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ERIC Number: EJ1153370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Reflective Practice in the Ballet Class: Bringing Progressive Pedagogy to the Classical Tradition
Zeller, Jessica
Journal of Dance Education, v17 n3 p99-105 2017
This research seeks to broaden the dialogue on progressive ballet pedagogy through an examination of reflective practices in the ballet class. Ballet's traditional model of instruction has long required students to quietly comply with the pedagogue's directives, and it has thus become notorious for promoting student passivity. Despite strong recent efforts, particularly in academe, to advance student agency in ballet, the field struggles to transcend its authoritarian pedagogic history. I propose here that open-ended reflective practices can allow ballet pedagogues to bring a progressive approach to preprofessional training paradigms--to empower students as they prepare to enter the ballet profession. To reconcile ballet's formal traditions with reflective practice's progressive underpinnings, I draw from literature in ballet and educational philosophy. Using Max Van Manen's (1991) and Donald Schön's (1983, 1987) frameworks for reflection, I describe elements of my reflective approach to teaching university ballet majors with professional potential and aspirations.
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Language: English
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