Leadership and teamwork
Through various somatic techniques and dance therapy activities, trainers undergo sessions on mind-body integration. Visiting experts educate the trainers on the physical, social, psychological, emotional and cognitive impact of body movements.
The trainers are taught different yoga postures and sequences formulated by yoga experts to aid in their strength, flexibility and overall fitness. The trainers have to practice the stretches and Suryanamaskar before starting the class to warm up, align mind and body and to be holistically prepared for the classes ahead.
Trainers invariably are prone to stress, managing a class of children day after day, each day being unique. The trainers are equipped with sufficient training in stress management strategies to help them conduct their classes in a calm, composed manner thereby making it enjoyable for both the children and the trainer.
Trainers are taught various strategies used in the education setting. These include focused exploration, brainstorming, co-operative learning, discussion, experimentation and modelling amongst many others.
Conditioning in child psychology is an essential part of the training. The trainers need to understand the ways in which children's attitudes and abilities develop. This helps them understand the children better and gives them the ability to teach, manage and engage with them creatively.
Kalaripayattu is a form of martial arts from Kerala. It is perhaps the most ancient form of martial art in the world. Kalaripayattu derives its name from the Malayalam word 'Kalari' which literally means 'battlefield'. Kalaripayattu is today emerging as a source of inspiration for self-expression – in theatre, in fitness and in dance.
Japanese Traditional Dances
Trainers get exposed to international dance forms such as the Japanese traditional dances. These are further taught to children in warm up sessions. The dance is accompanied by traditional music and props which increases awareness and knowledge of different cultures from around the world.
Laban Movement Analysis
Laban Movement Analysis provides a framework for observing change and evolution of human movement. It is a validated, reliable, systematic method for analysing, documenting, describing and re -creating movement through micro and macro pattern analysis. This includes description in terms of body parts used, energy, Effort and shapes created in space.
Release technique is a movement practice that focuses on breathing, skeletal alignment, joint articulation, muscle relaxation and the use of gravity and momentum to facilitate efficient movement. Sessions such as these enable the trainers to enhance their movement skills and body awareness.
As some of our lessons are based on physical theatre, special training is given on this topic. With a physical theatre specialist, trainers explore use of time, space and objects in the world of drama. Relying less on narration and dialogues, this form of theatre engages the body to communicate and express.
The programme is driven by a mascot called Frobby. The mascot is a puppet which children get to interact with in every class. Frobby is an integral part of the class during storytelling, class management, concept introduction and games. Training in the art of puppetry is the key to ensure that children are engaged and involved.
We invite experts in the field of storytelling to give the trainers exceptional quality training. Some highlights in this area include voice training and modulation, usage of props, movement and expressions. The training includes making creative stories in the lesson plan to further engage the children.