Extremely thoughtful and respectful of age.

Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training participant, 2021

In 2020 and 2021, I led the development and pilot delivery of Queensland Ballet’s Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training Program. This work focused on upskilling ballet teachers to work with active older adults and addressed:

  • cognitive and physical aspects of primary ageing,
  • motivations to attend ballet classes,
  • safe and effective pedagogy for active older adults,
  • teacher experiences of working with active older adults.

It was a nurturing learning experience.

Ballet for Seniors Teacher Training participant, 2021

The training and accompanying resources were informed by findings from Ballet Moves for Adult Creative Health, my research project with Queensland Ballet and Queensland University of Technology; professional and academic literature on safe dance practice and dance pedagogy for older adults; and QB Teaching Artists’ practices (with special mention to my co-trainers Melissa Tattam and Tamara Zurvas).

This project was supported by John T Reid Charitable Trusts.