Elizabeth A Cooper
Intermediate-level. Expansion of ballet vocabulary. Prerequisite: DANCE 302.
Course Description: Welcome to dance 303B ballet. This course offers instruction in the theory and practice of ballet technique at the advanced–intermediate level. I am looking forward to working with all of you this quarter. Course Objectives: · To gain a thorough knowledge of correct alignment within the framework of ballet technique and the classical ballet aesthetic · To expand one’s knowledge of ballet movement, vocabulary and terminology and to demonstrate this knowledge verbally and kinesthetically · To demonstrate a more complex understanding of rhythmic and musical phrasing and dynamics · To employ ballet technique as a tool of individual artistic expression and communication · To learn to identify one’s strengths and challenges and use this information to set personal goals for technical and artistic development
Student learning goals
Understand and expand creative and artistic potentials.
Understand basic principles of dance teaching methodologies and dance science as applied to technical and aesthetic development in classical ballet.
Develop kinesthetic awareness and how to use the body as a mode of understanding and expression
Develop an awareness of the extent of one's personal responsibility toward his/her own learning process and social contribution.
Understand and practice risk-taking
General method of instruction
This is a studio dance technique course. Class will begin with a gentle warm-up, barre work will relate specifically to center work, which will include, adagio phrases, combinations involving pirouettes, change of direction, dynamic range, petite and grand allegro.
This course is for advanced/intermediate and advanced students. Several years of focused training are required. The first week of class will serve as a placement class to assure that students train at the appropriate level.
Class assignments and grading
Low stakes writing assignments will be given along with some vocabulary assignments or quizzes. Grades will be based on outside low stakes assignments, quizzes, concert attendance and participation (see next section)
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING Participation (80 %) Participation grades reflect the following: · Attending class regularly and being on time * · Fully engaging in the material being presented in class · Demonstrating progress toward achieving the physical, artistic and intellectual goals of the course · Acquiring and demonstrating a working knowledge of classical ballet terminology
Ballet Vocabulary Quizzes (10%)
Written Work and Concert Attendance (10%) • Goals statements: you will be asked to write two goals statements—one at the beginning of the quarter followed by one toward the end of the quarter. • M.F.A. Concert May 10-13, Meany Studio Theatre. Tickets available at the Arts Ticket Office on the Ave at 40th. • http://www.meany.org/tickets/index.aspx (Please turn in a ticket stub with your name written on it, along with a short written assignment)