Classical Dance (Choreography) 1

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107KTC1 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is to develop student experience in choreography using Classical academic dance technique so they will be able to have a good bearing at the professional level.

Mode of study

This course contains primarily an instruction practical, focused on practicing the fundamentals of classical dance in a professional training sequence. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and mastery of developed classical dance technique.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Dance experience, knowledge of classical dance at the intermediate level is required.

Course contents

In the first semester the instruction focuses on elements and combination exercises a la barre and au millieu. Instruction procedes from the basic form of individual exercises to their more complicated forms. As well from simple combinations to more the complicated. In this instruction the aim is to broaden the awareness of the student, unify the understanding of classic dance and equip the future choreographer with the most detailed knowledge of the movment canon of classic dance so they will be able to create and innovate new classic dance technique models.

An emphasis is on the physical experience of the students with classic dance technique and as well an understanding of the manner of how to create dance movement in it physical mechanics.

Recommended or required reading

Vaganovová A.: Základy klasického tance, 1981

Tarasov N. I.: Klasický tanec, 1983

Kostrovická V. ? Pisarev A.: Klasický tanec, 1968

Kostrovická V.: 100 hodin klasického tance, 1981

W. Warrenová W.: Klasická baletní technika,1989

Messerer A.: Lekce klasického tance

Janeček V.: Metodika klasického tance v uměl. škole (Cecchettiho metoda), 1993

Beaumont - Idzikovský: A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical

Dancing - Cecchetti method, 1940

Lifar S.: Traité de Danse Academique, 1952

Schorer S.: Balanchine Technique, 2000

Karsavina T.: Ballet technique

Video: David Howard - Class for beginners, Balanchine Essays

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: activity in exercises.

Conditions for successfull completion of the course: active participation in exercises.

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Schedule for winter semester 2021/2022:

room H2041
white studio

(Hartig Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Mon 14:15–15:45 Václav JANEČEK white studio
Hartig Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans