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HEARTBEAT STUDIOS’ PEDAGOGY PROGRAM

Pedagogy involves going above and beyond simple dance instruction.  It is a committed relationship between students of dance and teachers of greater experience, expertise and wisdom, who will counsel, teach, and guide their development both personally and professionally.  In addition, Heartbeat’s Pedagogy Program aims to educate the students about the many faceted careers in dance and to help prepare them with skills needed for a successful college career.

Goals for this program have been built around deliberate pedagogy structures and exercise creative freedoms for the student.  The program is designed to develop problem-solving skills and build personal confidence while developing their artistry toward a career in dance.  Goals include: understanding of pedagogy and dance theory in both written essays and quarterly questionnaires, participation in group discussion, application of critiques from student, development of teaching style, displaying a desire to learn more and applying what they have learned toward their own performance of dance.

PEDAGOGY PROGRAM LEVEL DESCRIPTION

Students will be assigned to their classes and levels by Artistic Director Kristin Freya.

Level 1: Beginning

1) Assist in structured warm-up (barre or floor depending on style of dance)

2) Demonstrate and assist in student correction during across the floor patterns

3) Demonstrate with teacher choreography for the class piece(s)

4) Attend follow-up quarterly discussion group to address problem solving and class evaluation to gain a larger perspective of responsibility as an assistant and understanding of dance as an art form.

5) Attend bi-monthly student group discussions of dance history, theory and dance instruction

6) Attend dance performances of both local and national dance companies with follow-up group discussion, or essay, to gain a larger perspective and growth of dance as an art form.

Level 2: Intermediate

1) Create and demonstrate a structured warm-up (barre or floor depending on style of dance)

2) Create across the floor patterns to integrate technique with your artistic voice

3) Create choreography for part of the final dance concert piece, keeping within the theme and style of the instructor’s class mission

4) Solo class instruction for child or youth level classes bi-monthly, with supervision

5) Attend dance performances of both local and national dance companies, with follow-up group discussion, or essay, to gain a larger perspective and growth of dance as an art form.

6) Attend bi-monthly student group discussions of dance history, theory and dance instruction.

Level 3: Advanced

1) Solo teach child or youth level classes with minimal class supervision by creating a class plan for one year of structured warm-up (barre or floor depending on style of dance), across the floor patterns to integrate technique with your artistic voice, and choreography for the class piece in the final dance concert keeping with the class mission the student created for the year

2) Assisting class instruction for high level classes

3) Attend dance performances of both local and national dance companies, with follow-up group discussion, or essay, to gain a larger perspective and growth of dance as an art form.

4) Attend bi-monthly student group discussions of dance history, theory and dance instruction.

5) Receive a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Recommendation for college entrance applications from Heartbeat Studios’ Directors Kristin Freya and Deborah Lysholm.

Level 4: Graduate

1) Solo teach child or youth level classes without supervision (with pay) by creating a class plan

for one year of structured warm-up (barre or floor depending on style of dance), across the floor patterns to integrate technique with your artistic voice, and choreography for the class piece in the final dance concert keeping with the class mission the student created for the year

2) Assisting class instruction for Advanced level classes

3) Attend dance performances of both local and national dance companies, with follow-up group discussion, or essay, to gain a larger perspective and growth of dance as an art form.

4) Attend bi-monthly student group discussions of dance history, theory and dance instruction.

 

 

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