Raising the curtain on Classical Dance
At MDEC we believe that classical ballet technique is not suitable for young bodies and minds not yet suitably prepared and at an appropriate stage of physical and cognitive development.
At the completion of the Preparatory Dance Program, students have a sound foundation for the introduction of the basics of classical dance technique. They have developed a wide range of movement skills and an ability to concentrate and coordinate the complex movements, rhythms and space patterns which will now be introduced.
Exploration of movement remains the focus of this program. Exercises are designed for this purpose and to combine the movements learned in interesting and challenging amalgamations. They are designed to help the dancer to dance better, with appropriate preparation and progressions to develop all basic classical technique requirements at an even pace.
Over the four Degrees of this program, the body instrument is introduced to classical dance technique by the use of the divided exercise, which allows the mind time to think about new movements without omitting any of the elements which will be coordinated in the final form. The movements are learnt with pauses and as if in slow motion. Gradually the pauses are removed and the tempo is increased until the final form is reached. Then the purpose of movements learned is recognised in amalgamations.
At each stage, the student is considered as a complete dancer at their own level of ability and development, and all elements must progress hand-in-hand. From the System set out in the teaching manual “Help Them Dance”, the teacher creates pathways to suit their own student groups, introducing movements and creating exercises and amalgamations appropriate to particular needs.
Students may be presented for assessment at the completion of each Degree, or at any stage of progression in between.
Other Dance Styles: We are developing a range of Basic Dance Style Programs which will run along side the Basics of Classical Dance, including Contemporary Dance, Character Dance and so on. Students will be able to study these programs concurrently.