Folk Dance 1 (Dance Education)

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107LTP1 credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is to manage dance elements (steps, holds, etc.) of Czech and Moravian folkdance. An understanding of the variety of folkdance.

Mode of study

This course provides knowledge of the basic steps of Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian folk dances, knowledge of the basic folk dances from core areas and an outline of the development and spread of dance in the ethnographic areas.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Dance experience and a basic knowledge of folkdance is required.

Course contents

Basic dance steps: theory, practice and technical mastery of dance steps which are in their movement bases common for the majority of ethnographic regions. Various manners of joining and combining those steps from notations of collections of folkdance.

2/4 rhythm steps: stroll, Polka step, hops, smooth Obkročák, hopping Obkročák, two-step and two-turn, Souther Bohemian reel 'Koloběžka'

3/4 rhythm stesp: Three-step, divided three-step, Mazurka (in three steps, in two step, in one0, Sousedská Vyšlapávana, Sousedská Hladká, Sousedská Prísunná, three beat steps of Southern Bohemian Reels, Holdings - double-swings.

All steps according to the history of individual types" Historical division of dances and dance with no direct connection to the musical accompaniment (so called whirling dances, reels), processional dances (choral processions, eremonial dances, menś jumps). Newer dances with direct connection to musical accompaniment (so called figure dances).

Dances with direct connection to musical accompaniment are further divided into smaller groups according to their content. For example, dances with working themes (Shoemaker, Weaver, Miller), Pairs dances (Šátečkový, Rejdovák, and Rejdovačka, Zahradník), common dances more and less simple. Furiant and dances with changing meters (Mateníky, Latováky, Směsky....)

Selected dances are traced for common markings - song text, dance steps, dance structure, such as Švec, Kalamajka, Dupák, Řezanka.

Instruction of basic steps and dances takes place in the classes when an emphasis is placed on the technical mastery of individual dances and their basic steps.

Recommended or required reading

Vycpálek, Josef: České tance, Praha 1921

Seidl, Jan; Špičák, Josef: Zahrajte mi do kola Praha 1945

Bonuš, František: Tance, písně a hudba Plzeňského kraje, Praha 1955

Kos, Bohumil: Lidové tance ve školní tělesné výchově, SPN Praha 1983

Drdácký, František: Lidové tance, Praha 1974

Assessment methods and criteria

Direct participation in lessons. Knowledge of at least two dances. Folk dance lesson warm-up assignements.



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