Teacher: Grigori Tchitcherine

Study year, duration
AD 1, all year round

Study load (weekly)
1.25 hours

Contribution to the competences
1. Creative ability
2. Technical capability
3. Problem-solving ability
5. Ability to grow and develop
6. Ability to Collaborate

Short summary of the content
In the Caractère classes, the student learns folk dances, adapted to the stage, a process that introduces them to different cultures, with a focus on their own music, rhythm and coordination that arise in each country or region. Most full-length classical ballets still give an important place to character dances, which give many a young dancer a first chance to perform. In the character lesson, the student learns different techniques, becomes familiar with the movement idiom, dances and dance styles of different regions and integrates this knowledge with musical rhythms. A separate aspect of this is the focus on the classical ballet repertoire itself, which allows basic rhythms and steps to be added to the existing repertoire.

Learning goals
The student:
- develops knowledge about new rhythms, styles and coordination that have their origin in different cultures and countries.
- has a sense of dance that goes beyond the language of classical music.
- is eventually able to easily perform character dances included in the great classical ballets.
- shows a feeling for the variety of styles, and a developed personality in the dance.
- is able to recognize, identify and actively apply musical rhythms, coordination and the correct idiom.
- can connect classical technique and character styles, and identify similarities and differences between these styles, allowing the student to further develop in the field of classical technique.

Method(s) used
The student learns material and repertoire in group lessons, and studies styles, rhythms and music genres in research assignments.

Study material (specialist literature, case studies, assignments, videos, etc.)
Only assignments: Acquisition of knowledge about the character repertoire in classical ballets through self-examination and connection with music and dance history.

Assessment method
Evaluation and feedback based on presentation

Assessment criteria
1) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2) 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
3) 1, 2, 3
5) 1, 2, 3
6) 1, 2, 3

Linked to the acquisition of knowledge in Dance History and Music Theory, related to the development of an understanding of different styles and associated rhythms, etc.