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Following the success of  the En cadence, s’il vous plait!  dance and music conference in Autumn 2012, the European Association of Dance Historians gladly announces its next conference, in collaboration with the RAD-Royal Academy of Dance

Teaching Dance History: Histories of Dance Teaching

Historical and pedagogical perspectives on Dance

Saturday 1st

Royal Academy of Dance, London

36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA

The conference provides a forum for two different lines of enquiry and potential conversations between them. The first concerns the challenges in teaching dance history in a variety of learning contexts (secondary education, higher education, vocational training, teacher training, community dance, etc.). How do we, as teachers, choose what to teach and how do we engage today’s students in the historiographical process? Given the fundamental challenges of postmodernism, what ‘narratives’ are to be included in a dance history curriculum and how do we promote history as both theory and practice?

The second line of enquiry concerns the historical development of dance teaching and the economic, social, cultural and artistic contexts which shape concepts of education, training and learning. How do we know that what we do today is ‘best practice’ and what can be learned by looking at dance education and teaching models from the past?



Registration and Coffee


Welcome speech by Michelle Groves, Dean of the Faculty of Education,

Royal Academy of Dance


Session 1

Panel Chair: Madeleine Inglehearn

- Historical Dance in Russia (Elena Tarasova)

- Who Said Elephants Can’t Dance (Mary Collins)

Panel Discussion


Coffee/Tea Break


Session 2

Panel Chair: Sheila Dickie

- Dancing By Able Masters (Madeleine Inglehearn)

- Lessons From Louis Bonin (Edith Lalonger)

- Quarrelling Brothers: the establishment of the Académie Royale de Danse and changes in dance teaching (Ricardo Barros & Nicolette Moonen)

Panel Discussion


Lunch (not provided)


Session 3:

Panel Chair: Ricardo Barros

- Mothering English Ballet: women dance teachers and the maternal imaginary (Carol Martin)

- Teaching Dance in England a Century Ago (Sheila Dickie)

- Marius Petipa as Pupil and Dance Teacher (Sergey Konaev)

Panel Discussion


Coffee/Tea Break


Session 4:

- Practical Workshop 'Amidst mouvements and retakes: reconciling dance and music' (Ricardo Barros & Nicolette Moonen)




Annual General Meeting (Members only)

Conference fees: £15 for members, £35 for non-members (including one year membership)

More  information on eadhcommittee@gmail.com

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