"Contemporary dance is when you enjoy time while dancing."
tackling topicsHow do we mediate contemporary dance in schools? What exactly do we want to teach to children and adolescents? Our six focus areas provide a canon of subject matter to help you in this connection. Based on the division of topics and learning materials in other school subjects (such as mechanics, optics and thermodynamics in physics for instance), the focus areas present the most significant aspects of contemporary dance. At the same time, they represent an open system that can be expanded and developed further on an individual basis. Using our materials and methodological suggestions, you can generate a multitude of assignments for your lessons from the individual focus areas, which can also be combined with one another for the same purpose. Our example assignments will show you how this basic principle works.
To formulate individual goals for your school class, you can combine the competencies laid out in the educational dimensions of the German Association for Dance in Schools with the focus areas, which will allow you to go even deeper into the subject matter.
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How do I move my body and how does it stand in relation to others or to the space? The cultivation of awareness for one’s own body and the exploration of complex movements are in the foreground here.
How does the examination of a subject give rise to movement? And how does one approach these movements aesthetically in time and space? The focus here is on the creative process in the world of contemporary dance.
Every culture has developed its own dance styles, which are fundamentally different in terms of their historical origins and expression. In contemporary dance, they find an outlet in new forms.
Dancing a map, a mathematical formula or vocabulary words? Subjects from the traditional school curriculum form the departure point for a creative examination in the context of contemporary dance.
Other art forms such as music, the visual arts or literature provide inspiration and enter into dialogue with contemporary dance, creating new points of contact and greater common ground.
What does the individual lived reality of the students look like and how do they define themselves in the context of society? In contemporary dance, the relationships between self, our counterparts and community are experienced through the body and the senses.