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The ADF Teachers Room Has Been Re-Invigorated for 2024!

Calling All Dance Teachers

Join us in the Teachers Room and elevate your teaching to extraordinary heights!

  • Revolutionize your classroom with innovative strategies that will exponentially enhance your students' results.

  • Indulge in a delectable free lunch on Saturday and connect with fellow educators over afternoon drinks.

  • Exciting prize giveaways await, offering the chance to walk away with fabulous gifts

  • Streamline class management, achieve seamless growth, and unlock studio success.

  • Discover the secrets to maximising revenue, and attracting more students.

Friday in te Teachers Room

FRIDAY 15/09

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9am - 10am

Rambert Grades: Introduction and Workshop 

This innovative workshop, presented by Rambert Grades, will explore this pioneering contemporary dance syllabus created as a collaboration between two world-leading organisations in contemporary dance: Rambert (dance company) and Rambert School. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in an exploration of the three strands of the Rambert Grades syllabus; Technical, Creative and Performance. Led by experienced Rambert Grades faculty members, this immersive experience will unveil the holistic ethos of Rambert Grades to assist teachers to develop individual artistic expression and confidence in their students. 

10.15am - 11am

Dance for Older Learners: Silver Swans Workshop
Presented By:  Special Guest

Learn more about the benefits of ballet for older learners in this workshop based on the RAD Silver Swans programme for over-55’s. Led by seasoned Silver Swans Licensee, this workshop will give you a greater understanding of how to safely modify and deliver ballet classes to older learners. Embrace this unique opportunity to expand your teaching repertoire, engage a wider community of dancers and learn more about RAD’s Silver Swans programme. 

11.10am - 11.30am

Harmonizing Ballet: Unlocking Musicality

Presented By: RAD Pianist Grant Kennedy 

Join us at this enlightening workshop, tailored exclusively for dance teachers, as Grant expertly delves into the profound impact of music on dance training. Discover innovative teaching methods, practical exercises, and invaluable insights on how to cultivate musicality in your students. Immerse yourself in the art of dance accompanied by live piano, acquiring the tools to enhance rhythm, expression, and artistic nuance. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to elevate your teaching and infuse your classes with the transformative power of music. 

11.30am - 12.30pm

Dancing with Freedom: Mastering Open Class Delivery 

Led by an esteemed RAD examiner and accompanied by RAD pianist Grant Kennedy, this workshop aims to empower and inspire dance teachers in crafting dynamic and engaging open ballet classes. Gain valuable insights, practical tips, and innovative methodologies on structuring lessons, introducing repertoire variations, and fostering creativity. Explore the art of balancing technique and artistic expression, while nurturing individuality and joy in your students. Unleash your teaching potential in this immersive workshop that will leave you equipped to create extraordinary open ballet classes that captivate and inspire.  

1.30pm - 2pm

Safeguarding in Dance
Presented By: RAD Safeguarding Coordinator Kassie Bromley 

Presented by the Royal Academy of Dance’s dedicated Safeguarding Coordinator, this enlightening session will equip you with essential knowledge and strategies to learn more about creating a safe and secure environment for your students. Explore the safeguarding, and best practices in dance education, through interactive discussions and practical scenarios. Discover how to navigate potential challenges, protect vulnerable students, and cultivate a culture of respect and well-being. 

2.15pm - 3.30pm

Beyond Traditional Exams:
Unlocking the Spectrum of Exams & Awards with RAD 

This session will take you on a deep dive into the fascinating world of the Discovering Repertoire Syllabus and the versatile Solo Performance Awards. This workshop aims to expand your understanding of dance assessment by exploring innovative pathways for students' artistic growth and development. Discover how the Discovering Repertoire Syllabus can enhance technical proficiency and broaden repertoire knowledge. Delve into the exciting possibilities of Solo Performance Awards as an extension or alternative to traditional graded examinations. 

3.45pm - 4.45pm

Dance Teacher Education: An Innovative Approach  

By adopting a student-centred approach to teacher training that incorporates both online learning and studio-based teaching practice, RAD Faculty of Education’s portfolio of programmes is designed to meet the immediate and future aspirations of today’s dance teachers. This discussion will outline innovative approaches to initial dance teacher education that put students at the heart of their learning and teaching experiences, assisting them to take their first steps to a rewarding and exciting career in dance teaching.  

Saturday Teachers Room


Gabby Robinson from Empowerdance will be back in the Teachers Room on Saturday to ensure a smooth transitioning of workshops in the

Teachers Room and to facilitate the fun and games to be had during the Free Lunch & Afternoon Drinks!

9.00am -

How to Beat Technique Double-Think & Get in-class Breakthroughs for your Students' Technique

Presented by Zac Jones from Heal Yourself & Move

Ever given your students what seems like the perfect set of corrections for them to achieve the right placement, and then seen it all fall apart the second they are asked to move that shape?

Or even worse, they somehow manage to keep the shapes but are not be able to move them at all?!

In this ground-breaking Masterclass, Heal Yourself and Move founder Zac Jones will publicly reveal for the first time the HY+M muscle memory methodology that allows shape and movement, engagement and release to be accessed simultaneously without conflict, technique paralysis or strain.

This masterclass is a 'must attend' for all teachers and studio owners needing student transformations for all ages, abilities and dance styles-including resolving their own teaching related 'war wounds'.

10.20am - 11.20am

Progressing Ballet Technique


Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to assist with injury prevention and rehabilitation. PBT helps teachers around the world prepare their students to receive the strength they need to achieve their personal best.

PBT focuses on core strength, weight placement and alignment of the body with a gradual approach of carefully designed exercises and repetitions of these exercises that trigger their muscle memory.

11.30am - 12.30pm

Common Dance Injuries & How to Address them with your Students

Presented by Tyler Heath from Injury Prevention Alliance


Are you tired of seeing your talented students succumb to burnout and injuries.  Are you frustrated by your students copying tricks inspired by Instagram and injuring themselves because they don't understand how to do it safely?

Tyler Heath from the Injury Prevention Alliance (IPA) has the solution you've been seeking. We understand that the demanding nature of dance can take a toll on young performers, often leading to burnout, both physically and mentally.

We believe that injury prevention is a vital aspect of nurturing dancers, and through our workshop, you'll grasp a better understanding of how to implement it across your studio.

Walk away from our sessions equipped with invaluable knowledge, ready to instill discipline and self-care in your students. Don't miss this chance to empower yourself as a dance teacher and elevate your students' dance experience to new heights!

12.30pm - 2pm

Free Teachers Lunch & Fantastic Giveaways

Take a break from the crowds and enjoy a complimentary lunch in our exclusive Teachers Room. It's the perfect opportunity to network with ADF instructors, have your burning questions answered one-on-one by our expert presenters, and connect with fellow educators in a relaxed setting.

While you're there, make sure to visit the booths in the Teachers Room and get your Teachers Card stamped. Why? Because every stamp brings you closer to the exciting prize giveaways happening at 3.30pm. Don't miss your chance to win fantastic prizes and take home something extra special!

2pm - 3.30pm

Join the Discussion:  Royal Caribbean's Insight on Australian Dancers & the Future of Dance Education

Welcome to an exclusive opportunity to gain valuable feedback from Royal Caribbean, one of the biggest recruiters of Australian dancers. As dance teachers, you hold the power to shape and nurture extraordinary talent, and now it's time to discover why Royal Caribbean love the dancers that you have had a hand in shaping.

Celebrate the pride you feel as dance educators, knowing that your hard work has resulted in dancers who captivate the world. However, it's important to acknowledge the stormy seas ahead and the trends that could potentially harm Australia's reputation as a producer of world-class dancers.

In this thought-provoking discussion, we'll dive deep into the future of dance education. If you believe in the significance of technique and foundation, valuing them over fleeting trends and TikTok sensations, then you'll relish being a part of this conversation.

Don't miss your chance to join us and contribute to shaping the path forward for Australian dancers. Together, let's empower the next generation with the skills and artistry that will truly make them stand out on the global stage.

Be part of the discussion and be a catalyst for change in the world of dance education.

3.30pm - 4.30pm

Cheers & Surprises Await: Indulge in Drinks and Win Big!

Welcome to the most anticipated moment of the day—a time to unwind, raise a glass of bubbly, and let loose. Take this opportunity to unwind, mingle, and connect with fellow educators in a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

As you sip on your favourite beverage, make sure to collect all the stamps for your Teachers Card. This is your last chance to gather them all and put yourself in the running for incredible prizes generously provided by our boothholders. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to win some truly special gifts!

Join us for an unforgettable experience of camaraderie, celebration, and surprises. Raise your glass, embrace the moment, and let the joy of networking and prize giveaways fill the air.

Sunday Teachers Room

SUNDAY 17/09

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9am - 10am

Unlocking Your CEO Rhythm:
Discover Your Groove for Maximum Studio Revenue  
Presented by Olivia Mode-Cater

As dancers, we understand the importance of rhythm and staying on beat. As business owners, however, it can be hard to get in sync with the right patterns and flow to achieve your revenue goals.


In this session, we will guide you through Dance Studio Owners Association’s method for goal setting and planning for success. You’ll walk away with an understanding of your yearly, monthly, and weekly non-negotiables as a business owner and will leave feeling empowered to step into your role as CEO of your studio.

10.15am - 11.15am

The Enrolment Tipping Point
Presented by Olivia Mode-Cater

All the marketing in the world won't guarantee that people will register for classes. Why?

Studio owners often inadvertently create gaps in their enrolment process that give parents a way to opt out. It's not on purpose, but the gaps severely affect their conversion rate and revenue. In this session, we’ll reveal:

·       Three pitfalls in your enrolment process which are turning away potential customers.

·       Three strategies to help you increase your enrolment by 20% or more! 

·       How to make enrolment smooth and easy for maximum conversions and revenue!

11.30am - 12.30pm

Seamless Steps to Success: Unleash the Power of DanceStudio-Pro for Higher Trial and Conversion Rates
Presented by Liz Kawulok

Join us for an enlightening workshop as we unveil the power of DanceStudio-Pro, the ultimate tool to seamlessly convert leads to trials and enroll as paying customers! In this session, you’ll discover how this cutting-edge software can revolutionize your studio's operations, enhance efficiency, and provide a smooth experience for both your staff and customers

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Achieving Maximum Profit with End-of-Year Concerts

Presented by Olivia Cater-Mode & Laura Cole
Want to make sure you are making the maximum profit with your end-of-year concert?

In this session, we are:

·       Debunking 3 myths costing your studio time and money.

·       Providing easy-to-implement solutions to fill the gaps in your show revenue.

·       Overcoming your biggest headaches of the end-of-year concert season.

Are you ready to simplify your process AND have the most lucrative concert yet? Join us for this action-packed session!

3pm - 4pm

Bringing it all Together! How Dance Studio-Pro Can Revolutionize Your Business

Presented by Liz Kawulok

During this session, we will do an interactive demo of DanceStudio-Pro, so you can see the wide range of features that can transform how you run your business, including:

  • Tuition Setup

  • Payment Processing

  • Marketing

  • Costuming

  • End-of-Year Performance

  • And more!

We will also have an open Q&A session to answer all your burning questions about dance studio software!

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