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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 Teaching and Learning Process

The Teaching and Learning Process

(p.90) 5 The Teaching and Learning Process
Ballet Pedagogy

Rory Foster

University Press of Florida

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

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