3 October 2024 04.00pm-5.30pm

Boys in Dance: Negotiating Adolescence (Online)

This interactive webinar will review the physical, social, and emotional development of boys. We will consider these changes within the context of dance training and explore some of the challenges boys may face and how we can best support them. 


The aims of this interactive webinar are to: 

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of physical maturation in boys, 
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of social and emotional development in boys, 
  • Explore the challenges for adolescent boys in dance, and 
  • Equip participants with the skills to better support adolescent boys in dance. 

Learning Outcomes 

On completion of this interactive webinar, participants will have: 

  • An increased understanding of physical, social and emotional development in boys, 
  • A greater understanding of the challenges adolescent boys may face in dance, and 
  • Considered how to support adolescent boys in the dance studio. 


Thursday 3 October 2024 


4pm – 5.30pm AEST (Sydney/Canberra/Melbourne/Brisbane time) 


Interactive webinar 

Includes a presentation, question and answer sessions, breakout rooms, activities and opportunity to discuss experiences with fellow teachers from around the world. These sessions are livestream only and not recorded. 


Dr Siobhan Mitchell 

Siobhan trained vocationally as a dancer before completing a BA Hons in Dance Studies, an MSc in Dance Science, and an MRes in Health and Wellbeing. Siobhan completed her doctorate in 2018 and currently works as a Research Fellow in Child and Adolescent Health. Siobhan’s doctoral research explored the psychological and social implications of pubertal timing in adolescent ballet dancers. More recently, Siobhan founded the GuiDANCE Network, a collaboration which aims to enhance practices in the dance sector around growth and development. Siobhan is passionate about education on adolescent development and delivers workshops for dance teachers, students and parents. 

CPD hours  

2 time-valued 

Recommended preparation 

Clegg, H., Owton, H., & Allen-Collinson, J. (2019). Attracting and retaining boys in ballet: A qualitative study of female dance teachers. Journal of Dance Education, 19(4), 158-167. 

Mitchell, S (2023). The growing dancer: Physiological challenges. OneDanceUK. https://www.onedanceuk.org/resources/the-growing-dancer-psychological-and-physiological-challenges-by-siobhan-mitchell-part-1 

Required resources 

  • Computer, laptop or tablet 
  • Reliable internet connection 
  • Working camera 
  • Microphone and speakers 



Booking closing date  

Wednesday 11 September 2024 

Time differences 

We recommend checking the date and time of this course in Australia against that of the local time in your area before booking. 

Expression of interest 

If this course is full or you are interested in attending this course in the future, please complete the expression of interest. 



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Key Information

Time Duration Fee Closing Date
04.00pm-5.30pm 1.5hrs RAD Member $60
Non-RAD Member $90
11 September 2024 12:00am