Posted on May 25, 2022
International Dance Supplies (IDS) will present its tenth IDS Teacher’s Convention at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham on August 9 and 10, 2022. The classes are geared to introducing teachers to new steps and ideas and give them something they can go back to their schools with to excite and re-energise their pupils after the summer holidays. This year, following such a long spell away from classes for so many, this is more important than ever. After being unable to gather together for so long, IDS has planned 32 classes, a preview of IDS’ new 2022–2023 catalogue range and a huge sale of costumes and dancewear, as well as giving teachers the chance to meet with old friends and make new ones.
This year IDS is welcoming some new faces to the faculty as well as some favourites from previous years, covering a wide range of dance styles. The convention will include sessions ranging from jazz with James Robinson, tap with Jo Scanlan, Bollywood with Prabz Oberoi, and hip hop with Paul Steadman. Nick Allen, clinical director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, will provide insight into elite-level dance and the process and thinking around service provision for professional dancers.
“We’re adding a mental health education seminar this time,” says Emily Fagence, IDS’ head of Customer Success. “We’ve had a lot of feedback from teachers about the difficulty of transitioning children out of lockdown, and the new challenges those children seem to be having. We feel it’s important to help our teachers prepare for this.” IDS has also invited Terry Hyde of CounsellingForDancers.com to attend. He will present a session addressing the mental health needs of dancers, and will show how teachers can learn mental health self-care techniques that can be used to manage and understand the feelings that may arise from situations beyond their control. In addition, there will be discussion about supporting students and a Q&A session where questions about specific issues can be raised.
Ballet teachers include Dominic Antonucci, assistant director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and Hope Keelan who recently retired from her full-time role as the artistic manager of The Royal Ballet Lower School at White Lodge. In addition there will be a workshop run by a member of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and a chance to learn some repertoire from Swan Lake taught by Layla Harrison.
IDS has not forgotten the business needs of teachers either, as there are sessions on building a business, using technology to make life easier and how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube can be used to promote a school. Teachers can choose which hour-long session they would like to attend, enabling them to come when it suits them best. They can just observe the class and make their own notes to take back and inspire their pupils, or join in and learn while experiencing the joy of dancing. Each session costs £20, but if a teacher decides to come for the whole day, the cost is just £85. The cost for booking both days of the Convention is £150 (£12.50 a session if 12 sessions are attended). Lunches can be provided at a price of only £9.50.
“We’ve also added a new evening social event,” continues Fagence. “Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine whilst nibbling canapes, make new connections and catch up with old friends.”
IDS’ programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is endorsed by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT), so the Convention is an excellent way for a teacher to add to their CPD programme.
While at the Convention there will be ample time for people to get to know fellow teachers and swap stories, browse through the new additions to the IDS Catalogue and start planning the next dance show or change of class wear. There will be experienced members of IDS’ staff on hand to help.
“Where else would you find such a varied selection taught by such a distinguished faculty?” asks Jan Chope, Convention coordinator. “If you are not tempted already, then why not come along just to take advantage of our mammoth sale of dancewear and costumes? You will find some amazing bargains, from one-off outfits to sets of costumes at incredibly low prices. It’s open to all dance teachers and every class counts towards your CPD and is endorsed by the CDMT.”
To find out more, or to book tickets before classes sell out, click here.
Pictured: A class taking place at the IDS Teacher Convention in 2019. Photograph: Romilly Lockyer.