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Ballet PedagogyThe Art of Teaching$
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Rory Foster

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034591

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034591.001.0001

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The Ballet Class

The Ballet Class

(p.20) 2 The Ballet Class
Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

University Press of Florida

There are multiple approaches to teaching ballet according to traditional methods or schools. Each method follows a sequentially progressive syllabus for each year or level of instruction that addresses the training goals and objectives from which barre and center exercises are constructed and taught. When the lesson plans are methodically designed and taught effectively, the goals become self-evident. Knowing these goals and having access to any one of these syllabi will be extremely helpful as a reference point or guide for teachers developing their own syllabus. Without this, they will have to construct their own. This chapter is a guide on how to do this. Topics covered include constructing your class, sequencing the barre exercises, barre exercises, center floor work, and notating your class.

Keywords:   classical ballet, dancing, dance, teaching, barre exercises, floor work

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