From Jan 1, Theory diploma holders will be able to enrol for 'Sharing Dance with Others', the long-awaited follow-on to the Foundation Course – 'Working with Dance and Movement as Therapy.'
The Foundation Course focuses on the needs of 'children in difficult circumstances' (though it is not specifically designed for 'special needs' clients. This is an area of expertise requiring a somewhat different approach. We deal with non-psychiatric psychological and emotional issues which hold otherwise 'well' children back from achieving their full potential )
The new follow-on course 'Sharing Dance with Others' offers those who have successfully completed the Foundation Course an opportunity to 'plan, organise and implement' – in practice - a 12-week programme to improve quality of life, morale and life-chances for children who are considered to be 'disadvantaged' through 'under-achieving', or finding it difficult to adjust.
Completing the written assignments, then setting up and running your special once-a-week group for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks in a location convenient for yourself, and then submitting a satisfactory Report to the Examiner about the programme and its results leads to our School's Full International Diploma being awarded. Scientifically supported reasons for the programme and its success need to be provided by the candidate in the Report. Full guidance for completing the written work, implementing the programme in practice and then preparing the Report is included in the 'Sharing Dance with Others' course, which, as always, comes with individual tuition throughout.
You will find details of both study programmes set out under Courses.
Our Diploma holders may be surprised that a 'team', rather than 'individual', approach is recommended for the 12-week programme but the reason for this soon becomes clear once the studies begin. Because of all the meticulous preparation involved, up to one year is allowed to complete the Diploma requirements. If all goes well, the Full International Diploma is awarded. By arrangement with UNESCO CID, another special Diploma is also awarded, with membership, a great step forward for anyone planning a career in this field.
The final unit contains a selection of valuable self-help exercises for trainee practitioners, designed by one of our most distinguished Guest Teachers, Dance Therapist Mary Priestley.
The method recommended for the 12-week Diploma programme is bsed on our own 'restoration therapy' system, 'Joydance™'.
Psychiatrists tell us that, child or adult, we all need 'an experience of joy' as regularly as food and drink. 'Joydance™' is built on that principle. The 'Joydance™' method is explained in both courses , it is a system ideal for those striving to make things better for children in difficult circumstances through optimum usage of dance and movement as therapy. (However, 'Joydance™' can be adapted for most other age groups too, with very little difficulty.)
It does not matter where we live, or indeed how hard we have been hit by the world-wide recession: an 'experience of joy' is waiting for us and for children we are concerned about. The unique 'format' of a ''Joydance™'' session, the order in which the 'dance experiences' are arranged, ensures the method works every time.
The principles of 'Joydance™' are explained in our on-line Foundation Course, 'Working with Dance and Movement as Therapy'. Perfecting and applying the methodology is the main purpose of the follow-on course.
Jim Cooper, the gifted photographer, recently issued a picture of a group of people of all ages, dancing serenely in the Fuxing Park in Shanghai. Studying that picture tells us all we need to know about the transforming power of dance, here in the centre of one of the world's most populous cities. It is a picture of calm, serenity, unity and joy. 'Joydance™' has found a way to harness those invisible, powerful factors in dance which can transform lives just like these – not just for a moment, but for a lifetime.
The way 'Joydance™' works will become clear immediately you read through the course material for the Foundation Course – a printed copy of which is mailed to you once your payment is confirmed. We will also email a 'welcome' package with some additional study material to provide background information on how dance and movement came to be used as a form of 'therapy' in Europe. But if you enrol from abroad, or normally work with other dance styles which are not purely western, that is fine too. The 'magic of dance' is universal and studying the 'Joydance™' system will help you identify the 'therapeutic' applications of your favourite dance style – in a surprisingly short space of time.
'Joydance™' incorporates the best of two worlds – first, the well established scientific principles of movement – to promote body/mind integration, harmony and wellness – and the invisible power of art and aesthetics to uplift us and inspire us to think again about any negative directions in our lives. Together we can make 'Joydance™' work in a remarkable way to reduce many children's present pain and lay a secure foundation for their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
All our students enjoy working through the Units of the Foundation Course and discovering for themselves the hidden talent that lies within each of us. Developing this talent enables students quickly and reliably to respond to the needs of others and so enhance their own inner harmony and peace. Hard to believe?
Once you take that first step of enrolling for the Foundation Course, and begin to send in your fortnightly assignments, for assessment and feedback, it all soon starts to make a great deal of sense – and you will be really happy once you have made a start!
Denise Puttock – Director of Studies December 2013