Creative INSET: Making dance possible for all - 28 January 2021

Led by icandance, this interactive session will explore dance for all

About this INSET

Dance offers children and young people an opportunity to explore, discover and express their experiences of the world around them; understanding themselves in relation to others, as well as a way of being seen and celebrated.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn the basic elements of dance
  • Explore what dance offers each learner
  • Learn how to use dance as an opportunity to support learners creativity, learning and wellbeing

Through sharing strategies, offering practical examples and case studies, as well as inviting sharing from participants, this interactive session will help teachers to develop their understanding of how to work with learners’ identified needs and reimagine dance for all.

Learning outcomes for participants

By the end of the session, participants will understand:

  • Why we dance – how it is a tool for understanding and exploring everyday life
  • How to develop each learner’s awareness of, and relationship with, self and others
  • The fundamentals of movement as the foundations of creating, teaching and learning dance
  • Key features of making dance accessible and celebratory for all

Who is this session for?

This event is suitable for teachers from all Key Stages and contexts who want to reflect on and develop their understanding of what dance is, and how to use it to support all learners’ creativity, learning and wellbeing.

We regret that this session is not open to colleagues from cultural organisations or freelancers working with schools.

Please note: this session is designed for participation and attendees will be asked to have their cameras on

About icandance

icandance specialises in delivering creative dance to children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities. Each week we work with around 100 young people in Camden, delivering weekly sessions which include an inclusive dance club for disabled and non-disabled young people. The icandance approach incorporates Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), dance and Special Educational techniques to support all young people to develop their creativity, learning and wellbeing.

About the facilitators

Juliet Diener is Founder and CEO of icandance. She is a qualified Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Cecchetti ballet teacher, and teacher with a background in teaching and leadership roles in both mainstream and Special Education Needs schools in the UK and South Africa. Juliet has worked in partnership with many dance organisations and companies to support them to develop their inclusive practice, including BalletBoyz and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Juliet is currently pursuing her PhD in exploring the unique model of working at icandance.

Peter Laycock is Head of Creative Programmes at icandance. He is a qualified secondary school teacher with an MA in Choreography and over two decades of experience in arts participation and education. Peter has taught dance to learners of all ages, and has supported teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of dance through professional development and written resources on behalf of The Place, Trinity Laban and The Princes Foundation for Children and The Arts.

Event Details




28 January 2021


2:30PM 4:30PM



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