In the 19th century, National, or Character, dance was an integral and exciting aspect of ballet repertoire. With the focus on abstract dance in the 20th century, Character dance was considered to be less important in some contexts. However, for the two most celebrated British choreographers, Sir Frederick Ashton, OM CH CBE and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, devising choreography to express situation, narrative, and personality was crucial. This, therefore, still has an impact on the performance of their works, how we understand the term “character dance,” and what studying their works might mean for expressivity in dance.
Join us to explore:
- Character dance in 19th-century works, such as La Sylphide (Bournonville, 1832), Don Quixote (Petipa, 1869), Swan Lake (Petipa/Ivanov, 1895)
- Character dance in 20th-century works, such as La Fille mal gardée (Ashton, 1960), The Two Pigeons (Ashton, 1961), Manon (1974), Elite Syncopations (MacMillan, 1974)
- Ideas for connecting knowledge of character dance with your own teaching and your students’ understanding.
Taught by Rosie Gerhard and Julia Delaney from British Ballet Now & Then.
This session will be recorded while it is taking place.
Open to all dance teachers.
By taking this course, you will earn two hours of CPD.
|Course fee (non-members)||£ 50.00|
|Course fee (members)||£ 30.00|
|Course fee (current Dance Teaching Qualifications (TQ) students)||£ 5.50|