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Teaching Courses Variations Coaching for Intermediate Foundation & Intermediate:
Duration of each course: 1.5 hour workshop for teachers; 1.5 hour class for students, with teacher observation; 15 minute discussion/feedback with teachers

An opportunity for teachers and students to participate in coaching classes focusing on the female variations for the new Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate syllabi.

Teachers will cover all four female variations during the practical session, after which they will have the opportunity to observe student classes. Students will begin with a 45 minute warm-up class prior to receiving comprehensive coaching of the variations. Students are required to have a good knowledge of their chosen variation in order to benefit.

Focusing on criteria assessed in the examination, this practical course will enhance knowledge and understanding of the technique, musicality and overall performance qualities required for each variation.
Exploring Musicality, Course 1:
Duration: 3 hours

There are several divergent aspects to 'musicality': on the one hand, human beings are born with an innate capacity for music: we are all musical beings. On the other hand, individual styles, choreographers and dance works demand musicality in the sense of a response to music that we can see in movement, and recognize as 'musical' or 'musical expression.' In this combined practical workshop and seminar, we explore various aspects of musicality and how they relate to the teaching, learning, performance and examinaiton of dance.

The course will include:
  • Exploring musical timing, rhythm, atmosphere, dynamics and phrasing in movement
  • Making creative use of musical resoucres for teaching
  • Understanding different uses of the term 'musicality' in dance and music
Exploring Musicality, Course 2:
Duration: 3 hours

In Musicality Course 1, we looked at music in the sense of 'pieces of music' that accompany a dance or dance class. Musicality Course 2 is in two parts.

Part 1:
We explore the sounds of music themsleves, particularly timbre and duration. Through practical exercise using a range of different accompaniments, including voice, we explore the way that sound quality can influence and motivate movement, and how movement dynamics and structure can be translated into sound as a tool for teaching. Finally, we investigate using sound as a way of understanding and analyzing movement itself.

Part 2:
We consider how ideas about musicality can inform the creation and development of exercises and enchainements in a ballet class. In addition, the class gives an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the musical terms commonly used in the assessment of dance in the RAD syllabus.

The course will include:
  • Exploring sounds, timbres and sonification
  • Breath and voice in teaching
  • Practical applications of musical understanding in the ballet class
Free Enchaînements for Teachers:
Duration: 3 hours

In this course, participants will learn strategies for creating their own development exercises and enchainements.

Topics will include:
  • Breaking down and building up
  • Use of music, rhythm and imagery
  • Dynamics and technique
  • Repetition, variation & development
A Guide to the Transition from Graded to Vocational Graded Examinations:
Duration: Half day

Teachers of classical ballet who have students studying for Graded and Vocational Graded examinations will benefit from this course.

This course will provide teachers with a knowledge and understanding of the purpose of the two different examination pathways and the approach to teaching.

The course will include discussion on:
The difference between the Graded and Vocational Graded examination pathways:
  • The meaning of the titles
  • The purpose of the two different pathways
How the two examination pathways relate to each other:
  • When to transfer from Graded to Vocational Graded examinations
  • How the two pathways compliment each other
  • Selection and preparation of students for Vocational Graded examinations
  • Strength and flexibility of physique
  • Suitability of feet for pointe work
The difference in approach to teaching at Graded and Vocational Graded levels:
  • Is there a difference, if so what is it?
  • Strengthening exercises to assist work at Vocational Graded level
  • Comparison of expectations in relation to specific movements at Graded and Vocational Graded levels
  • Comparison of assessment criteria between Graded and Vocational Graded examinations
  • Free enchaînements
  • The introduction of pointe work
Fundamentals of Classical Ballet Technique Unit 1 and 2:
Duration: One day

All teachers of classical ballet will benefit from this course.

The course aims to provide teachers with a deeper understanding of the content of the Academy's book, The Foundations of Classical Ballet Technique, on which the course is based.

Course Content Unit 1
The course will include:
  • Brief discussion on the value of Benesh Movement Notation
  • Explanation of the components and basic concepts of Classical Ballet
  • What, how, why? - Technical analysis of classical ballet vocabulary with discussion on issues related to teaching

Course Content Unit 2
This is a practical unit. The unit will be in the form of an extended classical ballet class in which teacher participation is strongly encouraged in order to re-visit and 'feel' in the body, basic classical technique. A selection of movements and steps will be analyzed and vocabulary will be discussed where appropriate. There will also be discussion on issues related to teaching

Please note it is not necessary to attend unit 1 before unit 2

Creating Effective Enchaînements:
Duration: One day

All teachers of classical ballet who wish to improve their ability to arrange free enchainements will benefit from the course.

The course aims to develop a systematic, but thoughtful and creative approach to devising free enchainements for Vocational Graded classes, up to Advanced Foundation level.

Course content:
The following topics in relation to free enchainements will be discussed and clarified:
  • Purpose
  • Formula on which to build
  • Varying qualities and dynamics
  • Class planning
  • Practical application and observation
  • Analysis and construction
Use of Music in Teaching:
Duration: One day

All teachers of classical ballet will benefit from this course.

The course aims to provide teachers with a basic understanding of the music requirements for class work and how to communicate these to a pianist.

Course content:
  • Introduction to basic music theory
  • Recognition of basic dance rhythms
  • Selection of appropriate rhythms for various movements
  • Use of voice to indicate rhythm and quality
  • Communication with pianist
Introduction to Teaching Basic Pointe Work
Duration: Half day

All teachers of classical ballet, particularly those who teach students who are beginning pointe work.

The course aims to provide teachers with a knowledge and understanding of how to introduce pointe work to young students.

Course content:
Advice on the different types of pointe shoes available:
  • Preparation of pointe shoes
  • Fitting of pointe shoes
  • Questions from teachers
Preparation for pointe work:
  • Physical requirements
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Demi-pointe exercises
Observation of teaching session with students followed by discussion.

Effective Teaching of Pointe Work
Duration: Half day

All teachers of classical ballet, particularly those who teach students at Intermediate examination level.

The course aims to provide teachers with a knowledge and understanding of how to introduce pointe work to young students.

Course content:
Technical and physical requirements for pointe work at Intermediate level including:
  • Posture
  • Possible growth spurts requiring adjustment of weight , etc
  • General strength and stability
Strengthening exercises in preparation for pointe work at Intermediate level. Observation of teaching session with students at Intermediate level or above, followed by discussion.

Syllabus Courses Introductory Courses:
These courses help you to gain knowledge and understanding of the Academy's examination syllabi and equip you with ideas for ways in which to teach them. Courses offer invaluable assistance for any ballet teacher working with the Academy's syllabus.

The course aims to provide teachers with a knowledge and understanding of the Academy's syllabi.

Graded Syllabus Courses
Grade Duration
Pre-Primary to Grade 5* 5 days
Grade 6 2 days
Grade 7 2 days
Grade 8 Award 2 days

*Note:
Day 1 & 2: Pre-Primary to Grade 2
Day 3: Grade 3
Day 4: Grade 4
Day 5: Grade 5

Teachers who are learning the work for the first time are strongly advised to attend the full five day course.

Vocational Graded Syllabus Courses
Level Duration
Intermediate Foundation, Male & Female 2 days
Intermediate, Male & Female 2 days
Advanced Foundation, Female 2 days
Advanced Foundation, Male 2 days
Advanced 1, Female 2 days
Advanced 1, Male 2 days
Advanced 2, Female 2 days
Advanced 2, Male 2 days
Solo Seal, Female 1 day
Solo Seal, Male 1 day


Revision Courses:
Revision courses are designed to help refresh details and enhance your approach to teaching. A good working knowledge of the relevant syllabus is required. All teachers of the Academy's examination syllabi will benefit from the course.

Course Title Duration
Pre-Primary to Grade 5
The work will be covered as follows:
 
Pre-Primary to Grade 2
1 day
Grade 3 & Grade 4
1 day
Grade 5
1 day
Intermediate Foundation - Male & Female 1 day
Intermediate - Male & Female 1 day


Free Movement and Character Revision Course:
These specialized courses offer in-depth study and ideas for methods of teaching the Free Movement and Character sections of the Academy's Graded examination syllabus.

Course Title Duration
Character: Grade 1 to Grade 5 Half day
Character: Grade 6 & 7 Half day
Character: Grade 8 Award Half day
Free Movement: Primary to Grade 5 Half day
Free Movement: Grade 6 & 7 Half day
Free Movement: Grade 8 Award Half day


Introduction to Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance

Fun to do and rewarding to teach, these syllabi help to develop children's physical skills, stamina, creativity, and expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. These one-day courses are essential for any teacher who teaches young children to understand the approach to teaching this new work. The courses will be delivered through discussion and practical sessions and will include:
  • Aims of the syllabi
  • Learning outcomes and the assessment criteria
  • Choreographic content of the Primary in Dance examination and the Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance Class Awards
  • Guidelines on how to develop movement skills, expression, creativity and a musical sensitivity in young children
  • Teaching methods appropriate for the delivery of these syllabi
  • Advice on preparation and procedures for the Primary in Dance examination and the Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance Class Awards
The course is designed for teachers who teach young children.

Course Length: One day

Duration: Six hours, with one additional hour for lunch. Exact start and finish times may vary from course to course.

Clothes: Comfortable clothes and shoes for the practical session.

Examination and Class Award content: Participants should bring a copy of the exercises and dances publication which includes the Specification (code 100PPD).

Course Notes: Participants will receive Course Guidelines in CD format. Participants should also bring a pen and paper.

Props: Participants should bring a percussion instument of choice (e.g. tambourine, drum, maracas, etc)


Courses in a Class Setting Exam Criteria in a Class Setting
The non-syllabus classes focus on free movement / character and breakdown of technique. By observation, teachers will gain insight into how the students' work relates to examination criteria. The opportunity to discuss details further will be provided after each class.
Building to Pointe Syllabus Work in a Class Setting
These non-syllabus/syllabus classes offer exercises which strengthen and build toward the syllabus work at each level. The opportunity for discussion will be provided throughout the delivery of each class.
Vocabulary of Steps and Unset Enchaînements in a Class Setting
Within the non-syllabus classes, the vocabulary of steps will be reviewed and a systematic and creative approach to devising free enchaînements will be provided. Strategies for developing musical awareness will also be incorporated at each class level. A teacher discussion will follow the Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate classes. Students at the Advanced level are encouraged to participate in the discussion.
Student Classes Student Classes are offered at both the Graded and Vocational Graded levels. They provide an opportunity for teachers to observe student classes, taught by an experienced Royal Academy of Dance examiner/tutor while giving students an opportunity to participate in a detailed overview of the examination requirements, in preparation for the examination sessions.

Enrolment for these classes are on a first come, first served basis, with preference given to examination candidates. We strongly encourage teachers and students to take advantage of the opportunity to consolidate knowledge of syllabus details and examination criteria.

Teacher Discussions Teacher Discussions are a follow-up to the observation of student classes and are ideal for those wishing to discuss the examination criteria. It is advised that those attending these sessions bring their copy of Handbook for Teachers.

Pre-School Dance Curriculum Workshop Open to both RAD and non-RAD teachers, this workshop brings a practical approach to teaching pre-schoolers. Learn the aims and objectives of the Pre-School Dance Curriculum. View a class and discuss, then participate in a group session to share, invent and expand upon creative ideas based on fundamental principles of cognitive, motor and social development.
*Private Lessons / Student Classes / Discussions

*By request only
Private Lessons:
G ive teachers an opportunity to clarify technical points one on one with an RAD examiner/tutor that may need reviewing and to develop specific skills at a time and location convenient to them.
Student Classes with Optional Discussion:
While instructive to teachers, Student Classes with optional Discussion following the class, are especially helpful in coaching students as the syllabus class is tailored to the particular grade level and technical emphasis of the teacher's choice.
Small Group Courses:
These are ideal for dialogue for small groups of teachers (maximum of five) who would like to request particular topics or courses of their choice.

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