Modern Theatre - Revitalised for all
Sunday, 27 November 09:00-16:00 (local time)
As part of the society’s mission to drive equality and inclusivity in the world of dance, the modern theatre committee and creative team have reviewed and revisited our syllabi, gaining recommendations and reflections from faculty and industry specialists.
Therefore, over this academic year we are changing our syllabus exercise titles from “Girls/Female” to “Option A,” and “Boys/Male to “Option B” to have more inclusive language.
Thus, opening choices of exercises from across the entire syllabus to all, allows teachers to select (alongside their dancers) mixtures of either option A or B exercises for their classes and examinations. Updates to all syllabus resources will be rolled out across the new academic year (changes to syllabus books will take longer).
This course will outline these options with time to discuss the management of these in class and in exam scenarios. As well as introducing training progressions for a new body strengthening exercise for option A dancers in grade 4 (as an alternative to the previously titled: Boys floor sequence) and also training progressions for an adapted sequence for grade 5 “Preparation for falls” for option A dancers.
These changes will not affect the volume of exam content or exam format as they are non-compulsory. The hope is that this work will broaden the teacher and candidates’ choice of the syllabus of work and therefore connect to the wider range of dancers' styles, dynamics, and personalities.
This course is designed for everyone teaching modern theatre, regardless of how newly qualified or experienced teachers may be. This information is especially vital for unit 4 tutors, DDE trainee students, associate students and will add background knowledge for those studying for licentiate and fellowship.
Learning outcome for “Revitalised for all”
To understand the new options in the modern theatre syllabus and how these promote diversity, inclusion, and best practice.
Please note: This course is only open to teachers in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Teachers from other regions are free to attend the same course in Johannesburg on 8 December.
These courses will be taught by ISTD modern theatre lead lecturer and examiner, Tereza Theodoulou.
Meet the lecturer
Tereza Theodoulou - Modern Theatre Lead lecturer
Tereza began her training with Joy Spriggs in North London, achieving fellowship status with distinction in both Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties. She continued her studies at the Alvin Ailey School and further explored the rich diversity of jazz and tap at various studios in New York.
Upon returning to the UK she co-founded her own jazz dance company; 'Overtures', where she created and performed in numerous productions including working with the British Theatre for the Deaf, culminating in a workshop presentation of 'My fair lady' at the Edinburgh Festival.
Tereza's teaching experiences span a multitude of roles in various vocational colleges including Head of Modern Dance at London College, Bedford, modern and jazz tutor at Laine Theatre Arts and Bird College as well as teaching for many years at The Deborah Capon College, Whitstable and Morea Performing Arts, Cheltenham.
Tereza is a freelance tutor and mentor for all status exams and frequently examines the length and breadth of the UK and internationally for the Modern Theatre and Tap Faculties. Tereza is a key member of our modern theatre creative team and also represents the Theatre Faculties as our International Ambassador.
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