Elmhurst Ballet School
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Based at the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham, our convention is a perfect opportunity to meet up with like-minded dance colleagues, try out some new routines from current top industry professionals and just have some fun! Our legendary end of season sale means that you will be sure to go home with some fantastic bargains and you will be amongst the first to see our brand new 2022 Costume Collection and latest catalogue.
This is your unique opportunity to explore new dance genres, learn new skills and techniques and discuss issues within the dance school community. Select from thirty classes running over two days. Work with inspirational industry leaders bringing exciting developments from the world of dance that you can take back to your own studio.
We offer mix of discussions, dance classes and teaching sessions. With each class counting towards your CPD and endorsed by the CDMT, the Conference allows delegates to tailor make a unique timetable of classes and talks. Select from a faculty made up of leading dance teachers and industry professionals, the choice is up to you!
"Amazing two days, great faculty and perfect for CPD. Loved the IDS Sale - found some great bargains"
"Really positive atmosphere. Plenty of time between sessions to meet with other teachers. Will be back next time"
"Very inspirational event - we learnt from some of the very best and had a ball. Highly recommended!"
1 Day Pass
International Dance Supplies will present the 10th IDS Teacher’s Convention at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham on the 9th and 10th August 2022. The classes are geared to introducing teachers to new steps and ideas and giving them something they can go back to their schools with to excite and re-energize their pupils. This year, following such a long spell away from classes, this is even more important.
After a long break away from being able to gather together they have planned 32 amazing classes, a preview of IDS’ new 2022-2023 catalogue range and a massive sale of costumes and dancewear, as well as giving you a chance to get together with old friends and make new ones.
This year they are welcoming some new faces to the faculty as well as some of your favourites from previous years, covering a wide range of dance genres. The Convention will cover sessions from Jazz, with James Robinson, and Tap, with Jo Scanlan, from Bollywood, with Prabz Oberoi, to Hip Hop, with Paul Steadman. Nick Allen, the Clinical Director of the 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 heard a lot of feedback from teachers about the difficulty of transitioning children out of lockdowns, and the new challenges those children seem to be having. We feel it’s important to help our teachers prepare for it.” We are thrilled to have Terry Hyde from CounsellingForDancers.com presenting a session addressing the mental health needs of dancers. He will show how you can learn mental health self-care techniques that you can use to manage and understand the feelings that can arise from situations beyond your control. In addition, there will be some ideas about supporting students and a Q&A at the end so you can ask about specific issues.
Our 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 School, White Lodge. In addition there will be a workshop run by a member of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company and a chance to learn some Repertoire from Swan Lake taught by Layla Harrison.
We have not forgotten your business needs either as there are sessions on building your business, using technology to make life easier and a session dedicated to how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube can be used to promote your school.
You can choose which hour-long sessions you would like to attend, enabling you to come when it suits you best. You can just observe the class and make your own notes to take back with you to inspire your pupils, or you join in and learn while experiencing the joy of dancing. Each session costs £20, but if you choose to come for the whole day the cost is just £85. If you book both full days, the cost is £150 (£12.50/session if you attend 12 sessions). If you want a relaxed and tasty lunch we can provide that as well at a price of only £9.50.
“We’ve also added a new evening social event,” adds Emily. “Enjoy a complimentary wine while nibbling canapes, making new connections and catching up with old friends.”
IDS’ programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is endorsed by the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT), so this is a great way to add to your CPD programme.
While you are at the Convention there will be ample time for you to get to know your fellow teachers and swap stories, browse through the new additions to the IDS 2022-2023 Catalogue and start planning your next show or change of class wear. There will be experienced members of IDS’ Staff on hand to help you.
“Where else would you find such a varied selection taught by such a distinguished faculty?” says Jan Chope, Convention Coordinator. “And 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.”