Therese Sahlin

Advisor in Dance Didactics


10+ years experience

There are many different methods of working with dance as a subject or as a tool to explain other topics in school. In dance schools many classes looks different depending on what pedagogic background the teachers bring with them. By giving all the dance teachers who works with children the same intensive training, a dance school can easier higher their level of expertise and give more equal pedagogic quality. The consulting packages are adjusted after age groups and can be applied both in dance studios and in school rooms or gymnastic halls. 


Therese Sahlin’s experiences as a dance teacher and as a pedagogue for school teachers at university has given her a great sense of what methods can be used when working with children/youths. With great practical and discussion exercises, the workshops gives the teachers a joined knowledge and tools to keep working with dance for children.


Half day Package (3 h)

Dance for small ages 4-7 years old, practical exercises:

  • Structure, class flow and how to join beginning and ending 
  • Methods for leading with interactive story telling parts. 
  • Shapes & forms. 
  • Create dance improvisation. 
  • Learning through dance. 
  • Group atmosphere. 



  • How do we plan a class from a theme?
  • How do we keep attention through out the class?
  • How do we challenge already set structures in class?

Full day Package (6,5 hrs + 30 min break )

The half day package + Alternative 1 or 2: 

Alternative 1: 

Continues focus on small ages (4-7 years old).

  • Dance mathematics. 
  • Versatile material use.
  • Music choices. 
  • Turning games into dance exercises. 
  • Use of the room.

Dance class assignment and room for Q&A and discussions. 

Alternative 2: 

Focus on 8-13 year old children, practical exercises:

  • Dance exercises which can be applied on all dance styles. 
  • Experimental improvisation assignments. 
  • Students making their first group choreography. 
  • Team building exercises through dance. 
  • Use of music when structuring the class. 
  • Formations and transitions. 


Assignment & discussion topics: 

  • Creating a safe space without bullying. 
  • Mindset when engaging/motivating. 
  • Different learning methods.