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Further study of Contemporary Technique, Ballet Technique and Body Conditioning with Imagery (CIT) establishes the paradigm for training versatile, kinaesthetically intelligent dance artists. Three classes a week in Contemporary and two classes in Ballet, plus one CIT/coaching class will form this subject. Different philosophies on dance will be offered to enhance and complement the contemporary and ballet techniques across the semester. Classes will continue to focus on developing technical expertise with an emphasis on coordination, momentum, the economy of action, precision of mechanics, anatomical function and alignment, utilising visualisation whilst also valuing the individuals’ inbuilt knowledge of the body to move. This subject will continue to integrate the conceptual language and practices of The Body Mind subject through coaching and application in technique classes.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject will enable students to:
- consolidate the understanding of Contemporary and Ballet technique and the objectives of technical training in these genres through: determination and effort made to expand movement range, technical skills and versatility in physical articulation; capacity to examine and work intelligently with personal physical structure; physical and kinetic understanding of technical exercises; verbal articulation of questions and responses in class discussions; displaying correct alignment and transference of weight, coordination and use of rotation; displaying strength, stamina and control when performing enchainment and movement phrases.
- Gain a consolidated application of alignment principles, technical accuracy and energy efficiency through: the application of principles of alignment to ensure injury prevention; the use of anatomical knowledge that allows full movement range of the individual body; appropriate use of effort to reduce tension and overuse of muscle groups; capacity to dance with a balanced relationship between strength and flexibility.
- achieve an established ability to work within a range of Contemporary Dance styles and vocabularies through: facility in using the spine and the surrounding muscular structures in a versatile range of ways, and as a place of movement initiation; capacity to execute both simple and complex co ordinations; capacity to work with and explore weight transference.
- achieve an established analytical approach to ballet technique through: displaying an ability to apply and retain corrections, self-assess and problem solve.
- build on the content of Dance Technique 1A, and achieve an increased ability to dance with differentiated and contrasting movement qualities, kinaesthetic awareness and engaging presence through: the capacity to explore and commit to a broad dynamic and movement quality range; the demonstration of musicality and phrasing; a clear and engaging use of focus and projection; demonstrated freedom of movement through efficient muscle use when performing enchainment or movement phrases.
- achieve an established ability to dance with spatial awareness and clarity through: the capacity to dance with awareness of others in the space and to measure distance; the capacity to differentiate between movements of different dimensions and accurately execute floor patterns / choreographed pathways through space; the ability to travel expansively through space.
- achieve a strong work ethic, maintaining self-discipline, concentration and application through: demonstrating a focussed, intelligent and inquiring approach to learning; a constructive response to, and application of feedback and corrections; a capacity to challenge self and take risks within safe dance practice.
On completing this subject students will have:
- the capacity for kinaesthetic awareness;
- the ability to move within aesthetic domains;
- the facility to dance contemporary and classical techniques;
- the application of theory to practice;
- the capacity to synthesise conceptual ideas and evaluate information;
- capacities of imagination, transformation and interpretation;
- the ability to perform at optimal level.
Last updated: 3 November 2022