challenging situations. Points of discussion will include:

  • Identifying and defining the patterns in our communication that tends to lead to an escalation and worsening of situations with angry, upset or demanding parents.
  • An introduction to the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) approach which involves the basic structure of empathy and the power it has to connect us to each other and support resolution.
  • Demonstration of how we can apply empathy in three different ways to support connection, de-escalation, and resolution of difficult situations through self-empathy, receiving another and expressing to another.


  • To give an introduction to ways of communicating that can diffuse and lessen conflict


  • Have strategies to communicate effectively
  • Have an improved literacy of feelings and needs and your ability to sense the underlying motivations that lead to conflict
  • Have had a solid introduction to a framework that will support you to move from conflict into win-win solutions


Carolyn Davies is a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication.  A filmmaker by profession she is passionate about the potential NVC has to transform relationships at home and at work.

This webinar is an introduction to social media marketing and will give practical guidance and simple strategies for using social media to promote your business. The webinar will cover how to build awareness and increase engagement, using social media to engage with both new and existing audiences, and the day-to-day practicalities of managing social media channels, as well as safeguarding on social media.


  • To introduce the basics and enhance understanding around social media marketing
  • To improve the participants’ knowledge and understanding of social media in a business context
  • To equip participants with the skills to promote their business using social media


You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to:

  • use strategy to determine what social media channels you should be on and how to use them effectively
  • learn more about your existing audience and how to target new ones
  • create content that encourages engagement and conversions
  • measure success using Facebook/Instagram Insights and Twitter Analytics, and
  • protect children and vulnerable adults online.


Nima Naik has made a career of combining her love for communications with the world of performing arts and has spent the last six years delivering dance content across two continents. Before moving to London, she worked as Communications Associate for The National Ballet of Canada and, under her creative direction, the company’s Instagram account gained 28,000+ followers in 13 months.

Nima joined the Royal Academy of Dance in 2016 as Press and Communications Officer, managing all of the RAD’s social media channels, which have a collective audience of 283,000+. Originally from Toronto, Nima completed her Masters of Professional Communication at Ryerson University and her undergraduate studies in Media, Information and Technoculture at the University of Western Ontario.

This webinar is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge, confidence, and understanding the topic of exam and performance anxiety. It provides a chance for participants to ask questions. As it is one hour in length, it is an introduction into one aspect of young people’s mental health.

This online activity is worth 1 hour of Time-Valued CPD.


  • Introduce the basics and enhance understanding around ‘what is anxiety and stresses?
  • Improve participant knowledge and understanding of exam and performance anxiety.
  • Equip staff and parents with the basic confidence and skills to support a young person with mental health problems.
  • Allow time for questions and engage with participants in an interactive manner that isn’t too word-heavy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased understanding of the topics covered in the webinar, namely: the neuroscience behind anxiety, a definition of exam and performance anxiety, and how to prevent or support someone.
  • Increased confidence in approaching and talking to someone struggling with exam and performance anxiety.
  • A set of tools, techniques, and activities to provide students before an exam or performance situation.

About the tutor

Emma Wilson is a freelance trainer, consultant, and writer in the field of mental health. She is a qualified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor; the 2-day, internationally accredited courses.

Based in London, Emma has both lived and professional experience of working in the mental health sector and has worked in a variety of settings (public and private sector, charities, schools, and universities). She has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing, where her dissertation focused on the role of e-mental health. She also designs and delivers bespoke workshops, on topics areas ranging from social media to mindfulness, an introduction to mental health and a deeper look into mental health conditions.

This webinar is designed to equip individuals with information and guidance to enable effective event planning and delivery of events. We will look at a range of events, including performances, fundraising galas and award ceremonies when focusing on topics such as strategic planning, budgeting, marketing, sponsorship and fundraising, operations and production, health and safety, and licensing.

This online activity is worth 1 hour of Time-Valued CPD.


The aims of this webinar are to:

  • understand the fundamental elements to consider when organising an event;
  • enhance knowledge of aspects such as effective budgeting, health, and safety assessments and licensing for events;
  • gain an insight into producing event and production plans.


You will develop a comprehensive understanding of how to:

  • use strategy to determine what events you should run and how it can help you;
  • consider the key elements when planning and managing an event;
  • understand the significance of accurate budgeting and developing an approach to sponsorship and fundraising for events;
  • create production plans, including health and safety assessments and licensing applications.


Sarah-Jane first began organising professional events at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, whilst working within the Education and Outreach team. During this time, she also worked as part of the Production Team for Breakin’ Convention, an international festival of hip hop dance theatre which toured across the UK. Upon graduating from the University of Surrey with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Culture, Sarah-Jane worked for Dance Challenge™, organising performance events for young people across the UK.

Sarah-Jane has worked for the Royal Academy of Dance since 2011 and is currently Events Project Manager within the Strategic Development and Fundraising Team. Working on a variety of events, special projects, and strategic developments, Sarah-Jane is also part of the producing team for the Genée International Ballet Competition, the Academy’s flagship event which is hosted in a different country each year.

In this webinar, you will learn important tips that can help you as a freelance teacher or studio owner to increase your revenue, improve your communication skills, and reduce your stress levels. Learn the all-important 3 “B” rule, what are the biggest challenge facing dance teachers worldwide and the one secret tip that will skyrocket your success. 

Participants will receive forms in word documents that you can edit and use right away, class planners, and more. These forms can be used by dance teachers no matter where you teach or what country you live in.

This online activity is worth 1 hour of Time-Valued CPD.


  • equip participants with what it takes to be a great teacher in and out of the studio
  • improve the participants’ knowledge and understanding of best business practices for teachers and studio owners
  • gain an in-depth understanding of how to increase their earning power

Learning outcomes:

  • have an increased understanding of how to improve your business sense and increase your earning power
  • have a greater understanding of how to communicate more effectively and make yourself more valuable to your employer 
  • have enhanced understanding of what makes a great teacher
  • have gained critical analytical skills to increase your earning power
  • have gained knowledge of better business practices for teachers

About the tutorS

Steve Sirico and Angela D’Valda Sirico are the founders and creators of, the leading resource for dance teachers and studio owners worldwide.

For over 30 years they have owned and operated their very successful dance and music studio in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. Prior to becoming studio owners they had an internationally acclaimed dance career performing in theatres and on television as the D’Valda & Sirico Adagio team. They are known as “Teacher’s Teachers” and present classes, seminars and workshops for major dance organisations such as Dance Educators of America Teacher Training School and the International Dance Teacher Conference in London, England. Every summer they produce the prestigious dance teacher’s conference, “Dance Teacher Web Live”, and the Dance Teacher University of Nevada, Las Vegas teacher certification programme.
Together they have produced a number of Syllabi for different genres of dance and are co-authors with Robert Landau of the books “The Success Blueprint for the Studio Owner” and “The Success Blueprint for the Dance Teacher”.

This webinar provides a basic foundation for inclusive dance practice when working with children and young people. 

This online activity is worth 1 hour of Time-Valued CPD.


  • To provide an introduction to inclusive dance teaching practices.
  • To increase awareness of the benefits of inclusive dance.
  • To enable teachers to learn new ways to enrich their teaching practice and help their students to reach their full potential.


  • Achieve an increased awareness of various different needs, with a specific focus on working with children. 
  • Understand the use of different terminology and teaching approaches, exploring what inclusive practice means and the impact this has on children and young people, their families, and society in general.
  • Learn ways to adapt sequences, technical exercises and creative tasks for different needs.
  • Achieve a greater understanding of the use of language and communication techniques in inclusive dance practice.
  • Enrich your teaching practice with new and inspiring ways to enable your students to reach their full potential.


Samantha McCormick is Head of Dance for Flamingo Chicks and a freelance dance and movement practitioner. Flamingo Chicks is an inclusive community giving children with disabilities and illnesses the opportunity to enjoy dance alongside their friends.

Samantha supports Flamingo Chicks’ teaching team and is responsible for the development of class content, training and recruitment. She has a wealth of experience teaching dance to people of all ages and abilities, and alongside Flamingo Chicks she also teaches for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, English National Ballet, and she runs her own company, focusing on movement and dance for wellbeing. Samantha trained at Bretton Hall (University of Leeds), the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Dundee, and gained her Masters in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School.

This webinar will provide an overview of data protection requirements generally in the UK, and specifically deals with changes required by the new General Data Protection Regulations, which will become law on 25 May 2018. The webinar will give practical guidance on aspects to think about and act upon and will discuss the consequences of getting it wrong.

This online activity is worth 1 hour of Time-Valued CPD.


  • To give participants basic information about data protection
  • To help them understand how to apply this their business practices


  • Understanding the terminology, and how you fit in?
  • How does data protection change with GDPR?
  • What risks should you be thinking about?
  • What are your key data management responsibilities?
  • What is special about working with data for children other vulnerable people?
  • Who do you share your data with, and what are the implications?
  • How do you prepare for and deal with data breaches?
  • The benefits of doing it right.


Richard is a long-term data protection and information management expert and has supported the RAD since 2013.