Contemporary Dance Education Seminar 2

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
107PSST1 Z 3 1 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 66 to 81 hours of self-study Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The study aim is to acquire practical education skills through instructing at variou state institutions (ex: conservatories, Arts Elementary schools) or in private studies, which present direct confrontation with real situations, awareness of the role of the instructor, formation of individual instruction style. The course is closely related to the Modern Dance Methods course. As well it serves to acquire basic information regarding the function structure and issues in dance education and contemporary Czech dance community.

Mode of study

Practicals presenting the independent education practice of the students which have been professionally advised. The theory part is comprised of student participation in discussions, analysis or dance education seminars and workshops organized by other institutions.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The requirement is the completion of Modern Dance Methods 1, 2 and 3, primarily, an openness to learning new skills, development of movement quality and the principles of modern dance, improvisation skills, creativity, interest in theory, effort to learn about current events in modern dance in teaching and choreography in the Czech Republic and abroad. Recommended: a monitoring and comparison of teaching methods of various instructors, continuous gathering of new information through the internet. Independent study is emphasized through e-learning, study materials and recommeded professional writings.

Course contents

In instruction students check and consolidate theory information, method and didactic knowledge and skills. Students learn to investigate and create their own instruction style. This is an opportunity to test, in their role as instructor, test the basics of precise explanations, use professional terminology and adequate method selection and manner of evaluation, and resolving individual problems with people, accept responsibility for instruction preparations, work with music, communication with the accompanist, etc. Parts of the course are observations and subsequent analysis and evaluation in discussion allowing understanding. There will also be the completion of a paper on an assigned topic from various perspectives and experiences. Students take part in theory lectures, classes and discussions (ex: networking, Česka Třebova Dance Cup, Dance reviews, etc.) which lead to a systematic broadening of knowledge in modern dance. Written reviews teach the students to clearly formulate the main principles, issues, as well as their opinions and positions.

Recommended or required reading

Bartal L., Ne´eman N.: Movement awareness and creativity. UK: Dance Books Ltd.

Bertherat, Bernstein: The body has its reasons: self-awareness through conscious movement. UK: Dance Books Ltd., 1995.

Bloom K.: Moves: A Sourcebook of Ideas for Body Awareness and Creative Movement (Performing Arts Studies). Taylor&Francis, 1998.

Feldenkrais M.: Feldenkraisova metoda. Pohybem k sebeuvědomění. Praha: Pragma, 1996.

Johnson, Don Hanlon: Bone, breath and gesture. UK: Dance Books Ltd., 1995.

Jowitt Deborah: Not just any body, advancing health, well-being and excellence in dance and dancers. UK: Dance Books Ltd., 2001

Olsen.A.: Bodstories. New York: Station Hill Press, 1991.

Parková G.: Umění proměny. Praha: Alternativa, 1996.

Rolf I.: Rolfing a realita těla: Pracujte s přirozenou tělesnou gravitací. Praha: Pragma, 1999

Wildman F.: Feldenkrais a jeho metoda - cvičení pro každý den. Praha: Pragma, 1999.

Calais-Germain, B.: Anatomie der Bewegung (Technik und Funktion der Körpers). Wiesbaden, 2.Auflage, 1999.

Fitt S..: Dance Kinesiology. New York: Shirmer Books, 1988.

Huwyler J.: The dancer´s body, a medical perspective on dance and dance training. UK: Dance Books Ltd., 2005.

Howse J.: Dance Technique and Injury Prevention. Theater Arts Book, 2000.

Franklin E.: Conditioning for Dance. Human Kinetics Publishers, 2003.

Franklin E.: Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery. USA: Human Kinetics, 1996. *

Koniak M., Leško, M.: Biomechanika. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 1984.

Lánik V.: Kineziológia. Martin: Osveta, 1992.

Laws H.: Fit to dance 2. UK: Dance Books Ltd., 2005.

Matt Pamela: A Kinestetic Legacy. USA: CMT Press, AZ, 1993.

Solomon R., Solomon J., Minton S.: Preventing Dance Injuries. Human Kinetics Publishers, 2005.

Sweigard, L.: Human movement potential. New York: Harper&Row Publishers, 1974.

Todd M. E.: The Thinking Body. New Yourk: Dance Horizons, 1937, 1968. *

Cohen B.B.: Sensing, feeling and action. Contanct Editions, Northampton, MA, 1993

Hartley, L.: Wisdom of the Body Moving. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1995.

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Course may be repeated

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