Sharing Dance Seniors
Dance Teacher Training Course
This training course is designed for dance teachers who are interested in learning how to offer dance classes to seniors with significant physical and/or cognitive limitation (e.g., people living with dementia). Sharing dance with this population can be an extremely rewarding experience and we are excited to be offering training in this field.
This intensive course includes:
By completing the online and in-person component of this course, you can expect to gain:
- An 8-week online course (to be completed in the 8-weeks leading up to the in-person component of the course)
- A 5-day in-person intensive teaching practicum in which trainees will have the opportunity to co-teach dance to seniors in a long-term care facility and participate in reflective feedback sessions about their work
- Our Fall 2019 in-person practicum will take place in Toronto, Canada, from November 19th to 23rd inclusive. Participants are expected to attend the in-person component for the entire week.
- A general understanding of the physical and cognitive changes that may be associated with ageing
- A general understanding of the way in which programming for seniors is offered in long-term care facilities
- A solid grasp of the Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance Seniors dance progam protocol
- Experience developing dance class content for this population
- Experience teaching dance to seniors living in long-term care
- Feedback about your teaching from the program's developers to further develop your skills
- Insight related to appropriate musical selections for these dance classes
- Information to help prepare you to set up classes in your community
The cost for the course is $750CAD. This does not include the cost of any travel and accommodation you may require.
To apply, please fill out this application form
and email your CV and two reference letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will not be considered until a CV and reference letters have been received. Completion of the application form should take approximately 30-45 minutes.
The application deadline is August 1st, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified no later than August 23rd, 2019. Please note that a phone interview may be required for applicants from outside of Canada.
As the in-person training takes place in a long-term care facility, we require you to provide documentation of a number of screening protocols in accordance with the provincial guidelines on working with vulnerable populations.
Before beginning the in-person teaching practicum, successful applicants will be required to provide the following:
- Police reference check and vulnerable sector screening
- Proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella/rubeloa and chicken pox (varicella)
- Two step TB-Test (*Please note your doctor’s office may charge a fee to administer this test)