Lecturer; Lia Witjes-Pool, Ederson Rodriques Xavier

Year, duration

Study load (weekly)
90 minutes

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

Short summary of the content
Modern technique classes prepare the student for neoclassical and more modern repertoire by building a different vocabulary, still keeping the classical education of the students in mind. Some goals for these lessons are:

Learning goals
The student can:

  • urging dancers to access their technique through movement, not placement.
  • discuss concepts physically, intellectually and philosophically. Giving dancers the opportunity to tap into their physique from other areas of themselves, in order to become a total artist.
  • learning the instruments, not steps.
  • demonstrate with clear intent.
  • involve the students in their education, and inspire them to invest in the process of dance as a craft. Through assigned tasks, ask them to share this process orally and in writing, creating self-awareness in their development, personal goals and achievements.
  • expect excellence from every dancer. Teach the dancers to expect excellence from themselves. Teach them to work, by finding nuance in their movement and artistry.
  • explain the dance technique based on the science of the human body as we understand it today. Avoid explaining the technique based on aesthetics or preference.
  • shows empathy and compassion. Teach the person, not the talent.
  • builds an environment in which everyone takes responsibility for their role. Create leadership without hierarchy and invite students and facilitators to participate in a functional dialogue so that everyone is supported, heard and encouraged to be their best.
  • Structure: The lesson begins with communication and acknowledges each student. Let students know what they are working towards, not that it will be a guessing game or an unclear path. Introduce new ideas every day to support old concepts and end with older ideas to give students a sense of achievement. End with reflection.

The student is provided with material and repertoire in group lessons and is asked to reflect on this as indicated in the learning objectives.

Study material (specialist literature, case studies, assignments, videos, etc.)
No. However, the student must be challenged to conduct further research into other styles, choreographers and companies

Assessment method
Evaluation and ongoing feedback and feedback through oral and written reports

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

Links to Repertoire Lessons.