The Pedagogy of Dance Performance in the University: Internal and External Projects

Ms. Sharon Garber
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The pedagogical methods of dance technique and performance at the university level need to be creative to prepare students for the possibility of a professional career in the dance world. By bringing guest artists to the department to teach Great Works, the students have the opportunity to study with professionals, as well as learn, rehearse and perform works that are in professional company repertoire. To further prepare university students for the professional dance world, I developed two collaborative projects with ballet companies: Milwaukee Ballet (2001) and BalletMet, Columbus (2005). The university students were assimilated into company classes, rehearsals, Q & A sessions, private coaching, presentations, etc for 3 days. This experiential, pedagogical tool offers numerous beneficial outcomes. Our Department of Dance intends to extend the collaborative projects to also include jazz and modern dance companies.

Keywords: Dance, Ballet, Pedagogy Projects, Performance Pedagogy, Collaborative Projects, University and Professional Dance Training
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Pedagogy of Dance Performance in the University, The

Ms. Sharon Garber

Associate Professor, Department of Dance, College of Fine Arts, Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI, USA

In my current faculty position, my areas of teaching include all levels of ballet technique, pointe and variations, teaching dance technique (methods and issues) and ballet history. I coach students for performances and also serve as the rehearsal director for George Balanchine repertoire performed in our Great Works concerts and have restaged classics from the repertoire for our students to perform. My original choreography has taken a new and interesting direction: I am experimenting with creating ballet work in silence and then having the music composed afterwards by collaborator, Claudia Howard Queen. I am very interested in the creative side of ballet technique and performance pedagogy; and I have developed 2 collaborative projects with Milwaukee Ballet (2001) and BalletMet, Columbus (2005) for our students. This project is intended to be on-going.

Ref: A06P0373