The curriculum is made up of five domains; physical practice, artistic research, artistic practice, community practice and academic practice. The basic training consists of rhythmic-dynamic dance forms which help students develop a ‘multiple body and multiple mind’. Students cultivate an artistic vision during the first two academic years through artistic research and artistic projects with fellow students. Subsequently, during their last two study years, students work with dance lovers in the extramural field. The study programme collaborates with schools on the periphery of Amsterdam.
Content and structure
Working with children in urban primary and secondary education calls for teachers who are capable of working with a culturally diverse pupil population. Starting in their first year, students teach in a dynamic Amsterdam work field; at primary schools during the first and second year and subsequently at secondary schools. The theoretical components of the curriculum are directly linked to practical tasks. A residency at the Ecole des Sables in Senegal is also a fixed part of the curriculum.
The study programme is built up of three phases:
- propaedeutic phase (1st year)
- main phase (2nd and 3rd year)
- graduation phase (4th year)
In the first, second and third study year, you follow a fixed programme. During the graduation phase individual adaptation of the programme is possible. Compulsory components of the graduate phase are: the collective programme of the study course, an artistic project with dance enthusiasts, an internship in secondary education and a social placement.
Every study year is made up of components from five domains that interrelate with one another. There is also opportunity for free study and additional education.
A rhythmic – dynamic basic training in which students develop dance skills and stamina.
Development of artistic skills by participating in workshops for movement research and performance research that include somatic movement, Laban Movement Analyses/Bartenieff principles, rhythm and rhyme, video, lighting and sound.
Development of practical artistic skills. During the first three study years, students work as performing dancer in a choreography created by a professional choreographer. During the first two study years students also develop artistic projects with and for each other.
In the third and fourth study year students develop artistic projects with dance enthusiasts.
Students develop their pedagogical/didactic and artistic skills by teaching pupils at primary and secondary schools, dance schools, cultural centres and also with dance enthusiasts.
Developing academic skills in relation to practical assignments in all domains; health & performance, dance research, dance theory, dance history, didactics, pedagogics and entrepreneurship.
Free study opportunity and additional education
- Physical practice: codified technique: ballet / jazz / house and hip hop;
- Individual artistic research;
- Study guidance;
- Instruction regarding lighting, sound and video technique.
Students receive intensive coaching just like at other dance study programmes offered by the Academy for Theatre and Dance. The rosters of all study years reserve a fixed hour for study guidance by a study year mentor. Study guidance is aimed at ensuring optimal study progress of a student.
Accreditation and degree
The bachelor's programme Dance Teacher is a track within the Bachelor of Education. The quality of this programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive an accredited bachelor's degree and the title Bachelor of Education. Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO).
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