On Considering a Comparative Approach

A Model for Classification of Dance Techniques

Article published in the book Wissen in Bewegung (Knowledge in Motion). Published by the GTF – Gesellschaft für TanzForschung (German Society for Dance Research) April 2007. (Translated into German)
Abstract: What if we could increase our capacity to look beyond stylistic considerations in teaching, making and criticizing dance? In what ways can we expand our frame of reference, see similarities between styles, approaches and techniques, and discover more cooperative ways of sharing knowledge and information? How might a course of study in pedagogy prepare one to teach not only existing methods, but encourage the development of new approaches, new techniques, new methods of teaching?

While there exist many excellent, progressive systems available for educating dancers, there exist few programs that promote innovative, contemporary approaches to teaching and guiding movement research. One obstacle is the difficulty to recognize and, hence, classify what is fundamental to various contemporary styles. It is a challenge, therefore, to determine what pedagogic principles and methodologies may advance more effective training of contemporary dancers. Towards this end, this article
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