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Semester and Year Offered: Winter
Course Coordinator and Team: Mandeep Singh Raikhy & Ranjana Dave
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Pre-requisites: This course is suitable for students on the MA Dance Practice. Completion of Embodied Practice: Critical Explorations is a pre-requisite for this course.
The overarching objective of the Embodied Practice courses throughout this programme is for students to understand embodiment as a process and not an outcome. Embodied Practice: Fundamental Movement Principles approaches this by aiming to equip students with a deep experiential understanding of anatomical principles as a starting point for dance training. The course focuses on movement foundations such as dynamic alignment, body awareness, integration, depth of physical engagement and clarity of initiation as fundamental to the development of a sensitive and reflexive dance practitioner.
With a somatic approach to movement training, the course will provide a focused palette of practices that allows the participants to build articulation, sensitivity and resilience through a curious and investigative approach. The course encourages students to challenge their existing movement patterns, interrogate intention, heighten awareness of their own bodies as well as the space around them and expand the range and quality of their movement capacity.
Embodied Practice: Technique and Pedagogy is particualrly designed to immerse students into the ways in which rigorous, new approaches can arise from a critical engagement with forms and techniques. Students will experience and examine dance pedagogies arrived at through the deeply invested movement research of a number of key practitioners. At the end of the course, the students will begin to articulate their own pedagogical questions.
At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Classes with visiting choreographer
The choreographer invited to create a work on the students in the Researching Performance component of Practice in Context in Semester 4 will teach a class 5 times a week. The students will be offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in a process led by an established or emerging. Through this immersive experience, the students will come to understand the nature of a performer’s contribution within the creative process is that of a dance pedagogue.
This module critically examines the holistic model of dance teacher education with a focus on:
Pedagogy as Practice
The module is designed to engage with several teaching methodologies and philosophies to arrive at an independent pedagogical practice. The students will test out the emergent pedagogical practice in the studio and get a practical hands-on experience on developing and sustaining a teaching practice.
Assessment Details with weights:
The objective of the assessment is to evaluate the students’ embodied understanding of the differentiations in approaches of the various practitioners introduced to them throughout the semester.