Teaching Opportunities

Teacher Training Opportunities available to book now –

KFA Training – Sit and Stay Fit Module for Level 2/3 qualified teachers

The Keep Fit Association Training Module for qualified Level 2/3 teachers will enable you to teach chair based classes. The module includes a combination of distance learning (minimum 12 hours) and practical interactive learning (18 hours)

  • Tutors: Ann Cutler and June Billington
  • Distance Learning: 01 August to 30 August 2018
  • Practical Learning:  01 September, 15 September and 06 October 2018  10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Venue: St Andrews Church Hall, Greenway Avenue, Taunton,TA2 6HU
  • Module Fee: £199.00 – EMDUK Open Bursary worth up to £50
  • Application Contact:  Jackie Winder, National Training and Qualifications Secretary Email: kfatraining@emduk.org Tel: 07979 750382

Laban Dance Fitness Certificate

Would you like to teach dance inspired fitness classes, which are effective, safe and improve overall well-being for everyone?

Then look no further this 2 day course is for you.

It is based on Rudolph Laban’s Analysis of Movement. Laban was a dance theorist, teacher and choreographer who analysed movement. This course provides a unique opportunity to develop creativity using dance and movement ideas that will make your class different and stand out from other disciplines.

  • Venue: Bradmore Community Centre, Birches Barn Rd, Bradmore, Wolverhampton, WV3 7JB
  • Dates: 8th July & 12 August 2018
  • Course Fee: £275 includes handbook & several lesson plans to get you started
  • Don’t forget I‘m eligible for an Open Bursary!
  • Qualification gained: Laban Dance Fitness Certificate
  • Training Provider: The Keep Fit Association
  • Application Contact : Jackie Winder, National Training and Qualifications Secretary  Email: kfatraining@emduk.org  Tel: 07979 750382

Teachers are our motivation and the KFA is their inspiration

Many of our teachers have personal stories about how teaching KFA Laban Dance Fitness has been life affirming for them. Here are two inspirational stories.

Why don’t you join the family and develop your career with the KFA sharing the joy of movement and dance

Keep Fit Association Teachers deliver creative  movement and dance exercise classes, which are effective, safe and improve all aspects of physical and overall well-being. This is achieved with Laban’s movement principles.

The Keep Fit Association offers career opportunities opportunities for all. When qualified KFA teachers enjoy long-term career income with flexible working hours and the support of an accredited National Organisation.

KFA teachers – Su Burton and Pauline Cockburn talk about their journey to teach KFA Laban Dance Fitness ……

Su Burton

With an active background in sports and a love of gym work Su became a longstanding member of Basildon Sports Council where she got to work alongside teachers representing the Keep Fit Association (KFA). Having enjoyed tap ballet and highland dancing as a child she was keen to give our dance fitness classes a try, and it was an astute KFA class member who spotted details of a KFA teacher training course in Hertfordshire and thought Su might be interested in signing up. as a former school science technician Su occasionally dabbled in taking sessions with sixth formers and enjoyed passing on her knowledge  so she found the idea of teaching dance fitness very appealing and joined the course.

Su found the home study focusing on anatomy and physiology easy to follow and to fit in around a busy lifestyle and she enjoyed t he online tests which helped consolidate learning in the lead up to gaining the Level 3 qualification. On the practical course training days she learned how to manage a group of people and help them to move safely to music with whole body movements, being mindful of offering alternatives where needed for some class members. This aspect of the course was very appealing as Su was keen to start non competitive class for people of all ages who struggle with very fast high impact work that forms a big part of todays’ fitness scene.

Having qualified in April 2016 Su took over an established class in Ingatestone from a teacher leaving the area and is also building a new weekly class in Noak Bridge,  Basildon. She is gaining more experience by standing in for teachers during holidays and like all our teachers, Su has developed her own style and ways of integrating Laban movement ideas into her fitness sessions. Su is passionate about seeing her class members progress, achieving improved levels of fitness and enjoying the social interaction with others.

One of the things Su enjoys about being a teacher with the KFA is the feeling of being part of a teaching community and the opportunity for mentoring. She has appreciated the support from other teachers who have been very willing to help Su in her transition from student to teacher, building her confidence during this crucial stage of her journey. Su says that her next step is to build on her knowledge of Laban’s movement with further training.

Pauline Cockburn

Pauline Cockburn qualified as a KFA teacher in 2015 and runs a successful weekly class in Hornchurch. In love with dance as a child, illness forced her to give up everything she was enjoying and it was not until recovering after a major operation that she went on a mission to dance once again. Aged 23, she signed up for classes in modern and tap dancing, went onto pass her exams, and finally  qualified to teach with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). She discovered her passion for teaching and set up tap dancing classes for adults and for children.

Balancing teaching a number of classes while managing a career and staying healthy was something of a challenge, and through her interest in dance therapy Pauline started to diversify. The Dancing Times sparked in interest in many areas and when she found Laban and KFA Pauline knew it would be right up her street. She out her name down for a teacher training course, and was delighted when South East Essex KFA announced the start of a Level 3 course in Upminster. In her mind she had already signed up for the course believing she would love it.

Despite her teaching background Pauline found that with the KFA she started to appreciate the physical benefits of movement that she was learning to put together for a class. Understanding what a movement is doing for the body, and that every movement has a physical benefit – whether skill or health related – was a new approach. As she says – KFA work is not just about technique, it’s holistic, knitting together Laban’s movement theory, creative choreography and a degree of mental and physical challenge.

Pauline loves teaching. For her it’s all about showing the way to class members who have not moved to music before and seeing them enjoy it so much. Observing their progress and achievements motivates her every week, particularly when she hears people say they are so glad they came through the door to give it a go.

Pauline values the support network that the KFA offers its teachers. She believes that the programme of professional development on offer, including opportunities for mentoring, is outstanding, and is not to be found elsewhere. She sees the KFA as offering true community dance – inclusive, welcoming and non-competitive, while offering events that provide opportunities for all who want to perform and compete. Her next step with the KFA is to learn more about working with older adults and running safe chair-based classes.

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