House Dance: Foundations & Rhythm - Developing an authentic self

Name of teacher / supervisor
John Agesilas/ Nedda Sou

Period, duration
Block 4 and 5 Weeks 9-24

Study load
61 hours

1, 2, 3, 6

We will teach the culture of house music and house dance and work with a 3 point system. (Physical, mental, visual.) Physical, Awareness of body and dance vocabulary Mental: How to listen to the storytelling part of the music, How to switch rhythms via polyrhythms and how to stay authentic in one’s way of listening. Visual: Showing  documentaries, giving feedback to one another via solo or group assignment presentations during class.

Content and design of the class
Bounce techniques
Rhythm/Poly Rhythms
Action Reaction Techniques
House dance foundation
Space awareness
Transitions to the floor and up and visa versa
Cultural history

Students learn to create their own phrases by using the foundations ( freedom within boundaries ).
Students learn to be creative with basics, how to create different combinations  with one basic pattern.
Students learn the whole essence and meaning of free styling, how to individually create your own signatures in order to be more confident.

Learning goals
-    The student  learns the techniques behind the foundation of House dance.
-    The student will get information on how to create variety in the dance vocabulary.
-    The student will learn how to connect one’s authentic self to the dance style.
-    The student will learn where and how to get inspiration, internal (authenticity)  and external (music).
-    The student will learn where and  how to get inspiration through the social aspect and how to create a ‘physical’ dance conversation’.
-    The student will  learn  how to create awareness of the space and the culture in the studio.
-    The student will be able to reference house culture and history

Working method(s) used
Group classes. Students create an environment in which they can demonstrate their process to each other and share their own research to one another. Students will continuously get coaching and feedback during the free styling and creating process. Students will get movement analyses, drills (repetition of certain movements on different levels), in order to strengthen their bodies.

Used study material
music recordings, video

Assessment criteria:
Students are assessed in regards of their bounce techniques, their groove, flow, foundations, phrases, free styling, dance and music history, exchange knowledge.

Method of assessment
Assessment through a document at the end of the teaching period. Continuous feedback from the teachers. Learning goals in the class contribute to the overall development of the competency indicators 1.1  1.2  1.3  1.6  2.1  3.4  6.5  6.6

The overall development of the student is assessed at integral assessment meetings, twice a year, through combined self-assessment and assessment by teachers, coaches and mentors.