Methodology of Classcial Dance 5

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107MK5 Z 4 1+1/T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course is linked to Classical Dance Methods 4. The instruction aim: anaylsis of new elements a la barre and au milieu for the 6th year of study. Ability to lead a classical dance lesson at the advance stage of instruction.

Mode of study

This course continues Classical Dance methodology 4. It contains a detailed analysis of classical dance technique elements of the 6th year of an eight year tance conservatory curriculum. This study year begins the final advanced phase of instruction. The Agrippina Vaganova system continues to be the instruction.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Practice and theory knowledge of classical dance technique for the elementary (1st-3rd year) and intermediate (4th-5th year) phases of instruction.

Course contents

Analysis of new elements (orientation list):

a la barre:

port de bras in grand poses, reverse fouette in grand poses, various types of pirouettes and tours

au millieu:

flic-flac a grand temps relevé en tournant, temps lié s pirouette, grand temps lié s promenade a s tour , arabesque penché, développé tombé z velkých póz, grand battement jeté balancé, grand fouetté z kroku, battement divisé en quart, quatre pirouettes,„ Italian adagio“ according to Vaganova and manners of grand battement. various types of pirouettes and tours. Based on the learning of new elements, students create a combination for a 6th year curriculum. Instruction begins to work toward the mastery of classical technique, combinations acquire a professional character. Musical accompaniment is new very diverse in comparison to the basic or intermediate phase of instruction. Tempo is significantly faster. Along with the Vaganova method, students are introduced to other instruction systems (ex: Cecchetti, Bournonville, Balanchine). Based on observations at dance conservatories, students write a course paper in which they assess the lesson watched in classical dance.

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.Lorinc: 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;


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

D. Howard - Beginners (1981 New York), Intermediates, 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);

A. Štúrová: Didaktika klasického tance pro 6. ročník, 1987 Praha.

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 2021/2022:

room H2041
white studio

(Hartig Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 14:15–15:45 Mahulena KŘENKOVÁ white studio
Hartig Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2021/2022:

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