06 Oct PGCE in Dance Teaching
Last month, I finally graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Dance Teaching – with Merit (surprised myself!) It was very hard, full-on work, but the thinking and new insights from our research have been invaluable. I’ve mainly specialised in older dancers with my over-50s and Silver Swans work, and dance and movement therapy to help with recovery with my work for the Wessex Cancer Trust. It was brilliant to see our course leader Lee Davall again too; he did a great job!
The Cadogan Hall was a lovely venue, and the icing on the cake was being welcomed by the ballet legend, Dame Monica Mason, who was also a friend of my dad, as he worked at the Royal Opera House, while she was both performing and serving as artistic director. It was sad that he is now too ill and severely disabled to have been there to say hello himself. Dame Monica started her career from the late 1950s and also danced with Rudolf Nureyev, worked with MacMillan and was known for her performance on The Rite of Spring. An extraordinary person.
This year, I’ve been co-producing a Silver Swans Celebration with the RAD, on 1 October, and we’ve received amazing videos of performances from all around the world – from Tasmania to Italy and Bermuda. We’ll have so many talented dance groups performing in the gala performance, as well as online and in-person workshops from the Royal Academy of Dance’s HQ in London. More on this another time! Below are some photos of the graduation day…I’m feeling very grateful to everyone!