Bas Hollander travels the globe training BORN TO MOVE teachers and arming them with the toolkit of skills needed to inspire youngsters and change lives. He says that the comprehensive teacher training is no walk in the park, but it is definitely worth it.
“As a BORN TO MOVE teacher you get to inspire young people and help set them up for a lifetime of good health. It sounds cheesy, but seeing the smiles on children’s faces is so rewarding. In every class there are so many smiles, so many jokes, so many funny things that happen – there’s never a dull moment. Plus you get to see how children grow in confidence, which is awesome.”
During the two and a half day-long training BORN TO MOVE teachers are coached in connecting with everyone from toddlers through to teens. They’re also taught how to deal with the unique situations that arise when teaching children to move to music.
Bas says the training is very different to the instructor training for other LES MILLS programs. “Most adults engage in physical activity because they want a certain result, but children move because they want to move, they want to have fun. So, rather than teaching with a focus in results, we teach with a focus on having fun.”
Despite the emphasis on maximizing enjoyment, it’s not all fun and games. BORN TO MOVE classes cover so many different categories, so teachers need to be technically skilled across the board – and prepared to put in the practice. Bas says the choreography for the older classes features a lot of jumping, punching and kicking, which he finds relatively easy to master … but the dancing, that’s another story! “To make sure that my technique is good I practice I lot. I know I won’t reach the finals of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, but it gives me the confidence needed to effectively pull off the moves and motivate others.”
According to Bas, potential BORN TO MOVE teachers need to bring two things to the training. Firstly they need a strong, intrinsic motivation to teach children. Secondly, they need confidence. “BORN TO MOVE teachers are leaders who must be able to confidently convey all sorts of different emotions and characters. They also need to pro-actively drive engagement with the program.” Find out more about what it takes to motivate kids here.
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