Techniques of Classsical Dance 1

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107TEK1 Z 2 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Exercises for support and extent of joint, muscle and tendons of the legs, arms and trunk. Fundamental mastery of the four movement groups (of seven): plié, relevé, elancé and sauté. Learning to pay attention to the development of the body as a whole with systematic transfer of the attention to each body part and movement „action“, cultivated in thought-out exercise series.

Mode of study

This course develops experience in classical dance technique. The aim is to achieve the highest level of professional knowledge in the entire range of elements corresponding to the 2nd study year of a dance conservatory, practice of all individual element, starting with the basic form and later in more complex phrases of the instruction method at the same level.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Knowledge of the foundations and range of basic elements and ability to present the principles of the covered material - dance elements. Effective variability of combinations of dance elements with a consideration of, not only precise execution, but with an emphasis on increasing strength, musicality and artistry.

Course contents

In this course a unique model lesson for instruction of classical dance is developed. The starting point is the Vaganova method, embroadened by important influences by other systems, ex: Cecchetti and Balanchine, which are divided into exercises at the barre, creating large logical sets of exercises, subsequent exercises in the center - on relaxation. Predominantly, these begin with exercises at the barre, plies (recently also warm-ups are introduced), followed by battement tendu simple, battement tendu jete (degage), rond de jambe par terre, rond de jambe en l'air, battement fondu, battement frappes, adagio (exercising slow expansions, such as developpe and battement relevelent and arabesque, attitude, ecarte) and grand battement. Releves and port de bras exercises are spread throughout the entire a la barre section. Au millieu usually begins with adagio, then is followed by tendu exercises and degage and waltz steps with a number of phrase elements and pirouettes. The class ends with a series of exercises, petit allegro with small fast jumps and grand allegro - big jumps. At the close; reverence, dance bow to the instructor and pianist. The class for women places an emphasis on practice en pointe. Men's classes focus on large turning jumps and grand pirouettes.

The instruction characteristics, level and aims are, of course, focused on the basics of classical dance, instruction of fundamental basic elements, stance and posture

Recommended or required reading

Vaganovová A.: Základy klasického tance, 1981

Tarasov N. I.: Klasický tanec, 1983

Kostrovická V. ? Pisarev A.: Klasický tanec, 1968

Kostrovická V.: 100 hodin klasického tance, 1981

W. Warrenová W.: Klasická baletní technika,1989

Messerer A.: Lekce klasického tance

Janeček V.: Metodika klasického tance v uměl. škole (Cecchettiho metoda), 1993

Beaumont - Idzikovský: A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical

Dancing - Cecchetti method, 1940

Lifar S.: Traité de Danse Academique, 1952

Schorer S.: Balanchine Technique, 2000

Kensley L., Sinclair J.: A Dictionary of Ballet Terms, 1977

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

participation in exercises and in class

completion of the semester paper

During the semester independent reading and participation in class discussions, which is a condition for sitting the exam are required. The exam is written and oral. The overall grading is comprised of 60% for class participation, 20% for the written and 20% for the oral parts of the exam.



Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room H1041
black studio

(Hartigovský palác)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Tue 16:00–17:30 Tereza KRUPIČKOVÁ black studio
Hartigovský palác

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans