A few years ago, our School received a prestigious 'Millenium Award' for our work in the south west of the UK. The award was presented by HRH Prince Charles at St James' Palace, London. We were in the process of setting up a 'Task Force' locally - His Royal Highness hoped that our efforts would go from strength. He even, jokingly, asked if he might join! That certainly gave us something to think about!
Throughout the 50 years we have been engaged in promoting dance and movement to music as therapy at 'community' – i.e. non-psychiatric – level, the response from genuinely motivated students has been heartwarming. But this is very much a subject with 'global' appeal – and with such widespread needs to be met, it is not altogether surprising that we now have such a brilliant 'family' of students both from the UK and abroad. So now our Task Force has taken on a global dimension – its mission to counteract, alleviate or where possible prevent, ill effects, especially stemming from poverty or deprivation, which threaten the health, quality of life and future prospects of children around the world. We warmly invite you to join our Global Task Force 2014!
Two programmes currently on offer from our School – the Foundation Course (3 months – 1 year on-line) and 'Sharing Dance with Others' (6 months – 1 year on line) are a training opportunity which can very easily be fitted in with other commitments. You can work from home from the time you enrol to the awarding of your Full International Diploma. These courses, although they focus on the needs of children, prepare the student also to work with older groups later on. Many diploma holders manage quite easily to adapt the techniques they perfect as part of their course work, to suit a range of community situations involving also older age groups.
Last year, the writer was awarded membership of UNESCO's International Dance Committee and our School has been invited to apply for membership also. This means that when our Full International Diploma is awarded UNESCO CID will also award a Diploma, together with membership. This truly amazing organisation have managed to set up a 'virtual library' of over 500 books and 40 magazines on dance to ensure that vital records of our beloved art are easily accessible for posterity. But for us, just priceless is their on-going global research into the value of dance for the wellbeing of worldwide communities – in particular children and young people.
This is the result of 60 years of research. It is a combination of 'positive psychology', psychomotor therapy and the use of all that is good and wholesome from the 'art of dance.' It blends in theories of European pedagogues like Delsarte, Dalcroze and Laban with the more up-to-date approaches of practising dance therapists like Chase, Espenak and Trudi Schoop, and great teachers like Professor Gertrud Bodenwieser and Martha Graham – all names respected by the medical profession world wide. 'Restoration therapy' is the system recommended by dance therapist Eva Desca Garnet in her highly successful work with elders in the USA. Is it difficult to master? Not at all! These studies are 'from the heart and not the head!' The above two courses will show you how!
We are greatly looking forward to hearing from you!
Denise Puttock – Director of Studies Member UNESCO CID
On-line learning is now more popular than ever – especially in the USA, where more and more universities are now using this method in preference to more traditional – but not always practicable – approaches. On-line learning has special advantages in these fast-moving times when many are struggling to fit in other study courses, work and family commitments, and a whole lot more. This is one of the reasons we allow up to 1 year to complete each of the 2 courses needed for our Full International Diploma.
Not everyone, however, is familiar with on-line study and how it works, but most of our students become accustomed to it very quickly and begin to enjoy the studies, knowing that our School will never put unnecessary pressure on them.
If you would like to try our Foundation Course without further obligation, we are happy to offer you the following for a limited period only: