Study year
AD 1

Study load (weekly)
1 hours

Builds these competencies
1. Creative skills
2. Technical skills
3. Problem Solving Skills

5. Capacity for Growth and Development
6. Collaborative skills

Course content
In character classes, the student learns folkdances adapted for the stage, a process through which he/she becomes acquainted with a variety of cultures, with a focus on the distinct music, rhythm, and coordination originating in each country/region. Most full-length classical ballets still give an important place to character dances, which provide many a young dancer with his/her first opportunity to perform. In character class, the student learns a variety of techniques, becomes familiar with the movement idioms, dances and dance styles of different regions, and integrates this knowledge with musical rhythms. A separate aspect of these is a focus on classical ballet repertoire itself, allowing basic rhythms and steps to be added to existing repertoire. 

Learning objectives
The student:
-Develops knowledge on new rhythms, styles and coordination originating in a variety of cultures and countries.
-Demonstrates that he/she has a feel for dance that extends beyond the language of classical
-Is ultimately able to easily execute character dances incorporated in the major classical ballets.
-Demonstrates a feeling for a variety of styles, and a developed personality in dance
-Is able to recognise, identify and actively apply musical rhythms, coordination and the appropriate idiom.
-Can connect classical technique and character styles, and identify similarities and differences between them, enabling the student to develop himself/herself further in the area of classical technique.

Working methods
The student learns material and repertoire in group classes, and studies styles, rhythms music genres in research assignments. 

Study material (specialist literature, case histories, assignments, videos, etc.)


Assignments: Acquisition of knowledge on character repertoire in the classical ballets through self-research 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

Remarks relating to overall context of the study programme (e.g. connectional and sequential requirements), or other remarks
Connects with acquisition of knowledge in Dance History and Music Theory, with respect to the development of an understanding of various styles and associated rhythms, etc.