Leap’n Learn Co-Creators Beverly F. Spell and Annie W. Spell, PH.D, Team up at 2011 Dancelife Teacher Conference
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LEAP ’N LEARN CO-CREATORS BEVERLY F. SPELL AND ANNIE W. SPELL, PH.D, TEAM UP AT 2011 DANCELIFE TEACHER CONFERENCE
NORTON, MA, April 25, 2011
Beverly F. Spell and Annie W. Spell, PhD, co-authors of the popular Leap ’N Learn syllabus for early childhood dance education, will offer tips on teaching dance studios’ youngest customers at the DanceLife Teacher Conference. This year’s nationwide gathering of dance teachers and school owners will be held July 30 through August 2 at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Spells—Annie is Beverly’s daughter-in-law—will lead a session of “Teaching Dance to Ages 3 & 4” on August 1, followed by discussions of “Teaching Dance to Ages 5 & 6” and “Creative Movement for Children” on August 2.
Beverly Spell has taught ballet for more than 30 years, the last 12 as a studio owner. In addition to co-creating Leap ’N Learn, she has written several DANCEcamps for studios to use as income and enrollment boosters during slow seasons, designed dance coloring books, produced five training DVDs for dance teachers, collaborated with composer Scott Killian and producer Finis Jhung on two children’s dance class CDs based on the Leap ’N Learn syllabus, and developed many dance classroom teaching props.
She also has been a guest teacher for student master classes and ballet workshops throughout the United States. She has presented her teaching methods at past DanceLife Teacher Conferences, Jhung’s teacher training seminars, Ailey Extension teacher workshops, Oklahoma City University, and at numerous other institutions.
Dr. Annie Spell, PhD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 2002 with a bachelor’s of science in psychology, with a focus on child development. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in children and adolescents, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2004 and completed her doctorate in child clinical psychology from LSU in 2007.
She followed her doctoral work with an intensive one-year internship with the Psychological Services Department of the Houston Independent School District. In 2010 Dr. Spell earned a master’s degree in psychopharmacology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
She now conducts a private practice as a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist, specializing in children and adolescents. She also provides psychological consultation to schools and to the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Her scholarly research has been published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology as well as in a book chapter regarding the parenting aspects of childhood adjustment following a trauma.
For more information about the DanceLife Teacher Conference, visit www.dancestudiolife.com/dltc/