Join our Chief PLAY Officer & Program Director Melanie Levenberg & Master Trainer Carolyn Trepanier at the International Physical Literacy Conference!

Location: Toronto, ON
Date: April 12 – April 15 
Session Titles: Developing Physical Literacy through Dance, Getting PE Students ACTIVE with DANCE, Developing Physical Literacy in Aboriginal Communities through Youth Engagement, Physical Literacy and Dance: Case Studies across Canada, Physical Literacy Education and Training in the Fitness Industry

Descriptions:

Developing Physical Literacy through Dance: April 12 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Launchpad Room C
Get kids, teens and adults ACTIVE with a new and energizing recreation & fitness program specifically designed to develop physical literacy though dance. This session will highlight three communities across Canada who have successfully implemented a physical literacy and dance program through instructor development, member-engagement and community events. DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) is the world’s only pre-choreographed physical literacy and dance program for recreation and fitness centres. In these high-energy classes, participants learn simple movements from a variety of dance styles (Hip Hop, Bollywood, African, Disco, Jazz and more) and get ACTIVE as they develop Fundamental Movement Skills through fitness challenges, games and playful dance activities. Taught by Certified Instructors, the classes promote positive mental health through the 3 Rules of PLAY: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.

Getting PE Students ACTIVE with DANCE: April 12 from 11:30am-12:30pm in Launchpad Room C
Students are motivated by music and dance – learn how to develop fundamental movement skills and physical literacy in your PE classes through a new and innovative curriculum-based dance program that also meets daily physical activity requirements. DANCEPL3Y(dance-play) ED is a high-energy physical activity program designed by H&PE experts to develop physical literacy. Students learn simple moves from a variety of dance styles – Hip Hop, Urban, Bollywood, African, Jazz/Funk as they develop fundamental movement skills in an engaging and interACTIVE space.  Watch self-confidence, positive attitudes and a sense of community emerge in your classes as you learn how to boost mental health with the 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself.

Developing Physical Literacy in Aboriginal Communities through Youth Engagement
The University of Ottawa’s Indigenous Health Research Group approached PL3Y International to bring DANCEPL3Y (dance-play) physical activity programs to northern aboriginal communities as the intervention to develop physical literacy and get kids active. DANCEPL3Y is an innovative and playful dance program that gets kids active with a mix of styles: Hip Hop, Street/Urban, Dancehall, World, Ballroom and many more. The focus is on developing physical literacy and fundamental movement skills while making dance FUN and interACTIVE. Forget 5-6-7-8 or left foot/right foot – there are only 3 Rules of PL3Y: Be Positive. Be Fun. Be Yourself! In order to support local capacity and knowledge, the Youth Leader Training approach was selected as the strategy to engage youth, as well as offer sustainable local programming following the trainings. The objective of the Youth Leader Training is to develop communication and leadership skills so that local leaders can teach simple dance classes that develop fundamental movement skills and physical literacy, while motivating students through music and positive coaching. Instructors are provided with pre-set choreography and movements that develop fundamental movement skills, social skills and positive interactions as they develop physical literacy. A total of 37 Youth Leaders were trained from 5 communities across Canada. As of Dec 2016, over 2,500 children participated in program classes offered locally by trained Youth Leaders. Lessons Learned: Regional training builds networks and allow for broader reach of programming. Recruitment of Youth Workers is most effective to ensure sustainability. Ongoing support and mentorship required

Physical Literacy and Dance: Case Studies across Canada
This poster highlights three communities across Canada who have successfully implemented physical literacy and dance programming to complement multi-sport and Active for Life (FMS-based) programs. Through DANCEPL3Y (dance-play), the world’s only pre-choreographed physical literacy and dance program for recreation and fitness centres. Programmers and instructors have succeeded in recruiting and engaging new members, providing industry-leading instructor education and promoting physical literacy through small and large-scale community events that spanned across the education, recreation, public health and fitness sectors.

Physical Literacy Education and Training in the Fitness Industry
What are the most effective strategies when expanding physical literacy awareness beyond the education and sport sectors and into the fitness industry? What are barriers to this expansion and how can they be addressed? As young athletes and movers graduate from organized sports and programs into the Active for Life phase, the fitness industry plays a large and significant role in continuing to support and foster our population’s physical literacy journey. This poster presentation outlines key learnings and future considerations from the development of international education and training platforms of physical literacy programs and resources for fitness leaders. 

To register: http://www.is4ls.org/registration/