The Teaching and Learning Process

Rory Foster

in Ballet Pedagogy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034591
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046297 | DOI:
The Teaching and Learning Process

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This chapter discusses class levels, the student–teacher relationship, and establishing good technical habits. Dance schools usually divide students into four categories based on age: primary or predance (below the age of 6), preadolescent (ages 6–10), early adolescent (ages 11–15), and late adolescent through adult (ages 16 and up). Developing a relationship with students, especially in a preprofessional environment, is the first step to mastering the training process. It is an equal partnership, in which the teacher and student each have a designated responsibility to recognize and fulfill. Dancers develop a highly complex system of movement habits. Once a bad habit has been established, it can be hard to undo. This is why it is so important to establish correct technique and placement at the outset.

Keywords: classical ballet; classes; dance teaching; student–teacher relationship

Chapter.  2230 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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