Tidligere kursus 2008

Dancing forward

Action Research Workshop with Professor Susan Koff, Steinhardt School of Education,
New York University.

This course builds onto the previous one conducted by Prof.Susan Koff in August 2007 year where dancers and teachers joined to investigate the pedagogical practices in the teaching of dance as a creative and collaborative method.
This course will now begin to look at how we teach and how we can improve our own practice. Through Action-Research we will look at teaching methods, learning strategies and evaluative procedures in our own teaching and seek to improve and implement changes.

The course will begin with an introduction by Prof. Susan Koff and Prof. Eeva Anttila, Theatre Academy in Helsinki, on current research in Dance Education in the USA and Finland. The following two days will be practice based and it is hoped that we will be able to work with children in the studio and use this experience as a common case study.
Through this participatory practice and collaboration we will activate a ‘self-reflective spiral’ whereby planning, acting, observing and reflecting will become tools towards achieving improved and enlightened practice.

Taking part in the course will also be participants from the Nordic countries who will be attending the seminar in the afternoons and also students from the new two-year Danseformidler Uddannelse.


Dr. Susan R. Koff brings over fifteen years of experience teaching in higher education. During six of those years, Dr. Koff was the director of the Graduate Dance and Dance Education Program in the Department of the Arts and Humanities at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Education in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University and Director of the Dance Education Program. She was a Fulbright Scholar visiting the National School of Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen.

Dr. Koff served as a founding board member for the National Dance Education Organization, and was a Content Area Coordinator for the NDEO Research in Dance Education Project funded through the US Department of Education. She has over fifteen journal publications and has presented at numerous
national and international conferences. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Committee of the National Arts Education Consortium, she co-wrote an interdisciplinary arts standards guide. In addition, she has led many in-service professional development projects for the implementation of Arts Standards in New York and New Jersey, as well as dance curriculum development projects in those states. Since 1998 she has been a consultant for the Education Department of the New York City Ballet, helping to design and evaluate several integrated school-based programs. Currently she serves as a consultant for the New Orleans Ballet Association to evaluate the integrated school-based curriculum.

Eeva Anttila received her Master of Arts in Dance from the University of California (1992) and her Doctor of Arts in Dance from the Theatre Academy in Finland (2003) where she was appointed Professor in the Department of Dance and Theater Pedagogy in 2006. Eeva has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities and has been an active member of Dance and the Child International since 1988 and is chair-elect for the coming session. As well as being involved in writing curriculums and researching education for many years Eeva is also a member of the Nordic Forum for Dance Research and active in the Finnish Dancers’ Union.




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