Synergy Dance® Outreach instructors provide Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) programs including dance, movement, yoga, art, cookery, food and nutrition workshops and fitness classes for all ages and levels of ability. We collaborate with Para Dance UK for the provision of inclusive dance classes and are Active Surrey School Engagement partners.
We have specialist SEND and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) support staff on the team. Many of our instructors also work in schools as primary or secondary teachers or Teaching Assistants. Some have worked for the Nutrition branch or are cookery enthusiasts.
All of our SEND instructors have attended specialist training with Para Dance UK to deliver sessions for children and adults with disabilities or special needs.
How they work
We provide an ethical program for our instructors and customers and build our teams based on creativity, expertise and experience, loyalty and dedication.
Our instructors are trained in responsive teaching which means we can give every child the opportunity to dance and keep fit – regardless of whether they are able-bodied, disabled or unable to cope in a mainstream environment.
Some children and adults may find it difficult to engage in group activities. Synergy Dance® Outreach instructors are experienced in using activities which will attract everyone into the group so that taking part becomes a fun experience. This is done in close collaboration with the staff at each school or with parents, for classes in leisure time.
Our unique teaching style
We have pioneered our flexible and free style of teaching (Synergy Dance free-teaching style™), along with Impro-Dance™ (freestyle, participant-led sections). Dance games and flexible teaching styles enhance the learning and dance experience for every group. Many children wish to see pictures of their teacher before they meet, and we work with parents to fully support the transition to that first class. Each child or adult is unique and there is much preparation and attention to detail for each individual participant before class.
All our instructors have:
- A current enhanced DBS check
- A current First Aid qualification
- Para Dance UK inclusive teaching qualification
- Up-to- date Child Protection & Safeguarding Children training
- A Level 2 certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
- At least one Level 2 coaching/teaching qualification
- At least one Level 2 or 3 coaching/teaching qualification
- Experience of working with children with additional needs
- Experience of working in a school environment
- Internal ‘Continual Professional Development’ (CPD). This involves regular staff training, observations, qualification checks and reviews and client feedback
- A passion for what we are doing and trying to achieve in class
- An ability to think on their feet and go the extra mile for the love of their craft.
If you are interested in joining the Synergy team as a manager, instructor or assistant please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with a CV and details of your experience.
Serena has a Certificate in Education for performing arts and QTLS. She has taught dance for nearly 20 years and her favourite styles to teach are: musical theatre, street jazz, jazz and ballet.
Serena has also had a number of years teaching SEN students drama and Skills for Life, in which she finds incredibly satisfying, rewarding and also a lot of fun!
Josh’s professional career began with freelance dance teaching for Tavaziva Dance Company, and he worked as a support artist for the Stride project led by Dance Manchester and Company Chameleon. Josh has also had the pleasure of performing in works by Iain Stringer Works, Ruth Jones, Wired Aerial Theatre, Glasshouse, Gary Rowntree and Plan B Productions.
Josh has recently; performed in Chile with Wired Aerial Theatre to perform ‘As The World Tipped’, worked on research and development for Zoielogic. Josh also recently returned to Austria again with Wired Aerial Theatre to perform dance, aerial and stunts in the opera production of ‘Carman’ in Bregenz. Josh is now working with Fallen Angels Dance Theatre and is touring ‘Acts of Recovery.’
Behind the scenes at Synergy Dance Outreach
Performance highlights include taking part in ‘Big Commonwealth Dance’ in 2014 at Trafalgar Square, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. In 2015, she was a performer in ‘Murmurations’ by Yolonde Yorke-Edgell at Arts Depot and can be seen in the ‘Defying Dance Gravity’ sessions at the RAF Museum. She also took part in the Cohan Collective Pilot Project with Robert Cohan and Eleanor Alberga in the same year. In 2017, Sarah performed ‘(Un)touched’ by Sara-Jayne Berrill for Resolution! at The Place and ‘Home at The Rising Sun’ by Reside Dance. This year, she performed in ‘Vote 100 Public Dance & Debate’ celebrating the anniversary of the Women’s Vote and ‘The Ice Connection’ at Reading Fringe Festival 2018 for Reside Dance.
Sarah leads after school dance classes for Boogie Pumps and also teaches for Synergy Dance at workshops and parties. Working with infants to teens, she loves sharing her love of dance whilst seeing the student’s creativity and confidence grow. This year, Sarah will work with The Dance Movement to develop boys dance classes.