The Merging of Art and Science is essential in Dance Education. Dance requires a unique synthesis of the science of human motion with the art of dance... (Dance Kinesiology by Sally Sevey Fitt, 1999)

Ballet is unique that it is not simply an athletic activity, but a performing art. It epitomizes grace and beauty. The dancer, like the athlete, needs a balanced amount of strength, joint flexibility, and muscular and cardiovascular endurance. Our Programme and Teaching Director, Miss Cecilia Chan recognizes that technique alone cannot prevent injury. Many dance movements demand muscular strength and flexibility beyond what technique class can build. In terms of its athletic demands, ballet requires full turnout of the lower extremities, flexibility of the joints, and strength within an extreme range of motion. Therefore, believes that conscious awareness of the science of motion can do much to facilitate excellence in performance and prevent injury. The science of human motion provides the dancer with essential information about the structure, function and achievement of optimal performance. By the way, they can avoid faulty execution of a movement and possible injury.

What distinguishes is our commitment to promote an awareness and the understanding as well as an appreciation of the art of dance. Miss Cecilia Chan finds her own methods of bringing her arts and exercise science knowledge into the dance studio. She thinks that a closed knowledge of the syllabus is insufficient for today's dance teachers in raising a new generation of young healthy dancers with high technical and artistic standard. Besides conveying the syllabus in an understandable manner, she also incorporates some other aspects of knowledge related to dance such as the use of anatomy, injury prevention and care, physical fitness, nutrition, and body conditioning into dance teaching to give both her students and herself another way of making dance practice more efficient and effective. This comprehensive knowledge will enable her students understanding and reacting quickly to her corrections, and thereby learning to analyse and correct their own faults themselves. The goals are to make the student a self-learner, and become kinesthetic awareness. Her teaching style emphasises using direct approach and demonstration as well as guided discovery and exploration. She will not only judge her students mainly on the correct execution of technique, but also the development of their mind and emotion, which plays an even more important part of teaching.

 


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