Methodology of Classcial Dance 3

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
107MK3 Z 4 2+2/T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is the development of education knowledge in classical dance. This is primarily an analysis of new elements a la barre and au milieu at the intermediary stage of instruction (4th to 5th year). An ability to independently lead a classical dance class is created.

Mode of study

This course is linked to Classical Dance Methods 2. It contains a detailed analysis of Classical dance techniques at the intermediate level of instruction, i.e. the 4th and 5th study years of an 8 year curriculum of a Dance conservatory. Instruction uses the Agrippina Vaganova method. In this course students observe at dance conservatories and prepare the bachelor thesis paper.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theory knowledge and practice of classical dance methods from the fundamental phase of instruction (1st - 3rd year).

Course contents

Analysis of new elements (orientation list)

a la barre:

au millieu:

Based on the learning of new elements, student create a combination at the intermediate level of instruction which they mutually discuss and assess.

The music accompaniment at the intermediate years is more divers than in the basic level of insturction. The character of the music rhythm changes during exercises. In basic exercies, we maintain simple rhythm. We continue to emphasize the importance of music preparation which in many cases is shorter and defines the tempo of the exercise.

Although with A. Vaganova we find the definitive representative of the classical dance instruction method, we acquaint the students, at least briefly, with other instruction systems whose genesis is connected to other great figures of dance (ex: Cecchetti, Bournonville, Balanchine) and we compare their differences.

Based on observations at 4th and 5th study years at dance conservatories, interesting discussions arise in which students analyse their knowledge, some of which are applied in their educational activity or education practice.

Recommended or required reading

A.Vaganovová: Základy klasického tance, 1980 Praha;

N.I. Tarasov: Klasický tanec, 1983 Praha;

V. Mejová - N. Bazarovová: Abeceda klasického tance I.-III., 1980 Praha;

N. Bazarovová: Abeceda klasického tance IV.-V., 1985 Praha; V. Kostrovická - A. Pisarev: Klasičeskij taněc, 1976 Leningrad;

V. Kostrovická: 100 urokov klasičeskogo taňca, 1972 Leningrad;

Akademija russkogo baleta A. Vaganovovoj (Klasické taneční osnovy), 2000 Petrohrad.;

V. Ždychincová - O. Pásková: Metodické poznámky ke klasickému tanci I. a II., 1973 Praha;

Group authors under the guidance of G.Lorince: Methodik des klassischen Tanzes, 1975 Berlin;

V. Janeček: Metodika klasického tance v umělecké škole (Cecchettiho metoda), 1993 Praha;

C. Beaumont - Idzikovský: A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing - Cecchetti method, 1932 London;

W.Warren: Classical Ballet Technique, 1989 Florida;

S. Lifar: Traité de Danse Academique; S. Schorer: Balanchine Technique, 1999 New York;

T. Karsavina: Ballet Technique; J. Gabriel: Ballet School; Maria Fay: Mind over body, 1997 London;

L. Kirstein: Ballet Alphabet, 1939 New York;

G. Grant: Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, 1967 New York;

CD-ROM: Ballet on CD-ROM by V.Morgan;

Video: Slovník klasického baletu, Balanchine Esseys - SAB (1994 New York);

D. Howard - Beginners (1981 New York), Intermediets, M.Fay - Faults, Corrections, Perfections (1990 Londýn), F. Jhung - Basic Ballet ( 2002 New York), B. Fewster - Pointe by Point (1980 Londýn), Bujones in Class (1986 Danzart)

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: participation in lectures, ability to methodically work with the given material, presentation

Exam oral-practical

Overall evaluation: 30% participation, 30% methodical work, 30% presentation, 10% exam.

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Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room H2041
white studio

(Hartigovský palác)
room H1041
black studio

(Hartigovský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 14:15–15:45 Mahulena KŘENKOVÁ white studio
Hartigovský palác
Wed 16:00–17:30 Mahulena KŘENKOVÁ black studio
Hartigovský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

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