Introduction to Dance Education 2

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107UTPE2 ZK 4 1+1/T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

This course continues the previous semester - an overview of education procedures in the context of the history of dance education, the rise and development of the classical dance technique and ballet canon. Ability to sensibly and logically present classical dance methodology, organize instruction and work with musical accompaniment.

Mode of study

This course is linked to „Introduction to Dance Education 1,“ containing a development of acquired knowledge about issues in assessing the dance abilities of a pupil, instruction organization and primarily the development, structure and system of classical dance technique. Part of the study is an analysis of educational approaches and exercises.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Linked to the previous semester - expanding of knowledge in dance education systems, styles, forms and content developing experience and diverse theory knowledge in the dance arts. Demonstrated abilities and knowledge leading to maximum performance as a dancer in the spirit of a manifold scale of dance virtuosity.

Course contents

a) Assessment of the physical and mental condition of (future) professional dancers. Development and cultivation of movement apparatus. Growth in concentration and self-control. Organization and sequence used in the instruction curriculum. Survey of individual and collective approach.

b) Analysis of the structure of a ballet lesson. Lesson, exercise - concepts which we connect with a ingenious series of exercises a la barre and au millieu.

The analysis is of the exercises containing independent movement elements for the legs, arms, trunk, neck and head and creates a imagined A.B.C. of the classical step canon. The makeup is called professionally an echainment, which is a systematically considered combination, arranged in a defined sequence. The importance of daily practice improves the dancers through focused adoption of skills and supervision of habits and condtion. The entire collection of knowledge and organization of movement rules creates a grammar of classical dance - technique of the professional dancer, artist. Essential for the instructor is experience and diverse theory knowledge in the dance arts to be able to, through their guidance, prepare the future dance to maximum performance in the spirit of the entire scale which dance technique and the school of classical dance offers.

c) Students are gradually acquainted with all movement (step) elements and their ordering, in order to support exercises of all movement groups and served to support the extent of joint, muscle and tendon apparatus of the legs, arms and trunk. Particular emphasis is place on the form of achieving maximum function (technical skill) and aesthetic (beauty of the body) effect. To arrive at the formal movement maturity (coordination), students are introduced to a listing of the holding vertical and horizontal lines. They, then, learn to prefer quality over quantity, logically order technically challenging elements in individual combinations and strictly maintain the music tempo-rhythm. Every execution requires artistic appearance and kinesthetic awareness (awareness of placing the body and its parts in a space).

Recommended or required reading

Mejová V., Bazarovová N.: Abeceda klasického baletu, Praha 1980.

Vaganovová, Agrippina: Základy klasického tance, Praha 1981.

Blasis, Carlo: Zákl. pojednání o teorii a praxi tanečního umění, Praha 1947.

Schorer, Suki: Suki Schorer on Balanchine Technique, 2000.

Au, Susan: Ballet & Modern Dance, London 1995.

Warren G. W.: Classical Ballet Technique, 1989.

Kirstein L., Stuart M.: The Classic Ballet, 1998.

Kensley L., Sinclair J.: A Dictionary of Ballet Terms, 1979.

Franklin E.: Dance Imagery, Human Kinetics, 1996,

Royce, Anya Peterson.: The Antropology of Dance, Bloomington 1977.

Copeland, Roger: What is Dance?, New York 1983.

Cohan, Selma Jeanne: Encyclopedie of Dance, New York, Oxford 1998.

Koegler, Horst: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Ballet, Oxford 1977.

Dance Europe Magazine

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

participation in lectures and 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 part of the exam.

Conditions for successfull completion of the course: participation in lectures and class, completion and presentation of the course paper.



Further information

No schedule has been prepared for this course

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