Methodology of Classcial Dance 6

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107MK6 ZK 4 1+1/T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course is linked to Classical Dance 5. The instruction aim: analysis of new elements, allegro, sur le points technique for the 6th study year. Ability to independently lead a classical dance lesson at the advanced stage of instruction. Ability to analyse one's teaching practice and the work of one's colleagues/classmates.

Mode of study

This course is linked to Classical Dance Method 5, continuing the detailed analysis of the elements of Classical dance technique in the 6th year according to a 8 year dance conservatory curriculum. Students obersve at dance conservatories.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theory knowledge and practice in Classical dance methods for elementary (1st - 3rd years) and intermediate (4th - 5th years) and knowledge of new elements a la barre, au millieu of the 6th year.

Course contents

Analysis of new elements (orientational list):


brisé dessus-dessous, entrechat six, sissonne ouverte and fermé battu, grand assemblé battu and en tournant, gargouillade, sissonne simple, ouverte and tombé en tournant, tems lié sauté en tournant, grand pas jeté and grand pas de chat, jeté passé, gabriole, peti jeté en tournant including battu, soubresaut s „proletem“ vpřed, grand fouetté sauté from a step, various types of tour en l air

sur les pointes:

grand fouetté en effacé and from a step, double rond de jambe, sauté ve velkých pózách, různé druhy pirouettes and tours

Based on the learning of the new elements students creat a combination based on the curriculum of the 6th year which must be very diverse and more technically challenging than the intermediate level of instruction. In this year there is a particular „breakthrough“ in instruction which begins to move toward the mastery of classical technique. Though there is still the instruction of new elements in simple form, combination slowly begin to take on a professional character.

Music accompaniment in the 6th year is very diverse in comparison to the basic or intermediate phase of instruction. The tempo is significantly faster.

Although in A. Vaganova we find a particular instruction method of classical dance, the students are introduced briefly to other instruction systems whose rise is connected with other important figures in dance (Ex: Cecchetti, Bournonville, Balanchine) and we compare their differences.

Based on observations in dance conservatories, students complete a course paper in which the assess the observed lesson 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:

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Schedule for summer 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

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