It will soon be time for many of our students to start preparing for that great annual event – the return to work. During the warm summer months it is always hard to put our minds to serious planning, Our thoughts inevitably keep returning to pleasant issues like 'where to go', 'who with', and quite possibly 'how much can I afford to spend on this hard-earned holiday?' There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. It is, or should be, an important part of all our lives.
But one thing is certain – once our students get back to their workloads, mostly in the world's leading cities, one thought will be uppermost: 'how can we do even more to help the world's poorest and most needy children?' For studying with our school makes everyone think this way.
Tragically, there's almost nothing any of us can do to change what is happening at present in the world's all-too-rapidly spreading war zones. What we see on our TV screens is beyond all our worst imagining and it is right that we should put all our weight behind international efforts to resolve conflicts peaceably wherever and whenever possible. It is right, too, that we adhere tenaciously to our belief in justice, the reduction of poverty, the need to make a proper education available to the world's poorest communities. It is also right that we study hard to find the best means of using the art of dance for the betterment of everyone's lives, but, crucially, the lives of the most needy children everywhere.
That is why it is such a privilege for our school to be working closely with that great transforming organisation, UNESCO CID, to ensure that the benefits of the wonderful, inspiring and healing 'art of dance' are protected – not just for this present generation, but also for generations still to come.
UNESCO itself is one of the world's greatest and finest institutions, having replaced the League of Nations as our most effective co-ordinated endeavour for the promotion of greater understanding between nations and the creation of conditions for world peace. The scale of what UNESCO does in to-day's world is breathtaking, and those who are responsible for the organisation of UNESCO CID are every bit as dedicated, hardworking and focussed as the parent body itself. They work tirelessly to promote appreciation of the 'art of dance' in all its forms, and in recent years have turned their full attention to the fledgling profession of 'dance therapy.' We can be sure that their involvement will bring nothing but good, with the highest standards of professionalism upheld at all times, in line with the 'related' sciences of music, art and drama therapy. The latter were all well established in the west long before the remarkable breakthrough by Washington's Marian Chace and her eminent group of psychiatrist colleagues led to the term 'dance therapy' appearing in the world's medical encyclopaedias for the first time.
Our school are happy to strive to uphold, in every way we can, all the high ideals of UNESCO CID. We believe the 'dance therapy' profession has a vast, largely unexplored potential to 'make things better', for adults as well as children, all around the world. But it is vital that the most stringent safeguards remain in force. 'Entering someone's private world,' as the dance therapist is privileged to do, means that every precaution must be taken that only the best, in terms of the dance-art and of thoroughly 'tried and tested' healing techniques are ever used.
The starting point for studying with us is our on-line Foundation Course 'Working with Dance and Movement as Therapy for Children in Difficult Circumstances'. Once completed, a Theory-only diploma is awarded. The follow-on course, 'Sharing Dance with Others' contains the guidance needed for setting up and running small groups 'for children in difficult circumstances,' a skill which is needed for a Full International Diploma with our school. An equivalent diploma, with full membership, will at the same time, very kindly be awarded by UNESCO CID.
While both the above courses focus on providing scientifically valid dance opportunities for children and young people, the third of our on-line programmes, 'Working with Elders' is based on a life-changing book by dance therapist/gerontologist Eva Desca Garnet. This course enables students to apply dance as therapy in order to significantly enrich the lives of both active and less active Senior Citizens.
Together, we can make a huge difference to children's prospects all around the world and permanently transform the lives of adults too. Wherever you live, please think about what enrolling with us could do for you personally, as well as in terms of a viable future career.
The contents of all three programmes are set out elsewhere on this site.
Thank you for visiting our site. We sincerely hope you will decide to get in touch.
With kind wishes.
Director of Studies
Member UNESCO CID 29 July, 2014