Teacher/supervisor:       Iva Lešić & Sofia Araujo de Ornelas dos Santos Pinto
Period, duration:            Block 2 and 3 / 5 sessions
Study load:                       Contact hours 7.5 / self-study 120

Contribution to the competences
2. Artisanal ability
3. Investigative and reflective ability
4. Ability to develop and innovate
5. Entrepreneurial and organizational ability
6. Communicative ability
7. Cooperative ability

This course is looking to develop your toolkit as a ballet teacher. Often you will intrinsically know that something in your students’ technique needs a correction but you might not know what it is and/or how to convey it. In Anatomy applied to teaching you are expected to:

  • Learn to recognize common anatomic misalignments and muscular imbalances within classical dance technique.
  • Learn how to explain simply the musculoskeletal challenges of selected classical dance technique.
  • Learn internal and external focus of attention type of cueing to help different students engage the correct musculoskeletal engagement.
  • Learn how to integrate observational learning.
  • Be able to adequately advise and teach students about simple exercises that help corrected common anatomic misalignments and muscular imbalances.

*If a student has any persistent pain or discomfort, she/he/they should be sent to a paramedic. You are not expected to learn how to treat or diagnose musculoskeletal dysfunctions as that is outside of your scope of expertise.

Method of assessment:
This class will be evaluated with a 15-minute presentation. Here you are asked to select a technical gesture that you find relevant and motivate why (eg. because you encounter as a teacher, because you have struggled with it as a dancer). You are going to describe common challenges and correspondent cues and exercises you can use to help a student struggling with the gesture you selected. You can use images, videos and/or a colleague/student in your presentation.

Assessment criteria
2) 6
3) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
4) 1,2,3,4
5) 1,2,3,4
6) 1,2,3,4
7) 1,2,3,4

The classes will be practical and mostly take place in the studio. There will be slides to support the classes and material will be developed and integrated to the syllabus as the course runs.