16 February 2024 2 – 6pm

Promoting Musicality in the Ballet Class CPD Workshop (London, UK)

Promoting Musicality in the Ballet Class is a practical workshop, drawing on choreomusical theories such as Gorbman’s concept of ‘mutual implication’, where music and dance work together in a combinatoire of expression, and Chion’s ‘transsensoral perception’ that transverses the sensory domains to investigate how the visual can convey the aural, and vice versa.

The workshop commences with a presentation and discussion of how a dancers musicality may be enhanced through an increased understanding of the shared structural categories of music and dance, such as rhythm, phrasing, dynamics and pitch, and how the conception of musical beats, counts, meter and phrasing may be interpreted and aligned between the two media.

The presentation and discussion is then followed by a practical ballet class, drawing on vocational level content, in which participants will be encouraged to physically perform and embody the theoretical concepts discussed. The ballet class settings (comprising of a mixture of set RAD syllabi and free enchaînements) aim to provide ideas and methods of promoting musicality that teachers may incorporate into their own practices. Rhythm-based and Melody-based musicality will also be discussed as a means of heightening awareness of the importance of adapting one’s teaching to facilitate student learning according to individual somatic preferences.


The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of music-dance relations with a particular focus on how to promote musicality in the ballet class.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • Have a greater understanding of what musicality is in a dancer, and how to incorporate and encourage different ways of enhancing musicality in the ballet class,
  • Gain an enhanced understanding of how to promote musicality in the ballet class through listening more closely to the musical soundscape,
  • Have increased knowledge of musical time, with focus on different conceptions of musical beats, and the dancers counts that represent them,
  • Have enhanced understanding of rhythm (meter, hyper-meter and hierarchy) and how rhythm may be used to promote musicality, and
  • Have gained knowledge of how to use rhythm, dynamics and phrasing in the creation of an expressive dialogue between music and dance.


RAD headquarters, London SW11 3JZ

Recommended Preparation

Some knowledge of the RAD vocational syllabi is desirable, but not essential.



As a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance, Clare is delighted to have joined the Faculty of Education in August 2021 as a Lecturer in Dance Education. In her role as Lecturer, Clare teaches a variety of modules across a range of the Faculty of Education’s programmes of study, including undergraduate university-validated programmes and professional awards.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Education, Clare gained extensive international experience teaching RAD and non-syllabus ballet in a wide range of socio-cultural settings. Clare is also a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (Imperial Ballet), holds an MA in Ballet Studies from the University of Roehampton, a PGCert in Performance Teaching (HE) from Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a Fellow with Advance HE.

Clare’s research interest and current field of study is Choreomusicology, which looks at music-dance relations and explores ways of discovering how these relationships may be revealed through examining their shared interdisciplinarity.

CPD Hours

4 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

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Key Information

Time Fee
2 – 6pm Member Fee: £68 / €79 / $87
Non-Member Fee: £95.50 / €111 / $122