Parent and Child Dance in a group context of this nature is an emerging practice around the world.
MamaDances, founded in 2006 by dance artist Eryn Dace Trudell, is a catalyst and leader of this emerging artform and has been offering classes to Moms ( fathers/primary caregivers) and their babies ( 2-12 months ) for over 14 years. MamaDances has provided in-studio training in Montreal to teachers since 2015. This training is taught by Eryn Dace Trudell, Artistic Director and Founder of MamaDances
The goal of this training program is for you to begin to offer a similar type of activity in your community, or to compliment your current program. It is meant to serve you, your family and your community in building a world of inclusivity, affection, compassion, playfulness, spontaneity, creativity, sensitivity, and availability.
Our most recently completed training was held on Sundays, January -April 2020 at
The Dance Pavillion, UQAM -
840, rue Cherrier, Montreal
Suspended until further notice due to Covid-19
Eryn Dace Trudell, is the mother of two girls. She is originally from Ontario and is now living in Montreal, Canada.
As a dance artist, producer, presenter, choreographer, performer and teacher, she has experience in all aspects of dance from thought to stage. Her long and versatile career includes commissions from notable theatre, dance and opera companies and award-winning choreography.
Ms Trudell holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard, is a certified facilitator of Skinner Releasing Technique™ and a practitioner of Contact Improvisation (CI). She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in dance at the Université du Québec à Montréal and is a member of Regroupement Québécois de la Danse (RQD) and The Dancers Transition Centre (DTRC) and The American Dance Therapy Association (AMTD).
Ms Trudell’s students include professional and non-professional adult dancers, educators, children, and parents with their children. She particularly enjoys inclusive dance practices, which ignite community spirit and collective consciousness through artistic aesthetic physical exploration. Ms Trudell has taught across Canada from Newfoundland to Lasqueti Island and in Yamaguchi, Japan and Florianopolis, Brazil.
We support the desire of dance artists and like-minded professionals, to expand their career by including Mom and Baby and Parent and Child dance in their palette of teaching techniques, and to consider MamaDances as a parallel career to their other performing activities and employment. It is not possible to make a living as a MamaDances teacher alone. This is a supplement to other revenue streams.
A MamaDances teacher is an entrepreneurial dance artist. You create your own schedule and define your own working hours. You can take complete pride in the development of community in your neighbourhood or city. Classes are generally best-offered Monday to Friday 9-3pm and Saturday mornings before 11:30 am. The classes are not extremely physically strenuous but do require a lot of energy, skill and concentration.
We recommend each trainee to study the videos and guide, and prepare materials in the evenings to solidify the learning. Most class content is accompanied by videos.
A MamaDances teacher has formal professional dance training or its equivalent in dance experience, is acknowledged by his/her peers, has teaching experience and loves babies and children. Exceptions can be made for other professionals wanting to incorporate movement into their practices.
Those coming from outside Canada will be required to purchase their own teachers insurance.
* All future teachers will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and a liability waiver at the beginning of the training.
This will allow the teacher to teach Mother and Baby or Parent and Child Dance classes by incorporating the course content into their programs at (your) their own discretion, and to respond to job offers in the field. This does not grant (you) the teacher the right to use the trademark name MamaDances. The teacher’s accreditation would appear as …” ( name of teacher) has completed the MamaDances Teachers Training. ..or ( Name) is the recipient of Certification of Completion of The MamaDances Teachers Training program.
Once the Certificate of Completion is received, at a later date, either in person or remotely, the trainee will have the option of receiving an evaluation. A successful evaluation is required if the intention is to follow the course curriculum exactly ( within reason) and to operate using the trademark name MamaDances. or MamanDanse or another translation of the same name.. Successful Evaluation will give the option to engage with MamaDances using the MamaDances Teachers Certification Agreement. Please communicate your desire to have an evaluation at the beginning of your training.
Eryn Dace Trudell herself has the right to grant (or not) the use of the MamaDancesTrademark name, depending on the results of her final evaluation.
The signing of the MamaDances Teachers Certification Agreement will allow the teacher to produce and operate their own classes ( satellites) using the MamaDances trademark and to offer the MamaDances program to an organization within their community. MamaDances may also wish to offer you contracts within in its own programi
To maintain the quality and the reputation of MamaDances, we provide ongoing support of teachers in the form of a Teachers Membership. Membership provides the following options: : opportunities for growth and continued learning, continued use of trademark name, inclusion in the MamaDances insurance policy, your teaching profile included on our web-site, listing of your classes (3 classes maximum per season), a link to your class registration page, updated class content and material, the use of our promotional materials, basic promotional support on our social media channels as well as other.
Your membership will also assist with the continuity of MamaDances.
Membership is renewable annually for $200 +tax. This fee is waived for the first year while the teacher is becoming established.
If you are offering more than 3 classes per week, launching in a new city under the trademark name MamaDances, you may need additional promotional support from MamaDances /or to use our online registration system. This will require negotiation under a separate contract.
We are currently waiting to receive our Canadian Trademark. Next we will begin the process of applying for the International Trademark . We presently own The United States Trademark.
MamaDances uses pre-recorded music for its dances and exercises. You are given a playlist, but are required to purchase the music.
You may need to purchase certain supplies needed to deliver the different MamaDances programs – during the training, such supplies will be supplied.
Host of many festivals, Montreal is very busy during the summer. We suggest that if you are coming from outside Montreal, you start looking for accommodation as soon as you register for the Teacher’s Training.
If you are coming with you children, we also encourage you to inform us in advance, so we can try to help you with finding childcare.
If many participants come accompanied by their children, the cost of a babysitter during the course could be divided among them.
MamaDances provides supplementary revenue to local studios through hourly rental or additional programming, and can provide visibility to local businesses through promotional partnerships and affiliate marketing campaigns. MamaDances can be an addition to programming in community centres, cultural organization, dance schools, studios or other appropriate venues for physical exploration with similar vales.
To be considered please send a letter of interest to Eryn Dace Trudell
This in-studio training includes:
This in-studio training includes:
Early Bird Special – offer valid until 28 November, 2019
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"In the tumult of everyday life, quality time with my daughter is rather limited, MamaDances for me was a sacred time when there was nothing else but my daughter, music, my body and the others around me. I am convinced that MamaDances helped to link the attachment that is woven between my daughter and me following the happiness that we experienced together in dance."
"MamaDances was a voyage of discovery in dance and music – shared with my son. It was a fantastic opportunity to bond, express and communicate with my son through movement. We loved the community feel to our class, that was complimented by a passionate teacher."