Simonson Method of Teacher Training
with Lynn Simonson
Summer 2013 dates: June 5 - July 2
Now accepting applications! Apply by May 17, 2013
The Simonson Method of Teacher Training is based on:
- Verbal Articulation
- Anatomy Awareness
- Injury Prevention
- Visual Assessment of Body Alignment
- Rhythmic Nuance in Teaching and Cueing
- Drum Accompaniment
- Music Choices and Rhythms suitable for level taught
- Choreographic Skills
- Class Structure
The Simonson Method of Teacher Training is taught by Lynn Simonson, creator of the Simonson Technique and a founder of Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Center). Both Te Perez, a Simonson Technique (Modern/Jazz) teacher and Chris Heller, a Simonson Technique (Jazz) teacher on faculty at DNA since 2007 will be assisting with teaching the certification program.
Lynn Simonson created this technique more than 35 years ago when she began teaching individuals with previous injuries and/or alignment problems. The development of the technique came through anatomically studying the limitations and possibilities of each student’s body. In Simonson Technique, dancers work within their natural turnout line without forcing their range of joint motion or hyper-extending their knees. Lynn’s goal was to create an intelligent and logical way to prepare the body for dance without injury.
Within the Simonson Method of Teacher Training, there is a detailed study and discussion of muscle groups and skeletal structure. Simonson trains teachers to examine each dancer’s anatomy, alignment and range of motion in order to determine any limitations or predispositions to injury. There is individual practice teaching in each session, and a strong homework load.
All students must attend 10 Anatomy Awareness classes* by the completion of the Simonson Method of Teacher Training course. Class times and dates on the schedule page. Class log sheets will be provided.
* The 10 anatomy Awareness classes are not included in the course fee
Stay tuned for the Summer 2013 class schedule
Anatomy Awareness Classes
Ongoing drop-in classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
Apply for the Course
1. Complete the application form
2. Phone Interview with Lynn Simonson
3. DNA will contact you regarding your acceptance
Fees *Subject to change
Application Fee: $50
Course Fee: $1,250, includes 10% non-refundable deposit due within one week of acceptance
**Payment plans available upon request**
A deposit of 10% of the program fee is required within one week of acceptance to secure your spot in the program and cover administrative costs. This deposit is non-refundable.
The full program fee is due one month prior to beginning the program, unless a payment plan has been arranged and signed with the Education Programs Coordinator. If a payment plan has been arranged, payment is due on the dates specified in the plan; should a payment be missed, the amount due will be charged to the participant’s credit card. If you apply within one month prior to the beginning of the course, then the full payment is due upon acceptance.
The deadline for cancellation is one month prior to the beginning of the program. Before this deadline, refunds will be granted minus the 10% deposit covering administrative costs. If participation is canceled after this deadline, the full fee will be due. If participation is canceled after the deadline and the participant is on a payment plan, the full fee will be due according to the dates established in the plan.
Make Up Sessions
If a student is unable to attend a session, a make-up session must be arranged within one year of the course. The fee for a missed session is $125. Fees for missed sessions are due one week prior to the make-up session and are in addition to the fixed course fee. If payment is not made one week prior, DNA reserves the right to cancel the session. There will be no refunds or credits for missed make-up sessions.
Hannah Seidel, Education Programs Coordinator
Phone: 212.625.8369 ext. 206
Click here for more information about Lynn Simonson.
Click here for the Simonson Technique Website.