Teaching Methods for Dance Instructors

Class Description

A two-day, 12-hour dance technique teaching practicum for dance teachers. Topics include best practices for class structure, presentation, demonstration, cueing, counting in, methods for feedback, addressing learning styles, the psychology of teaching, adapting content for beginners, and working with a live musician.


Course Learning Objectives:


“Teaching Methods for Dance Instructors” is designed to

  1. Provide participants with theoretical discussions of best teaching practices
  2. Provide participants with opportunities to practice teaching strategies among peers
  3. Serve as professional development for dance technique teachers
  4. Provide a community of educators to network and share experiences


In this Workshop, participants will:

  1. Discuss dance teaching skills, strategies, theories
  2. Practice teaching and refining teaching skills and strategies to peers
  3. Observe and constructively critique peers practice-teaching
  4. Receive information about best practices in teaching dance technique
  5. Receive a Professional Development Certificate of Completion

Meet the Faculty!

Lodi McClellan has performed with the Chamber Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Beth Soll and Company, Llory Wilson, Nina Wiener, and many freelance artists. Her technique teaching credits span forty years, and include the University of Washington, CENTRUM, American Dance Institute, Strictly Seattle, Dance Fremont!, ARC, Harvard University, Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornish College of the Arts (since 1996), and numerous private studios on both coasts.

Over one hundred of her dance reviews and articles have been published in Teaching Artist Journal, Dance Teacher Magazine, World Dance Alliance, The Seattle Weekly, Eastside Week, Dance International, The International Dictionary of Modern Dance, SenseAbility, Curve, and DanceNet. McClellan has presented pre-performance lectures for the Chamber Dance Company, Seattle Theater Group, and The Orcas Center, and has served as a panelist and facilitator for the Dance Critics Association,, and the University of Washington Dance Program. McClellan was the recipient of the Cornish College of the Arts Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and 2016.


MFA, Dance Criticism

University of Washington

BA, Dance

Mount Holyoke College

Michele Miller graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park College with a BA degree in Dance and a minor in Accounting. She moved to New York City, living there for eight years, dancing, choreographing and managing Dance Space Inc., where she began teaching dance under the instruction of Lynn Simonson and studying Pilates at the Pilates Institute with Cary Regan. Michele moved to Seattle in 1992 to dance with the Pat Graney Company and began teaching at Dance Center Seattle. She opened Velocity Dance Center in 1996, now the premier studio in Seattle for modern dance.

Michele opened Shift Movement and Healing Arts in 2010, where she currently teaches Pilates, martial arts, and dance. She began creating choreographic work with her dance company Michele Miller/Catapult Dance in 2014. Beyond dance, Michele continues her studies of Pilates and martial arts. She recently took the certification to teach the Bodhi System (aerial Pilates), and trains regularly with her Taiji and Kung Fu teacher in Hong Kong, Cheung Yui Shing.


BA in Dance with a minor in Accounting

Point Park College (Summa Cum Laude)


Program Continuing Education


  • Summer: August 1st & 2nd
    • Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ages 18+

Discipline Dance

Price $400.00

Dress Requirements

Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Location: Kerry Hall, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

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