Synergy Dance® Outreach 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. The team are experienced in working and engaging with both children and adults and are experts in their field.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team are trained by Para Dance UK on their inclusive dance teaching course. Many of our Teaching Assistants also work in schools as primary or secondary teachers or assistants. They are passionate about reaching all children/adults who can benefit from dance. We share the ParaDance ethos that:
Instructors employ our signature Impro-Dance™ (freestyle, participant-led sections). Dance games and flexible teaching styles enhance the learning and dance experience for every young person, improving memory, creative skills, coordination and musicality. We target inactive children who may especially benefit from an inclusive and specialist dance and movement class.
Our instructors can provide an Inclusive Dance Movement Class and/or Yoga and wellbeing class for SEND or mainstream participants.
Our specialist members on the team can coach:
- Synergy SEND Dance and Movement™ (children)
- Synergy SEND Dance and Movement™ (adults)
- Synergy SEND Yoga & Wellbeing™ for adults and children
- Synergy Art and Dance™ for adults and children
- Synergy Sit and Be Fit™ for adults and children
- Synergy Dance & Movement (Mental Health) for adults
- Synergy Dance & Movement (MS/Parkinsons) for adults
Our courses inspire participants to stimulate imaginative dance, build confidence, strengthen co-ordination and nurture a quality environment where they can relax, make friends and be creative.
The ethos of our work is to celebrate and respect the fact that each person is unique, and our classes are designed not to be competitive, rather they are supportive, fun, challenging and exciting to all who attend.
All our instructors have:
- A current enhanced DBS check.
- A current First Aid qualification.
- Up-to-date Child Protection and Safeguarding Children training.
- At least one level 2 coaching/teaching qualification.
- A level 2 certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.
- Internal ‘Continual Professional Development’ (CPD). This involves regular staff training, observations, qualification checks and reviews and client feedback.
- Experience of working in a school environment.
- Experience of working with children with additional needs – we have a specialist team to provide SEND provision.
- At least one level 2 or 3 coaching/teaching qualification.
- ParaDanceUK inclusive teaching qualification.
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 asynergy 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.
If you are interested in joining the Synergy team as a manager, instructor or assistant please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with CV and details of your experience.