Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer (Hardcover)

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Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer By Cadence Joy Whittier, Kim Cooper Geigerich (Illustrator) Cover Image


How do teachers create a classroom environment that promotes collaborative and inquiry-based approaches to learning ballet? How do teachers impart the stylistic qualities of ballet while also supporting each dancer's artistic instincts and development of a personal style? How does ballet technique education develop the versatility and creativity needed in the contemporary dance environment?

Creative Ballet Teaching draws on the fields of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (L/BMA), dance pedagogy, and somatic education to explore these questions. Sample lesson plans, class exercises, movement explorations, and journal writing activities specifically designed for teachers bring these ideas into the studio and classroom. A complementary online manual, Creative Ballet Learning, provides students with tools for technical and artistic development, self-assessment, and reflection.

Offering a practical, exciting approach, Creative Ballet Teaching is a must-read for those teaching and learning ballet.

About the Author

Cadence Joy Whittier (MFA, CLMA, RSMT) is Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and Faculty and Co-Director of Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals Certification Programs at Integrated Movement Studies.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138669703
ISBN-10: 1138669709
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Pages: 292
Language: English