Naam docent
Helga Langen and Hildegarde De Baets

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

Contact hours: 1 hour a week  
Self study:
1.ongoing process of implementing the skills in their dance life and daily life.
2.written assignments, reading and answering questions ± 2 hs each block 

Bijdrage aan de competenties

  1. Creative potential (1, 4)
  2. Ambachtelijk vermogen (1,6)
  3. Onderzoekend en reflectief vermogen (1,2,3)
  4. Vermogen tot groei en vernieuwing (1,2,3)
  5. Ondernemend en organiserend vermogen (2)
  6. Communicatief vermogen (2)
  7. Vermogen tot samenwerking (4) 

Korte samenvatting van de inhoud:
In this class the student will deepen his understanding of the principles of the Alexander Technique. He has an embodied understanding of the skills and can implement them in such a way that it enhances his dance performance on every level.

Concrete leerdoelen
The student:

  • shows a deeper understanding of the research done in the first 2 years and knows how to implement the principles like inhibition, directions, consciousness of habits, primary control, end-gaining, means whereby, faulty sensory appreciation and is aware how hesitation and eagerness influences his movement.
  • knows personal habits and issues relating to his use in daily and dance life.
  • is able to release unnecessary tension and stress during dance classes and performances.
  • has awareness of choice in how to respond in a given situation and is able to maintain directions in stillness, movement, speaking.
  • understands how the breathing mechanism works and how it is integrated in the functioning of the self. 
  • is able to observe and analyse his own performance practice and that of others.. 

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

Gebruikt studiemateriaal
Assignments-research-self-study, 3 articles by Pedro de Alcantara, the research project, 'End Evaluation'  

Wijze van beoordeling
The student is evaluated on:
presence and participation in class, Involving the students in the feedback process, Self management, Written assignments related to relevant literature. 

Participation, feedback, collaboration, development in the skills of AT, written reports. Transferring the theoretical knowledge into practical understanding and embodiment. Should be able to clarify and analyse their use and should be able to work on themselves. Self management.

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 with feedback they receive in their dance classes and study with choreographers inside and outside school.


1. A.T. resources
3 articles by Pedro de Alcantara - 'Inhibition' and  'Directions' and 'Action' 
Reading the articles in the course of the year 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.

Written assignments about their own development linked to the material worked on in the classes and the literature they are given to read. Additional learning includes anatomy, study of Alexander literature and research by scholars of the Alexander Technique and related fields.

2. Research Project. Practical assignments in class when working on their own related to the written and practical material we worked on. In some cases reflecting on their experience and describing it in words and writing it down.

3.'End Evaluation'
Progress over the years, range of personal issues addressed in and outside classes and originality of thought and depth of knowledge of the AT and its application in dance and daily life.

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.