Lesson plan: student teaching with David Dorfman.A residency A duration of stay required by state and local laws that entitles a person to the legal protection and benefits provided by applicable statutes.
States have required state residency for a variety of rights, including the right to vote, the right to run for public office, the with cutting-edge modern dance choreographer cho·re·o·graph
v. cho·re·o·graphed, cho·re·o·graph·ing, cho·re·o·graphs
1. To create the choreography of: choreograph a ballet.
2. David Dorfman might seem like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any aspiring dancer. But the experience proved equally life changing for future dance teachers during an innovative project in Arizona.
In January 2004, Phoenix's Arcadia High School Arcadia High School may refer to:
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ASU Australian Services Union students would help to land a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and she was right. She also thought the college members would learn new teaching methods, but she never guessed how deeply their pedagogy would be influenced.
From the first day in the studio, Dorfman worked in revelatory ways. He led the dancers in guided warm-ups using improvisation improvisation
Creation of music in real time. Improvisation usually involves some preparation beforehand, particularly when there is more than one performer. Despite the central place of notated music in the Western tradition, improvisation has often played a role, from the , employing key words like "lengthening lengthening (lengkˑ·the·ning),
n the use of various massage or muscle energy techniques to relax and stretch muscle and connective tissue. " and "folding." He asked the dancers to contribute creatively to the piece by writing poems or drawing pictures, and let them choose the theme (segregation). Instead of using counted phrases, he led the dancers in performing related movements with different timings, and rather than having the dancers audition for parts, he arranged their improvisations into a 20-minute work, Here, that let each of them shine.
High school kids who had had little or no experience improvising were soon sharing their feelings with boldness, moving in deeply personal ways instead of copying steps from the latest Britney Spears video. For Dorfman, it was just another day in the studio. "I walk into the room regarding everyone as collaborators," he said from his office at Connecticut College Connecticut College is a coeducational private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. It is located on the Thames River, on which the College's crew and sailing teams practice. , where he is now on faculty. "I teach almost the same style of class to beginning as to advanced students. The idea is that we're in this together--we need to make mistakes; we don't need to be perfect."
That idea of positive reinforcement positive reinforcement,
n a technique used to encourage a desirable behavior. Also called
positive feedback, in which the patient or subject receives encouraging and favorable communication from another person. was what most struck Marlene Strang, an ASU senior who danced in the new work and made researching the Dorfman residency her graduating thesis. "He would never say, 'Susie, that's the wrong foot,'" Strang recalled. "He'd say, 'Let's try it another way.' It's critical, because how many times as dancers do we hear, 'No, that's wrong'?" Instead, Dorfman's favorite phrase was "What if ..."
Mila Parrish, the assistant professor of dance at ASU who co-designed the project and collaborated with Strang on research, was thrilled to see her future dance teachers find such a role model. "It was an opportunity to put educational theory into practice," she said. "David made a commitment to create life in this moment instead of turns and big kicks, which are usually part of the mind-set of high school dance." In a state that requires each high school to have one or two full-time dance teachers, Parrish is confident that her ASU students will get jobs and that Dorfman's example will prove inspiring.
But not everyone was ready for Dorfman's style of creativity. Though audiences at the community premiere of Here clapped wildly, the high school students' peers responded with boos during a performing-arts assembly. Several of the dancers were heartsick heart·sick
Profoundly disappointed; despondent.
heartsick , but Dorfman was indignant. He talked back to the audience, prompting the school officials to reform their assembly rules and winning the gratitude of both the high school and college-age dancers.
Dorfman said he acquired his positive leadership attitude from his own teachers, including Daniel Nagrin Daniel Nagrin (born May 22, 1917) is an American modern dancer, choreographer, teacher, and author.
Nagrin was born in New York City and studied with Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Hanya Holm, and Helen Tamiris whom he later married. , who taught him to be "a thinking dancer," and Kei Takei, whom Dorfman recalls saying, "Beautiful performance, everybody," after every show, no matter the mistakes. "The idea that we're people is so important," he said. "I did a lot of athletics in high school, and I hated nasty coaches. We're told that if you're positive you can't also demand, but that's just not true."
Now his methods have been passed down to a new generation of teachers. A few months after dancing in Here, Marlene Strang began student teaching in another Arizona high school. "I used a lot of his techniques," she said. I'd say, 'I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. the arms; can somebody show them to me?' I used student feedback, and my students were a lot more devoted to their projects. I used a lot of improvisation. And I told them, 'Try the left foot.' It's so effective."
Rachel Howard writes about dance for the San Francisco Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. The paper grew along with San Francisco to become the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the . She has a memoir forthcoming from Dutton in July.