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ERIC Number: EJ824181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Teaching Choreography in Higher Education: A Process Continuum Model
Butterworth, Jo
Research in Dance Education, v5 n1 p45-67 Apr 2004
This study proposes a new paradigm for the learning and teaching of choreography in the tertiary sector. It is based on the rationale that the choreography curriculum for the twenty-first century should be broad and balanced, and that tertiary students will benefit from a range of skills, knowledge and understanding germane to possible future career prospects in a changing and complex arts environment. The paper presents the questions that initiated the author's Ph.D. research and the mixed methodologies utilized. Of particular interest is the interrelationship of artistic and social processes that occur between choreographer and dancer(s) within differing dance-making approaches. Brief insight is provided into the range of contexts investigated, as a number of historical, theoretical and experiential perspectives were researched and synthesized to inform the model. Choreographic tendencies and differing processes were identified from both professional and educational dance cultures, and from personal practitioner praxis as choreography tutor in a specific higher education programme in the United Kingdom. The framework is presented diagrammatically in the form of a continuum termed the Didactic-Democratic Spectrum. An indicative description of five generic choreographic processes, and five short case studies are given as exemplars of application in the studio. In conclusion the paper questions any implications for teachers/tutors in the higher education context. (Contains 1 table and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom