Workshops and seminars introducing dance teachers to anatomy-based pedagogical strategies that facilitate efficient movement
conducted by Jean-Marie Martz
As an alternative to the traditional, apply-your-body-to-ballet teaching approach, Functional Ballet Pedagogy presents insights into the inner workings of the locomotor system in order to conciliate aesthetic preferences and technical goals with anatomical realities.

The courses' objective is to offer the ballet instructor problem-solving skills to be used when confronted with students' physical limitations, morphological issues or inefficient movement patterns.

The course material is adaptable to the needs, requests, and concerns of the participants, and features lectures, demonstrations, and ballet classes covering four areas:
Anatomy/Kinesiology
An overview of the muscular-skeletal system and its movement potential from a dance perspective: structure, function and aesthetic considerations. View Topics for a selection of the subjects covered.
Ballet Technique
Ballet classes as the framework for the practical applications of the anatomy/kinesiology material.
Conditioning
Exercises and movement sequences to improve passive and active range of motion and prevent injuries.
Movement Repatterning
Demonstrations of the manual facilitation of efficient movement in order to liberate the skeleton from counter-productive muscular constraints.

In light of the extraordinary demands contemporary choreography makes on the movement potential of the human body, Functional Ballet Pedagogy will help dance educators refine their teaching methods with regard to their students' immediate individual needs and future longevity as dancers.



Jean-Marie Martz holds a Ballet Master Diploma from the Association Française des Maîtres de Danse Classique in Paris. During his 30-year career as a ballet instructor he has taught at the Centre International de la Danse in Paris, Colorado Ballet in Denver, Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, University of California, Riverside, and as a guest internationally. After studying ballet in France at the Fédération Française de Danse Classique and in England at the Legat School of Russian Ballet, he performed in Germany with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Munich Ballet.

He subsequently pursued his interest in modern dance in New York at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Merce Cunningham Studio, and studied dance kinesiology with Dorothy Vislocky. His studies in somatic movement modalities have included the Body-Mind Centering® certification program and the Feldenkrais® Method. Presently based in Los Angeles, Jean-Marie has conducted anatomy-based ballet pedagogy workshops internationally for organizations such as the Theatre School in Amsterdam, the Chichester Institute of Higher Education in England, the Royal Academy of Dance in Mexico City, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, and the European League of Institutes of the Arts.

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