Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique

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Teaching a beginning ballet class can be a challenge. Even dancers who have studied ballet for many years may be intimidated by the idea of teaching ballet technique. Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique puts new teachers at ease by explaining exactly what to teach and when and how to teach it.

The authors couple ballet pedagogy with motor learning, teaching styles assessment, and instructional strategies to offer valuable insight and advice for teaching beginning ballet. With its inviting layout and easy-to-read format, Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique facilitates the learning process for both the instructor and the student.

Part I gives instructors the tools they'll need to teach the content in Part II. It provides specific information about the teaching/learning process, understanding the theoretical foundations of ballet, constructing and managing the class, and assessing student progress.

Part II presents a logical, sequential plan that guides instructors through the actual teaching of exercises, steps, principles, and progressions. The authors outline four instructional units, each representing three to four weeks of a high school or college term. Each unit includes objectives, teaching strategies, assessment tools, teacher responsibilities, and performance test content. In addition, each exercise and step is accompanied by a detailed description consisting of

- a definition with pronunciation cues,
- a verbal depiction,
- arm positions,
- standard introductory movements or preparation,
- proper breathing or breath phrasing,
- teaching cues and images,
- an assessment checklist, and
- much more.

The book also contains 215 photos that illustrate proper beginning ballet technique.

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Presents the theoretical bases of ballet technique and practical suggestions for carrying this knowledge over into the classroom. In the first part of the text the authors cover the teaching/learning process, constructing and managing the class, and assessing student progress. The second part of the book presents a logical, sequential plan that guides instructors through the actual teaching of exercises, steps, principles, and progressions. Includes 200- plus b&w photographs that illustrate proper technique. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873229975
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/6/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayle Kassing teaches dance at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. She has taught ballet technique for more than 25 years in various settings, including higher education, a university-based community dance program, and professional and civic dance schools. She has also owned and operated her own dance studios.

No stranger to publishing, Kassing has been writing ballet education articles that focus on teaching and assessment for more than 15 years. She also served as the publications director for the National Dance Association.

A member of the National Dance Association and the Florida Dance Association, Kassing earned her PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.

Danielle M. Jay is an associate professor of dance education at Northern Illinois University. She has studied ballet since the age of three and has taught ballet at the college level for more than 25 years.

Jay has studied with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller at Jacob's Pillow and with David McLain, David Blackburn, and Oleg Sabline at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman's University.

Jay is a member of the National Dance Association, which is a part of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Preparing to Teach Beginning Ballet Classes
Chapter 1. Facilitating the Learning Process
Chapter 2. Utilizing Teaching Styles Effectively
Chapter 3. Developing Foundational Principles
Chapter 4. Constructing the Beginning Ballet Class
Chapter 5. Managing the Ballet Class
Chapter 6. Assessing Student Progress

Part II: Teaching Progressions for Beginning Ballet Classes
Unit I. Teacher's Planner for Unit I
Unit II. Teacher's Planner for Unit II
Unit III. Teacher's Planner for Unit III
Unit IV. Teacher's Planner for Unit IV

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