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Exploring Repertoire in Ballet Teaching

04 hours
This practical workshop will focus on two contrasting sections of ballet repertoire: Coppélia and Giselle.

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Through performance of Czardas from Act I of Coppélia and excerpts from ‘Dance of the Wilis’ from Act 2 of Giselle, this half-day practical workshop introduces ways in which group repertoire can be adapted by teachers to extend ballet practice beyond an examination syllabus. Participants will be introduced to the historical contexts of the selected repertoire, analysis of key movement phrases, and the creation of training exercises to help learn key movement motives, style, and technique. Participants will also be guided in how to construct creative tasks around the selected repertoire and implement peer feedback to support students in becoming reflective learners.


The aims of this workshop are to:

  • Explore the stylistic and technical demands of selected ballet repertoire: Coppélia (Saint-Léon, 1870) Act I “Czardas”; and Giselle (Coralli/Perrot, 1841) “Dance of the Wilis”
  • Reflect upon the historical significance of the selected ballet repertoire.
  • Explore approaches to the learning and teaching of ballet repertoire to enhance classroom training.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the workshop you will:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the historical significance of the selected ballet repertoire
  • Demonstrate extracts of selected ballet repertoire focusing on stylistic and technical features
  • Adapt the selected ballet repertoire for different abilities and age groups
  • Devise differentiated training exercises to assist you in teaching the selected ballet repertoire