6 Juni 2023

The Adolescent Dancer: Navigating Growth and Change in the Dance Context 2/2

with Dr Siobhan Mitchell

Building on basic knowledge of the adolescent dancer, this interactive webinar will provide a practical perspective on training the adolescent dancer.

This session will include short sections of lecture content with a focus on applying this knowledge through interactive discussions and tasks. This is not golden bullet workshop where participants will be provided with all the answers; however, strategies for working with adolescent dancers will be put forward for discussion. Through whole group and small group discussions and tasks using breakout rooms, participants will draw on their in-studio experience of teaching adolescent dancers as a starting point for further exploration of effective and ineffective strategies when working with this age group.


The aims of this interactive webinar are to:

  • Consider and discuss approaches to training the adolescent dancer.
  • Equip participants with strategies for working with adolescent dancers.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the interactive webinar, participants will

  • Have an understanding of approaches and strategies to use with adolescent dancers.
  • Have explored strategies for considering both physical and psychological development at adolescence.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of considering both the wider environment created by the dance teacher alongside individual level action.
  • Have an opportunity to learn from the experience of other dance teachers.

Recommended preparation

Mitchell, S.B (2018). Psychological implications of puberty in dance.
Accessed via https://www.onedanceuk.org/resource/growing-dancer-psychological-physiological-challenges-siobhan-mitchell/

Mitchell, S.B (2018). The growing dancer: Physiological challenges.
Accessed via https://www.onedanceuk.org/resource/growing-dancer-psychological-physiological-challenges-siobhan-mitchell/


Dr Siobhan Mitchell trained vocationally as a dancer before completing a BA Hons in Dance Studies (University of Roehampton), an MSc in Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and an MRes in Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath). Awarded a full ESRC studentship in 2014, Dr Mitchell completed her doctorate in 2018 and currently works as a postdoctoral research associate in Child Health at the University of Exeter. Dr Mitchell’s doctoral research explored the psychological and social implications of early and late maturation in young ballet dancers. Her research interests are in child and adolescent development and she is active in research both within dance and sport and in public health. Dr Mitchell is passionate about education in the area of adolescent development and regularly delivers workshops for dance teachers, dance students and parents of young dancers.



Tutor Dr Shiobhan Mitchell
Date 6.6.2023
CPD 3h time-valued CPD
Platform Zoom