The Teachers Workshop I:
Intentional Teaching and Lesson Plans
As a teacher, knowing how to communicate your knowledge about bellydance is at least as important as the knowledge itself. Learning to be an intentional teacher and to create dynamic lesson plans are the foundation of effective teaching. In this workshop we explore teacher efficacy and how to become an intentional teacher, information processing and how we learn, effective ways to communicate ideas, and the learning theories most applicable in the bellydance classroom. We also investigates how to write a lesson plan including differentiating the plan to meet individual learners needs, maintaining momentum in the plan, and organizing the plan into a larger curriculum. Finally, we consider the best methods to deliver your lesson plan to your students based on direct and student-centered instructional methods.

The Teachers Workshop II:
Assessment
Assessment is a key component of effective teaching as it helps us answer the important questions of, “Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?” “Are our students learning what we hope for them to learn?” and, “Is there a better way to teach so that our students can meet the lesson objectives more effectively?” In this workshop we explore linking lesson plan objectives and assessment, using curriculum based measurement tools in your bellydance classroom, and creating rubrics and assessment scales. We also investigate teacher self-assessment, how to assess instruction before assessing learners, program evaluation, and tracking progress over time. Furthermore, we examine accountability, interpreting results, the consequences and ethics of assessment, and communicating assessment information to students.

The Teachers Workshop III:
Classroom Management
The classroom community is often the deciding factor as to whether your students continue coming back to class. Creating that community requires attention and skill. In this workshop we explore the teacher-student relationship, gaining student perspective, establishing the attitudes and structures that support a positive learning community, and developing the student-centered classroom. We investigate how the Circle of Courage, a model of student-centered empowerment based on Native American philosophies, enhances your classroom community. Additionally, we discuss motivation and engagement, positive behavior management for the adult learner, setting expectations, and time management during your lesson.

Theatrical Bellydance I:
Performance Skill Building Through Improvisational Collaborative Exercises

Develop your performance skills so you can better showcase your talent and increase your audience’s reception of you. This workshop introduces you to the concepts of narrative theatrical bellydance by employing experiential learning through improvisational exercises and identifies the difference between amateur and professional quality performances. The exercises of this workshop allow the dancer to increase sensory awareness and responsiveness, organically build a character, explore scene elements, work with emotion, and increase dramatic physicalization. Throughout these exercises the dancer experiences the concepts of maintaining a complete focus, letting go of self-judgment while performing, learning to respond authentically in the moment, showing rather than telling the story, and how to honestly extend toward the audience to build a connection you both will remember for time to come.

Theatrical Bellydance II:
Improvisational Collaborative Storytelling Through Dance

Explore a fun way to build a narrative bellydance choreography with a group of dancers. This workshop can be tailored to your troupe’s needs or taught as a general introduction to a group of dancers wanting to learn more about collaborative storytelling through dance. We focus on collectively creating and communicating to the audience the where, who, what, when and how of your story. This workshop explores the three environments that performers must create to physicalize the scene of their story, capture its essence, and communicate that scene to the audience. Additionally, we investigate collaborative staging exercises that create dynamic stage pictures and floor plans to use the full stage space, including beyond the “fourth wall.” We also explore how to cultivate character and character movement as a group and how to develop material and build a story collaboratively. Whether you have a story in mind that you want to tell or you just want to learn more about the collaborative theatrical process, this workshop is sure to ignite your creativity, get you out of your head and into the performing space, and help you create dynamic intentions to communicate to your audience.

Theatrical Bellydance III:
Troupe Think

If you have recently formed a new troupe, want to strengthen the cohesiveness of your established troupe, or just want to learn how to increase “troupe think,” this workshop will inspire innovative team building. Improvisation games are the foundation of Meaghann Lynne’s theatrical bellydance format and the perfect medium for dancers to relax into the collaborative process, be fully present in the moment, practice spontaneity, increase trust in each other, move beyond approval/disapproval and into a sense of personal freedom and responsibility, and discover a collective expression unique to each group of dancers. This workshop increases dancers’ ability to respond to each other in a supportive way, refines group creative problem solving capabilities, and presents the opportunity for dancers to achieve cooperative ingenuity. Not only will you grow your team building skills, you will also have fun, strengthen relationships, and remember what it feels like to just play.

The descriptions above detail a two-hour workshop format. Workshops can be adapted to meet the needs of specific groups and to accommodate one and one-and-a-half hour formats. Please contact Meaghann Lynne to begin the booking process.