My experience of dance education at both Performance academies and University involved very little use of technology. There was one unit during my degree - dance technology - that looked at using PhotoShop to create posters and how to choreograph for camera. I believe that technology could make the learning experience so much richer!
- VLEs - links to websites, embedded videos, discussion forums, journal articles etc
- ePortfolios - to store and share choreography vids - reviews - inspirations - personal performances etc
- Learning Technologies - in-class recording equipment, visualisers etc
- eResources - video library - journals -
I have been dancing all my life, mainly studying ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. I have performed at many theatres including some of the more famous ones in London's West End. I studied dance academically as well as vocationally at Brockenhurst College, Millennium Arts (Professional Dance Academy) and at Middlesex University. Throughout my training I rarely used any technology - mostly it was to write up essays, give presentations and to watch videos (on tape!)
I currently teach Adult Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Classical Greek at a local dance school as well as choreographing dances for local shows and national dance competitions. many of my dances have been performed at 'All England Dance Competitions' and 'Dance Genre-Specific Finals'.
In my current and previous job role, I am responsible for the promotion of technology to enhance teaching and learning across Higher Education. As mentioned above, I rarely came into contact with technology, nor were my teachers keen on technology (emails were scary to them!). I have a great understanding of various eLearning Technologies including Moodle VLEs and Mahara ePortfolios.
What started this idea?
A friend of mine (with whom I trained for 5 years) is currently a lecturer at Middlesex university. It was over a glass of wine that I explained to her what my job was and why I do it. I asked her if she was aware of what learning Technology support was available to her - and unsurprisingly she had no idea!
I advised her to get in contact with her campus eLearning Support Officer for a chat to find out what was available.