Focus on Education Issue 15 July 2016
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Diploma Ceremony at Fairfield Lodge, 1957. Photo: Raymond Liao
Diploma Ceremony at Fairfield Lodge, 1957 © Raymond Liao

Students: At the heart of what we do!

Special Issue 2 of 3: Celebrating Past and Present Students

Welcome to Issue 16 of Focus on Education, the second of three special editions that mark the 70th anniversary of the Academy's three-year teacher-training programme. As we continue to celebrate our heritage in dance teacher education and training, we shine a spotlight on our students, who are central to the RAD’s mission in being a world-leading organisation in dance education.

The Faculty of Education’s leadership in teacher training is driven by the academic life-cycle of our students. Our staff offer insights into their research-based teaching practice: Melissa Gough shed light on her postgraduate research on student-led peer feedback, and Kathryn Hunwick shares her thoughts on interdisciplinary approaches to dance teaching.

BA (Hons) Dance Education 2016 graduate, Megan West explains her interest in advocacy for dance and her role as an Ambassador for One Dance UK. Helen Linkenbagh and two BA (Hons) Ballet Education 2016 graduates, Ruth Henry and Siobhan Sexton, explore the impact of the Music and Dance Symposium (October 2015) on their research experiences during their final year of study.

In shaping the field of contemporary ballet across global connections, I offer a review of the Faculty of Education-sponsored conference that took place in New York City in May 2016.

I hope that you continue to enjoy the diversity of voices and perspectives in Focus on Education!

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Editor
Guests and Staff at Awards Day 2016

Staff news and contributions

Michelle Groves reviews the first Guest Lecture Series event, In Conversation with Kathryn Wade. To broaden access to these events, our teaching members will have the exciting opportunity to watch In Conversation with Jeanetta Laurence OBE (June 8 2016) as a two-hour CPD offering. You can watch a recording of the conversation online at CPD Activities. The third event in the 2016 series will take place on Wednesday 26 October at RAD headquarters in London and will focus on the celebrated and much-respected Dr Ann Hutchinson Guest.

Earlier this year Lizz Fort, Lecturer in Dance Education, received the Roehampton Dance Award for Outstanding Development as a Research Student. This was presented following her completion of the MA in Community Dance at the University of Roehampton. Lizz's research is a significant contribution to the fields of community dance, participatory arts and curatorial practice. We extend hearty congratulations to her!

Kevin Zwierzchachewski offers his thoughts on music and dance after watching Hofesh Shechter’s Political Mother at Brixton Academy in London.

Read more about the research that our tutors have presented at conferences throughout the year.

Left to right: Guy Perricone, Leanne Benjamin, Professor Bernie Morley, Darcey Bussell CBE, Michelle Groves & Luke Rittner at Awards Day 2016. © HTempest LTD
Lauren Showler

60 seconds with Lauren Showler

Programme Officer for the Certificate in Dance Teaching Studies and the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies, Lauren Showler, talks to Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel about her role in the Faculty. Read Lauren's top tips for prospective CBTS and DDTS students.
60 Seconds with Lauren Showler

Programme news

BABE Students visit the Royal Ballet School
On Thursday 19 May, Level 6 students on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education were invited to attend the Teacher's Day at White Lodge, the Royal Ballet School.

Senior Lecturer in Ballet Education and LRAD Programme Manager Holly Price writes: “I am delighted that the students had the opportunity to observe the training and atmosphere of White Lodge and were able to ask questions.

"They had the opportunity to see the training of the lower school, and the top class doing a classical class and repertoire with both male and female Year 11 students. It was an excellent day and students thoroughly enjoyed looking around the Lodge and enjoying Richmond Park.”

This visit was made possible through the generosity of Chris Powney, Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet School and Hope Keelan, Artistic Teacher & Programme Manager, White Lodge.

BABE End of Semester Sharing of Work
On Friday 20 May, the Ballet Education students presented their end of Semester 2 Sharing of Work. In an exciting programme featuring work from all three levels, the Sharing of Work showcased extracts from repertoire, performance and choreography examinations. Ashleigh Ritchie, Programme Manager of the BA (Hons) Ballet Education writes: “All work was warmly received and all students and tutors who contributed to the evening should be commended.”

Programme Update for PGCE:Dance Teaching (with QTS)
Kathie Hunwick, Programme Manager for the  PGCE: Dance Teaching (PGCE: DT) writes: "The PGCE: DT programme drew to a close on 1st July, with the trainee teachers having completed two different placements in secondary schools and colleges, and having completed the Master's level PGCE work.

"The academic year concluded with student presentations based on action research in a school and a variety of interesting topics were offered. These included the use of mirrors in dance classes, and whether music with or without lyrics would be most beneficial for devised choreography.

Exciting sessions on new GCSE and A Level syllabus areas, student-led workshops and various important topics for the NQT year were the focus of the final onsite module taught at RAD HQ. Among the areas of study, trainees could be seen trying out moves from repertoire of Rambert Dance Company, looking at the latest government policies, and visiting SEND placements and a Pupil Remand Unit.

Many of the trainees have already been successful in gaining employment and are looking forward to starting their NQT year. We wish all of our trainee teachers a long and successful teaching career!"

Graduating Students at Awards Day 2016 © HTempest LTD
Holly Price and Darcy Bussell

Awards Day 2016

Staff, students and guests gathered on Friday 8 April at the University of Surrey for the last postgraduate ceremony in Guildford and on Wednesday 20 July at the Imperial College in London for the Faculty of Education’s first Awards Day conferring both university-validated degrees and professional awards. Read some of the highlights!

Heulwen Price FRAD with Darcey Bussell CBE at Awards Day 2016. © Jenelle Rutherford
Graduate Robes

Alumni: tell us your story!

Are you a graduate of the Faculty of Education? How did your teacher-training programme influence your career? Would you like to share your experiences with our network of teaching members?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Email your story and photographs to Dr Kathrina Farrugia Kriel by the end of August to get your story heard!

Students and Tutors at Awards Day 2016. © HTempest LTD
University of Mississippi Students Visit RAD

Student news

In June this year, the RAD played host to University of Southern Mississippi Professor, Stacy Reischman Fletcher, along with four of her undergraduate dance students. Read Shelly Saint Smith's report on their visit.

In May, postgraduate student Kylie Radford presented a paper titled From “Burudani” to Making Impact: Insights and Perceptions of a French Artistic Director’s Journey with the Uganda National Contemporary Ballet at the Society of Dance History Scholars’ Contemporary Ballet Conference in New York. The case study showed how the genre of contemporary ballet is currently interpreted within the work of the Uganda National Contemporary Ballet under the directorship of French choreographer and dancer Valerie Miquel. You can also read Kylie’s reflections on her trip.

BA (Hons) Dance Education graduate Samantha Parsons also shares her experiences of the Contemporary Ballet Conference, while MA in Education (Dance Teaching) graduate Tina Zubovic reviews the Mia Slavenska Symposium that took place in Croatia (February 2016).

This year’s recipients of the Iris Truscott Scholarships are Maisie Byers for the Licentiate programme (LRAD) and Sophie Briffa, for the BA (Hons) Dance Education. The scholarships by the Iris Truscott Trust are awarded annually to Faculty of Education students.

Professor Stacey Reischman Fletcher with four of her students at RAD HQ © Shelly Saint Smith

Other news

We regret to announce the passing of Rosemary Butcher MBE. Read a tribute.

Rosemary Butcher, MBE © Middlesex University

Contact us

The Faculty of Education welcomes feedback on issues raised in Focus on Education, as well as aspects of dance and dance education which you would like to feature in future issues. Please e-mail Roslyn Forman with any comments, thoughts or ideas

Editor: Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

Production Coordinator:
Roslyn Forman
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