Soft Skills in dance – A guidebook to enhance your practice

Are you a dance artist, teacher or choreographer working in a participatory context? Do you offer workshops, classes or create work in a community engaged setting? Are you interested in expanding your practice outside the dance field?

This guidebook asks you to consciously engage with the soft skills already living in your dance practice. The aim of the guidebook is to equip you with tools to communicate what soft skills you use and how you develop them with dance participants, collaborators and potentially with employers and organisations, as well. It will support you in your choreographic, teaching and facilitation approaches, so you can also share your knowledge of soft skills with others. You will also find various mixed media contributions, which will accompany you visually as another layer of reflection on the topics.

The guidebook holds much layered information and is built thoroughly, so take your time engaging with it and come back to it on a regular basis to grasp what it can offer.

In this guidebook you will discover:

  • what soft skills are
  • how they uniquely develop in dance
  • how to identify them in your own dance practice
  • ways to develop soft skills with your participants and collaborators
  • how to communicate your soft skill strengths with the potential to bring them into sectors outside of the dance field.

As you move through the guidebook you will find audio guides, reflective tasks, prompts and impulses. You can use these to discover new layers in your own dance practice and how you may further cultivate soft skills in others.

There is a progression from one chapter to the next, but you can also move around within the guidebook according to your individual interests and timing. You can engage with the guidebook on your own or with your colleagues and collaborators. We encourage you to engage with it on a computer, if possible, to see all the content in its intended form, but it is also accessible on your phone.

This guidebook can be a resource whether you are far along in your dance practice or just at the beginning of defining your own artistic and participatory approach. If you don’t identify as a dance artist, but are curious about how soft skills grow with and through the moving body, you are also welcome to engage with the guidebook.

We invite you to explore.

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