Friday we had an impromptu skype chat. We
continued on our discussion about aspects of practice but took steps ‘out’ to
critically look at our own assumptions and discourses as we discussed. The
Skype discussion groups are most useful for this as they allow you to practice
the critical reflection and thinking-feeling that the course is asking you to
develop (to MA level standards). We confirmed how the AOLs are critical
reflections on your past experiences through looking at how past experiences
have shaped your ideas and also how these ideas link to existing literature.
How do you ‘know’ some thing is true (for
you). The AOLs ask you to look at your past career to see where you learnt your
foundation of practice – where you learnt from experiences. Keep remembering
this across the whole course.
instance: Chelsie ‘knows’ that having a cultural context to her teaching of
Dance Hall is an important part of her teaching practice – students need to
understand the cultural background of the movement not just do the movement.
There is literature that discusses this idea she can draw on. But how does she
‘know’ this? Thinking back this idea started to be something she learnt from
when she was performing in China and realised her understanding of the movement
she was performing was not at a level where she could really understand the
movement itself: she noticed her own lack of cultural context made the movement
she was doing incomplete. So, this learning was the seed of informing her
practice/curriculum development of her classes today. The literature she finds
around this helps her also give further context to learning as she sees what
other practitioners have approached this idea and where her own innate
understanding and values sit in the larger field of this topic.
Of course, across all the Modules you are
doing this triangulation of experience-data, personal reflection, and
So to set the cat amongst the pigeons what
do you think of truth. The framework of this course sees ‘truth’ as constructed
but does this mean anything goes? This Ted Talk is really interesting in terms
of exploring this.
I went to a session on Older People Dancing: Perspectives on creative practice.
The some of the artists people talking on this panel have been doing work with older people and multi-generational work for 29 /30 years! There is such a rich history to find out about. Fergus Early spoke about the range of training, performance, and facilitation of dance for older people (and multigenerational groups)his company engages in - I used to work with him in his company Green Candle Dance Company. http://www.greencandledance.com
Lorna Murray talked about the work Scottish Ballet are doing with older peoples classes and performance. Rachel Bar spoke about work Canada National Ballet is doing in Canada. Because Canada is so big they are running classes with dance teacher leading from class over internet. Exploring what this means and can offer.
On Tuesday October 10th 5pm we have the MAPP Module One induction (Part Two).
This Part Two of the Induction is for you now you have read the handbooks and experienced starting a bit... We will talk about AOLs, Blogs, Skype, reflective journals sessions and another bits you would like to share.This second Part is because you have have context to what we were saying in the initial Part One Induction.
Please comment on this blog post if you will be attending. We will be calling the people who comment here. If you are skype with someone make sure it is clear whose Skype you will using to join-in.