New dancer Amy Butler's first blog!
Our new dancer Amy Butler talks about the training she's received so far on Stopgap's practice in education and outreach
So, I've made it through the first four months! And, it's been great. Already I have had a good taster of all that Stopgap does, a decent proportion of this being teaching/sharing/facilitating. I have been introduced to Stopgap’s responsive approach and although a lot of the teaching techniques are familiar, the philosophy and commitment the company has is really quite unique.
One of the things I have learnt through my teaching experiences with the company is how important our choice of language is when we teach. Inclusive language creates an accessible and friendly environment. I take for granted that I have full use of my body and therefore have never analysed a word like standing before and considered it closed language. It may seem obvious but actually how often do you consider how restricting the implications of language can be. I still sometimes use terms that are not inclusive but I am gradually getting my head around it.
As part of my professional development the company enabled me to attend a behavioral management workshop at Laban and it proved to be really useful. It got me thinking about all the skills I already have as a teacher and easy ways to hone and order these skills. I had never really thought through what the code of conduct I teach by is, therefore how am I supposed to make these rules clear to those that I teach. Obviously it is not about verbally communicating this to the class/group but it is important to know what you deem acceptable behavior. There were other useful tips and as workshops go it was fluid and well delivered.
This is just a snippet of what I have learnt, find out more in my next blog!