BLISS – Lecture Demonstrations for Teachers

appropriate for ballet schools and dance universities

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BLISS – Integrating XXI-Century Skills into Ballet Teaching

Objective: In this presentation, we will explore how to connect the classical ballet canon to the demands of society in the XXI century. Through this lecture demonstration, we focus on self-awareness and self-reflection to support teachers in integrating XXI-century skills into their teaching theory and practice.

Description: This lecture-demonstration will provide an outline of the necessary teaching skills that align with XXI-century skills. We will define and explain these skills and demonstrate how to transform them into personal ballet teaching competencies.

  • 1st part: How do we identify the skills?
  • 2nd part: How do we transform them into competencies?
BLISS – Ballet Coordination 

is a theoretical and practical framework that guides teachers to identify learning objectives, designing appropriate learning activities, and assessing student progress. It is challenging but rewarding to connect a theoretical model with a practical example!

This is what we will do together in this lecture demonstration:

  • We use scenarios to illustrate how the model applies in practice. 
  • We provide case studies as a valuable tool for connecting educational models with practical examples. By presenting a specific case study, you can show how the educational model can be applied in practice and how it can lead to particular outcomes.
  • We will use simulations: Simulations can be a powerful way to connect educational models with practical examples. By creating a simulated learning environment, we give learners a chance to apply the educational model in a safe and controlled environment.
  • We will promote dialogue among all participants.

During this lecture demonstration, teachers will become familiar with the coordination of body parts and the body as a whole, understand how the body is connected to space, synchronize your inner timing with the music, and use wording creatively for better communication with students. 

This workshop will explore the principles of body parts coordination as a whole and how they can be integrated into ballet class, helping participants to raise awareness, speed, and empowerment for their professional and personal development. With specific exercises, you’ll have the opportunity to put your new skills into practice and develop your own style and expression.

Where: live or online; in a ballet studio and any other appropriate space for movement 

Benefits of the workshop:

  • become familiar with the coordination of body parts and the body as a whole

  • understand how the body connects to space

  • synchronize your inner timing with the music

  • and use ballet vocabulary creatively for self-expression

BLISS – Mental Representation of Ballet Elements and Movements

This workshop is designed to help teachers improve their understanding in application of key dance concepts such as Space, Rhythm, Dynamics, and Use of Body. By understanding how these concepts work together, the quality of movement and expression are enhanced. 

After this workshop, teachers will have a greater awareness of how your dance movements are perceived and represented in space and time,  how to use the wording to analyze SPACE in terms of direction, level, amplitude, focus, grouping, and shape; RHYTHM in terms of tempo, duration, accent, and meter; DYNAMICS in terms of direct or flexible curves, and flow; and THE USE OF BODY in terms of posture, pose, locomotion, and gesture.

Teachers will update their cognitive skills, and develop a deeper understanding of how to transform them into competencies.