PTD Workshop 2019

PTD Workshop 2019

Event Date: 31 August 2019

The 2019 PTD Workshop was held at the Imperial Hotel, London on the 31st August. Teachers, examiners and students from around the country made the journey to London to support the event and learn the exciting new syllabus work the PTD is offering.

We were delighted to welcome the founder of the PTD, Jan Baker, who has a wealth of dance knowledge and experience and who choreographed the Grade 5 Tap Dance syllabus. Jan delivered the lecture teaching each element to a crowded floor of teachers and students. Jan was supported by Angela Backen who assisted by demonstrating the work.

The Grade 5 work was designed not only for the pursuit of dance excellence but also for enjoyment and this was evident from those participating in the lecture. The work is progressively structured to ensure a developmental flow from Grade 4 to Grade 5 and to prepare students for the vocational grades.  A syllabus filled with a range of rhythms and styles to capture the imagination of students who will study the work.

To refresh and update the Intermediate Tap Dance syllabus Jan also choreographed and taught at the workshop the new Dance Sequence to the music Jelly Bean Boogie. As from September 2020 this sequence will become a compulsory part of the Intermediate Tap Dance syllabus. It certainly was a lively, rhythmical boogie! A thoroughly enjoyable session.

The workshop continued its lively and fast-moving pace with Emma Brown, a PTD examiner who has, over recent years developed and introduced the Hip Hop syllabi. Emma began with the Primary Hip Hop syllabus. This syllabus is designed as a developmental bridge between Preliminary and Grade 1 and was enthusiastically welcomed. In addition, this syllabus will prepare young students for the work included in Grade 1. So that teachers could see the development of the work from Primary to Grade 1 this syllabus was also taught by Emma.

There was no slowing down during the day as Emma introduced the new Grade 5 Hip Hop syllabus. The workshop delegates took on the challenge of learning and dancing this fast-moving and intricate syllabus set to music that made us all want to dance! Much laughter as participants tackled the syllabus and were guided through each element by Emma.

As with all the PTD syllabi, this syllabus shows the development of technique, dance, musicality and presentation through the grades and has the addition of an improvisation sections that was considered a welcome inclusion. To slow the pace down a little before we all left for our homeward journeys we concluded with a Q&A session where we recapped on examination entry procedures and some syllabus points.

We would like to thank you for attending and for your contributions to a very informative, lively and enjoyable day.