Designed for the Professional
Dance Educator

About

WHAT

Short Courses and Workshops

Available as individual courses or in a multi-course workshop style package. Choose from the menu of courses offered or request a topic that may be unique to your studio mission and the needs of your faculty.

WHERE & WHEN

On your schedule - In your space

Courses and workshops can be scheduled for a day and time conducive to your schedule. Summertime is a great time to take advantage of development opportunities while teaching hours are reduced.

WHY

For Professional Development

Refreshing the busy dance educator and learning to integrate contemporary theories and practices into your studio makes your business stand out and increases confidence in faculty.

Courses

PLDE A • College

Gives an overview of dance in higher education.

PLDE A • College Dance Programs

DESCRIPTION: An overview of dance in higher education.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers (Students and/or parents can be included)
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk, Workshop
INCLUDES: Q&A, PowerPoint Notes
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

• Helping students prepare for Freshmen year
• Writing a strong letter of recommendation for your students
• Defining the difference between BA, BFA, Minor Programs
• What to look for in a college dance program
• Determining what program is right for you
• College visits > When, setting up the visit, what to expect
• Resources
• College Fairs
• Applications
• Bridging the Gap > they still need you

PLDE B • Career

Explores the possibilities of a career in dance.

PLDE B • Career Paths and Employment

DESCRIPTION: Explores the possibilities of a career in dance that combines other disciplines and areas of interest.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers (Students and/or parents can be included)
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk, Workshop
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

• Identifying possibilities
• Finding your own path
• Training and Education
• Career Tracks & Employment

PLDE C • Special Topics in Dance Education

Addresses contemporary issues in 21st century dance education.

PLDE C1 • Multiple Intelligences

DESCRIPTION: Learning to identify individual strengths.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk, Workshop
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Learning to identify individual strengths using the theory of multiple intelligences to maximize success of all students.

PLDE C3 • Teaching Millennials

DESCRIPTION: Learning how to teach millennials.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Millennials (born 1982-2000) were raised in a different era of pop culture. How do we accommodate new learning styles for them in the dance studio?

PLDE C2 • Teaching Digital Natives (Generation Z)

DESCRIPTION: Learning how to teach digital natives.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Digital natives (approx. 25 and under) are students who have never known a world without digital media and devices (videogames, digital music, cell phones, computers, etc.). How do we accommodate new learning styles for them in the dance studio?

PLDE D • Curriculum Refreshers

Refreshes and recharges with ideas, lesson planning, and activities to jump-start your fall season.

PLDE D1 • Moving Series

DESCRIPTION: Use of children's literature.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk, Interactive, Book Lists
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

A workshop lecture that uses children’s literature as a jumping off point for creative movement classes for pre-school, pre-dance classes.

PLDE D3 • So, You Think You Can Dance

DESCRIPTION: Teaching young dancers to view dance critically and give verbal feedback.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: Short PowerPoint Talk, Interactive
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Through role playing exercises, young dancers learn to view dance critically and give verbal feedback using Laban principles of Space, Dynamics, Time and Space.

PLDE D5 • Ballet Technique Class

DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of classical ballet with a focus on vocabulary, imagery, physicality, alignment, and artistry.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: Short PowerPoint Talk, Interactive
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Learning to teach within the structure of a traditional ballet technique class while also focusing on vocabulary, imagery, physicality, alignment, and artistry.

PLDE D2 • The Dancer Athlete

DESCRIPTION: Exploring Improvisation as Choreography
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: PowerPoint Talk, Interactive
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Young dancers explore movement related to the Olympics; appreciate music; improvise, work with a partner, explore choreographic skills; move confidently in space; explore pattern and shape; evaluate work; performance skills; develop choreography.

PLDE D4 • Introducing Improvisation

DESCRIPTION: Using creative movement to introduce improvisation.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: Short PowerPoint Talk, Interactive
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Students explore their environment through use of space, shape, and design; to feel and see the capabilities of their bodies as a means of communication; to think in terms of the creative process. (ages 9 – up)

PLDE D6 • Dance History

DESCRIPTION: Bringing dance history to the classroom.
GEARED FOR: Dance Teachers
PRESENTATION: Short PowerPoint Talk, Interactive
TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

Using inspiration from 4 dance traditions to bring dance history to the classroom.

Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola

MA (Humanities) | University at Buffalo, SUNY
BA (Dance) | Mercyhurst University
NY State Education Certification in Dance, K-12

Clinical Associate Professor Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola is the Director of Dance at SUNY Buffalo where she teaches ballet, dance history, dance pedagogy and creative movement.  She is the director of the UB dance outreach program, Bridging Communities Through Dance, which brings the dance experience to children in the Buffalo City Schools and Western NY.  Other initiatives include the UB/LD partnership that links the UB Dance program with LehrerDance, Buffalo’s professional dance company, and the UB Art Gallery, developing collaborations that explore the possibilities of dance in the gallery in relation to art. She is currently the Director of Zodiaque Dance Ensemble at UB.

 

Her research interests center around learning styles in the dance classroom and generational expectations of the Millennial and Digital Native populations. Jeanne has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Dance Studio Life, and Dance Teacher/Spirit. She has served multiple terms as Secretary on the Board of Directors for New York State Dance Educator Association, the state affiliate of the National Dance Educators Organization and is on the dance faculty of Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School and Student Intensive Honors Program.

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