Dance Teaching Approach
Elise Phillips Dance offers inclusive, honest and reflective teaching and sessions focus on finding what feels good as much as being rigorous and specific with your body.
Elise is most excited by finding ways into moving and dancing starting from familiar places – your own body, everyday objects, words, landscapes – and this informs her classes, workshops and projects.
Sessions offer people the opportunity to: be a new fresh version of themselves in a supportive environment, deepen their relationship with their body, connect with others, feel supported to take a risks, and find joy and freedom in movement.
What this looks like in class
Support and encouragement is given in spades to empower learners to take risks, make personal breakthroughs and promote group cohesion
Differentiation is offered throughout each session, via specific instructions, attentive planning and general ethos of ‘find what feels good’
Input and feedback from students is encouraged, as is experimentation and peer learning
Constructive and specific teacher feedback is offered in all classes – too many classes offer steps but no feedback so learners don’t know if they’re progressing
Speed of sessions is dictated by group ability and is intended to be enjoyable and challenging for everyone
Safe dance practice is considered at all times – in class planning, structure & instructions given
Workshops are an opportunity to go deeper into your dance and movement practice, often including elements of improvisation, a multidisciplinary approach to making and working in group.