Is this program just for newer dancers, or would it be relevant to a seasoned competitor?
The Dancer Development program is incredibly relevant to experienced dancers. Regardless of your past education, it is a unique method that requires training to understand and put into practice. Your years of experience might make you quicker at learning it, but they don't exclude you from getting an immense value from the training, because the content is not something you have likely studied before. You would be surprised how much of your dance is simply "surviving" when it could be "thriving".
How does this compare to your Teacher Development Program?
Everyone starts with the Swing Literacy Dancer Development Program, but the newly upgraded teachers' version contains additional teacher materials and assignments on how to develop dancers smarter. The Bootcamp version also includes a Teachers Lab: live weekly teacher coaching.
Upon completion of the Dancer Development Program, teachers continue to the Teaching Impact Practicum, which is a separate course for more applied skills on implementing their Swing Literacy skills into their teaching, structuring their class series, planning their lesson content, practical dance pedagogy, and optimizing marketing efforts.
How long does it take to complete?
It depends on how focused and motivated you are. The total DDP takes about 40 hours. Module 1 is mostly theory that can be read or consumed like a podcast. In the rest of the Modules, each lesson might take 10-30 minutes to work through, some with a super short quiz at the end. In this Bootcamp, we will be focusing only on Modules 1, 2, and 4.
What kind of assignments and testing will I have to do?
In the DDP, all of your coursework is online, inside this website. You will be able to progress at your own pace, and return to re-read material. Each lesson requires you to answer a few multiple choice questions in order to access the next lesson. There is no final exam.
Can't I just download the videos and do it offline?
No: The program is not just a bunch of instructional videos. The DDP takes advantage of the power of a digital course. It includes mostly written material, supported by videos, images, article links, and interactive quizzes in a progressive sequence to create a more thorough and balanced learning experience than simply reading a manual or watching a video.
Can I just take the Bootcamp and not the Dancer Development program?
No. The Bootcamp is simply a delivery method of the DDP - the Bootcamp doesn't exist on its own. It's like a book club - there's no point in showing up to the meetings if you have no intention of reading the book.
What happens after the Bootcamp?
When you complete all 6 Modules of the DDP, you will receive Swing Literacy Dancer Certification.
Teachers enrolled in the DDP Teachers' Track continue on to the Teaching Practicum (Bootcamp or self-study)
You will have 3 years access to the Dancer Development Program website and the Bootcamp Facebook group. After that, members get ongoing access in Momentum (membership exclusive to alumni).