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As part of the society’s mission to drive equality and inclusivity, the Modern Theatre committee and Creative Team have reviewed and revisited our syllabi, gaining recommendations and reflections from faculty and industry specialists. Therefore, exercises are renamed from “Girls” syllabus to “Option A,” and from “Boys" syllabus to “Option B”. Thus, opening up choices of exercises from across the entire syllabus for teachers/students to select mixtures of either Option A or Option B for their classes and examinations irrespective of gender. (Updates to all syllabus resources will start to roll out across the new academic year starting with our new specification).These changes will not affect the format of the exam, but hopefully broaden teachers/students choice of syllabus exercises.

 

Revise and regenerate - Intermediate Modern syllabus for option A/Girls and option B/Boys with free music

A practical lecture for teachers to participate and/or observe, delivering a new playlist of free music exploring diversity of styles and musical qualities. Demonstrators will be provided by the ISTD. Please note, this course will NOT include the Option B Floor Sequence, Set Amalgamations or analysis of Dance Vocabulary and Free Work.

On this course you will learn the revised settings of the current exercises that have irregular phrasing, and rediscover the intention and purpose of this important syllabus. The free music will inspire teachers and students to discover the original artistic dynamics, alongside current music trends and discuss how this regeneration of ideas will breathe new life into this iconic body of work. The analysis of Intermediate has a clear pathway through the grades and into the higher vocational level exams, and so by embedding these original concepts will aid a smoother segue for teachers/students into the Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 syllabi. As the entrance exam for DDE, the Intermediate syllabus is the highest level studied when embarking on a career as a qualified teacher, therefore this course is a must for anyone teaching Intermediate, DDE Unit 4 Tutors, and for all teachers and students coaching and training in any of our teaching qualification levels.

 

Revise and Regenerate - Intermediate Modern set amalgamations, option B/Boys floor sequence and analysis of dance vocabulary steps and free work with free music playlist

A practical lecture for all teachers to participate and/or observe, delivering a new playlist of free music exploring diversity of styles and musical qualities covering the all Set Amalgamations, Boys Floor Sequence and analysis of dance vocabulary steps and free work . Demonstrators will be provided by the ISTD. Please note, this course will not include Set Syllabus Exercises (Limbering, Centre and Barre Work or Combination Steps.

On this course you will rediscover the original intention and purpose behind these set sequences/amalgamations and vocabulary steps and re-establish the artistic dynamics, alongside current music trends, breathing new life into this iconic body of work.  As the entrance exam for DDE, the Intermediate syllabus is the highest level studied when embarking on a career as a qualified teacher, therefore this course is a must for anyone teaching Intermediate and for all  teachers and students coaching and training in our teaching qualification levels.

 

"Modern Theatre revitalised for all” - New and inclusive training options for all Modern graded syllabus with optional syllabus adaptations

This course will outline these options and management of these in class and in exam scenarios. As well as introducing a new optional body strengthening exercise at Grade 4 level and an adapted optional sequence for Grade 5 “Preparation for Falls”.  These changes will NOT affect the volume of exam content or exam format as they are non-compulsory. However, the hope is that this will broaden teachers and students overall experience and allow more choice of syllabus and to connect to a wider range of dancer’s styles, dynamics, and personalities. This course is designed for anyone teaching any level of Modern Theatre syllabus, regardless of how newly qualified or experienced teachers may be. This information is especially vital for Unit 4 Tutors and DDE trainee students and will add background knowledge for those studying for Licentiate and Fellowship. 

 

Afro-Jazz fusion lecture and class with leading Jazz exponent - Bafana Matea

Having performed, choreographed, and taught in three continents, South African dancer Bafana Matea is well positioned to explore the influences and development of Jazz Dance. In this inspiring lecture and practical class, you will experience the rhythms of traditional Zulu dance and map its influences on Contemporary, Hip-hop and Jazz Dance. You will also hear how dance has shaped Bafana’s life, bringing him to this point as an educator and influencer.
Whether you take part physically or wish to observe, the use of demonstrators will add a visual aid to maximise your class experience. This course will broaden your appreciation of the human instinct to respond to rhythm and music through physical expression and enhance your interest and understanding of the continual evolvement and rich fusion of the Jazz Dance idiom.
The content of the movement vocabulary can be broken down to suit a range of ages and abilities and as such, would be beneficial for all your classes

 

Development and approach for advanced 2 Kicks

The class will demonstrate how to develop your Advanced 2 students both technically and artistically and will be concentrating on the development of the Kicks throughout the syllabus. You will observe a class led by our teaching team with their Advanced 2 student. This is a coaching class looking at the development of the Kicks vocabulary, Technical Kicks and Performance Kicks sequences in Advanced 2 Modern. 

 

Development and approach for advanced 2 Limbering and Adage

The class will demonstrate how to develop your Advanced 2 students both technically and artistically and will be concentrating on the development of Limbering and Adage throughout the syllabus. You will observe a class led by our teaching team with their Advanced 2 student. This is a coaching class looking at the development of the Vocabulary, Technical  and Performance Limbering in Advanced 2 Modern.

 

Development and approach for advanced 2 Elevation

The class will demonstrate how to develop your Advanced 2 students both technically and artistically and will be concentrating on the development of the Elevation throughout the syllabus. Teachers will observe a class led by our teaching team with their Advanced 2 student. This is a coaching class looking at the development of the Elevation vocabulary, Technical Elevation and Performance Elevation sequences in Advanced 2 Modern.

 

Development and approach for advanced 2 Turns

The class will demonstrate how to develop your Advanced 2 students both technically and artistically and will be concentrating on the development of the Turns throughout the syllabus. You will observe a class led by our teaching team with their Advanced 2 student. This is a coaching class looking at the development of the Turns vocabulary, Technical Turns and Performance Turn sequences in Advanced 2 Modern.

 

Syllabus review for grade 4 including EDI updates option A/Girls and option B/Boys syllabus

This course will provide teachers with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the contents of the grades 4 syllabus option A and B (Girls and Boys work) including the objectives for each level of examination. This is an opportunity to become proficient with the technical and artistic aspects of the syllabus. All the set exercises, and any new revisions will be thoroughly studied with the supportive knowledge of how to achieve the correct technique with your students. Please note that the amalgamations will not be covered in this session. 

 

Syllabus review of grade 5 Modern with EDI updates option A/Girls and option B/Boys

This course will provide teachers with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the contents of the Grades 5 Modern with the EDI updates of "Option A/Girls" syllabus and "Option B/ Boys" syllabus, including the examination objectives This is an opportunity to become proficient with the technical and artistic aspects of the syllabus. All the set exercises, and any new revisions will be thoroughly studied with the supportive knowledge of how to achieve the correct technique with your students. Please note that the set amalgamations and dance vocabulary steps will not be covered in this session.

 

Syllabus review of grade 6 Modern with EDI updates option A/Girls and option B/Boys

This course will provide teachers with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the contents of the Grades 6 Modern with the EDI updates of "Option A/Girls" syllabus and "Option B/Boys" syllabus, including the examination objectives. This is an opportunity to become proficient with the technical and artistic aspects of the syllabus. All the set exercises, and any new revisions will be thoroughly studied with the supportive knowledge of how to achieve the correct technique with your students. Please note that the set amalgamations, floor sequence and dance vocabulary steps will not be covered in this session.

 

Grade 6 floor sequence - Analysis of connecting components, established in grade 6 Limbering 

This course will provide teachers with a detailed knowledge and understanding of the contents of the Grades 6 Girls Floor Sequence and will be an opportunity to become proficient with the technical and artistic aspects of the Floor Sequence with the supportive knowledge of how to achieve the correct technique with your students by referencing the limbering concepts of strengthening, loosening (mobilising) and stretching (lengthening) established in the set grade 6 limbering section 

 

DDE Unit 4 analysis, observations and marking Criteria - Including the EDI syllabus updates; option A/Girls and option B /Boys

The course is divided into 3 parts that will study and analyse the purpose behind the DDE Unit 4 syllabus. Each ‘Part’ will refer to the updated marking criteria and EDI additions, " Option A/Girls" and "Option B/Boys" , for the DDE Unit 4 syllabus requirements and content. Teachers will observe a mock exam which will help to envisage the practical application of Part 1 and Part 2 courses and will also give teachers the tools to transfer this information across all the syllabus requirements, even if each exercise is not covered in depth on this course. This three part course will also explore the training of varying physiques to achieve sound technique and emphasize the variety of dynamic expression, quality and musicality to enhance style and artistry that underpins the Modern Theatre syllabi.
This course is designed for Modern Theatre Unit 4 Tutors, students, and DDE trainee students and will add background knowledge for those studying for Licentiate and Fellowship. (Please note, the higher status exam programs may not cover the earlier graded syllabus requirements). 

Part 2 will cover the analysis and development of Limbering, Walking, Arm Exercises, Rhythm, and Dance Vocabulary, including Option A & Option B where applicable.

Part 3 will include observation of a mock exam including Option A & Option B using DDE graduates provided by the ISTD. 

Licentiate preparation - Introduction and requirements for examinations, with EDI updates and observation session on Section 2

The course will give an overview of the Licentiate exam with an in-depth analysis of the marking criteria for Part 1 and Part 2.  Advice on the structure, pace, teaching methodologies and creative sequences required for Part 1, will reference the relevant components, and discuss the content of the class expected at this level. Observing a mock exam of Part 2 will help us envisage the practical application of the marking criteria for this section. It will also give teachers the tools to transfer the knowledge gained from these samples to a range of questions and creative tasks not seen in this mock exam. Reference will also be made to the EDI updates "Option A/Girls" syllabus and "Option B/Boys syllabus for the Licentiate syllabus requirements and content that should be studied for the exam. These options will explore the training of varying physiques to achieve sound technique while giving emphasis to the variety of dynamic expressions, quality and musicality that enhance the style and artistry that underpins the Modern Theatre work up to and including the Advanced 1 syllabus. This course is designed for Licentiate candidates and Licentiate Tutors. Please note, the higher status exam programs may not cover the earlier graded syllabus requirements. 

 

Fellowship preparation - Introduction and requirements for examinations, with EDI updates and observation session on Section 2

The course will give an overview of the Fellowship exam with an in-depth analysis of the marking criteria for Part 1 and Part 2.  Advice on the structure, pace, teaching methodologies and creative sequences required for Part 1, will reference the relevant components, and discuss the content of the class expected at this level.  Observing a mock exam of Part 2 will help us envisage the practical application of the marking criteria for this section. It will also give teachers the tools to transfer the knowledge gained from these samples to a range of questions and creative tasks not seen in this mock exam.  Reference will also be made to the EDI updates for "Option A/Girls" syllabus and "Option B/Boys" syllabus for the Fellowship exam requirements and contents. These options will explore the training of varying physiques to achieve the sound technique required while giving emphasis to the variety of dynamic expressions, quality and musicality that enhance the style, artistry and maturity that underpins the Modern Theatre work up to and including the Advanced 2 syllabus. This course is designed for Fellowship candidates and Fellowship Tutors. Please note, the higher status exam programs may not cover the earlier graded syllabus requirements.

 

Development of Improvisation and free dance vocabulary sequences Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6

This practical course will explore ideas and techniques for developing yours and your pupils’ confidence and creative approach to improvisation. The course will use a range of musical styles to enhance a variety of musical and stylistic interpretations and develop contrasting qualities of movement and performance skills. Using appropriate dance vocabulary suitable for the various grades, this lecture will encourage you to take part and learn a selection of sequences that will excite and motive. By exploring free content that does not appear as part of the set syllabus exercise, you will be to apply these interpretive concepts in all classes to develop a variety of dynamic energies and breathe new life into the set work and confidence in free work.


Grade 4 musical theatre progressions and amalgamations

An introduction to the new optional Grade 4 Musical Theatre Amalgamation through physical learning of the supportive Progression sequences and Amalgamation, with an insight into the influences that have inspired the three new Amalgamations. Discussion and analysis of the technique and artistry in connection to each individual progression as well as exploring alternative settings and how to combine and use these to develop further creativity.

 

Grade 5 musical theatre progressions and amalgamations

An introduction to the new optional grade 5 Musical Theatre Amalgamation through physical learning of the supportive progression sequences and amalgamation, with an insight into the influences that have inspired the three new Amalgamations. Discussion and analysis of the technique and artistry in connection to each individual progression as well as exploring alternative settings and how to combine and use these to develop further creativity.


Grade 6 musical theatre progressions and amalgamations

An introduction to the new optional Grade 6 Musical Theatre Amalgamation through physical learning of the supportive progression sequences and Amalgamation, with an insight into the influences that have inspired the three new Amalgamations. Discussion and analysis of the technique and artistry in connection to each individual progression as well as exploring alternative settings and how to combine and use these to develop further creativity.

 

How to develop Jazz technique with Bronze Jazz award

This course will refresh the Bronze Jazz Award syllabus from Warm up to Set amalgamations concentrating on developing the variety of Jazz styles and qualities required for this examination.

 

Understanding and application of biomechanics in relation to Modern Theatre Dance

On this course you will be working on the basic concept of the relationship between the lower back, pelvis and hip joints which is key for hip flexion and posterior rotation of the pelvis. By dissecting the origins of the movement, you will gain new insight of the movement at joint level and engagement of appropriate muscle recruitment. Understanding these actions is vital for the correct technical execution of forward stretch, kicks and contractions etc. We will be looking at building the awareness of these actions using simple exercises to improve your physical literacy that can be easily translated into Modern Theatre technique. This course is essential learning for DDE students, Unit 4 DDE tutors and experienced teachers of all levels.