Blind Ambition – Teaching Visually Impaired Aerialists

I would like to share my experience of working at Tempest Dance & Fitness with pole and aerial students who are visually impaired, in the hope that it will help other instructors to have the confidence to seek out these mutually beneficial relationships. Discussions with student First of all discuss your student’s visual impairment with them. What, if anything can they actually see? Have they always been unable to see? Can they make out shapes or colours? Each student’s needs will be different and may change each lesson, so have an ongoing discussion of their abilities. For example, consider which part of the room you are teaching in that day, maybe it’s not a good idea to teach directly in front of a window or maybe that could be the best place for them. Try to understand their sight loss as much as you can. Do they want music? Some students will want background music as it helps with the movement and flow,...
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Tempest in the news

Tempest in the news

Durham dance studio supports young people in need Raising money for: If U Care Share Foundation Studio owner Mandy Williams said: “Tempest Dance Studio in Durham is a supportive family and know the importance of being there for one another and how, in a difficult and challenging world, we all need help and support sometimes. “They are so committed to ensuring that this help is available to young people in need they organised a “Fundraising Sleepover” on the evening of Saturday the 3rd of September, for their members, with all money raised going to the If U Care Share Foundation, who offer 24/7 assistance to young people in need. “Many of us have personal experience of the pain and anguish experienced by family and friends struggling with emotional and mental health issues, some of us have struggled with them ourselves. Here at Tempest we understand the difference physical exercise can play in recovery and we have members who have spoken about this too. “If you...
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