Naam docenten: 
Helga Langen and Hildegarde De Baets

Periode, duur:  
Year 1, blok 1, 2, 3 en 4,

Contact hours: 1 hour a week 

Self study:
Awareness of use of self in daily life, ongoing process of implementing the skills in dance life.
Written assignments - 2 hours each block 

Bijdrage aan de competenties:
Creative potential (1, 4)
Ambachtelijk vermogen (1,6)
Onderzoekend en reflectief vermogen (1,2,3)
Vermogen tot groei en vernieuwing (1,2,3)
Ondernemend en organiserend vermogen (2)
Communicatief vermogen (2)
Vermogen tot samenwerking (4)

Korte samenvatting van de inhoud: 
In this class the student will develop his understanding of the principles of the Alexander Technique. The student is gaining knowledge, understanding and experience about - 'good use of the self'- how to take care of body and mind in a healthy and creative way to be able to express their art fully. 

Concrete leerdoelen: 
The student

  • shows a deeper understanding of the principles: inhibition, directions, consciousness of habits, primary control and applies these in daily life and dance classes. 
  • recognizes personal habits and issues relating to his use. 
  • can recognize unnecessary tension and stress during dance classes and performances.
  • can observe and analyse their own performance practice. 
  • learns how to work on their own with the principles. 

Gebruikte werkvorm(en): Ways of teaching
Theory assignments, group classes, individual lessons, self study during class, peer teaching and feedback, reflection and analysis.

Gebruikt studiemateriaal: 
4 articles by Walter Carrington
2 articles by Pedro de Alcantara.

Wijze van beoordeling:
presence and participation in class.
involving the students in the feedback process. 
written assignments related to relevant literature and material offered during the classes.

Participation, feedback, collaboration, development in the skills of AT, written reports. Transferring the theoretical knowledge into practical understanding and embodiment.

All the material and research they do with a teacher and on their own is connected with how they execute movements in daily life, dance classes and performances. This connects also with the follow up from the Dance and Health department and the feedback they receive in their dance classes.


A.T. resources.
4 articles by Walter Carrington
Reading the articles.To select sentences from the text which have a particular significance for them.

A.T. resources
2 articles by Pedro de Alcantara  - 'Use of the Self' and 'Primary Control' 
Reading the articles and answering questions related to the content of the article. One or two reflexive questions related to recognising personal habits that impede coordination of mind and body in relation to dance work and to identify and applying the strategies to improve their use for effective practice.

Ways of teaching

  1. The whole group working on concepts and practices introduced and demonstrated by the teachers that expands the awareness of the functioning of the nervous system, muscular system and skeletal system.
  2. In small groups working on a theme with individual attention from the teachers. 
  3. Individual turns. In the lesson the teacher instructs the student — with verbal and manual guidance — to approach movement differently,  recognizing habit patterns that may be interfering with ease and flexibility and learning how to discontinue them.
  4. Self study during class and outside the class.