Issues of Integration in European and Spanish Dance Curricula and in American Dance Curricula: Case Comparisons

By Tricia Young, Jennifer Atkins, Nelida Mones i Mestre, Carmen Gimenez Morte and Paloma Torres.

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This panel will compare and contrast various curricular models in dance degree programs in Europe, Spain, and the Florida State University (FSU) in the United States. Nelida Mones, Ph.D., will discuss the differences between the two primary curricular models in northern and southern Europe. Carmen Gimenez, Ph.D., will discuss recent developments in Spain, which have accredited Conservatory programs in dance (as well as in design, theater, music, ceramics, and glass making). Dr. Mones and Dr. Gimenez will address the forthcoming codification of names of European Union course titles to be implemented in 2010-2011 with the intention of unifying EU curricula. They will talk about the challenges facing institutions as a result of this process and the curricular fragmentation that separates the practical, theoretical, and pedagogical. Tricia Young, Ph.D., will discuss the MA in American Dance Studies, implemented at Florida State University (FSU) in 2001, and developed to enhance students’ education by creating and maintaining fluidity between history, theory, and the practice of dance. Jennifer Atkins, Ph.D., will discuss two programs within the FSU Department of Dance: First, the Maggie Allysee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and second, “FSU in NYC” that provide students actual opportunities to experience, first-hand, an integrated approach to the practice, history, and administration of dance, which establishes professional working relationships between the university students and the professional dance world. The panel will be moderated by Ester Vendrell, Ph.D.

Keywords: Curriculum, Dance, Pedagogy, Europe, Spain, America, Theory, History, Practice

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.405-420. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.385MB).

Dr. Tricia Young

Professor, Department of Dance, College of Visual Arts and Dance, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Tricia Henry Young, Ph.D. is Professor of Dance History and Director of the American Dance Studies program at Florida State University She received her Ph.D. from New York University in Performance Studies, and has published and lectured on dance throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Young is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), and has served as a reviewer for the Fulbright Senior Scholars Program and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). She currently serves on the editorial board of CORD and the University Presses of Florida.

Jennifer Atkins

Teacher, USA

Jennifer Atkins, Ph.D. earned her M.A. in American Dance Studies and her Ph.D. in History from Florida State University. She teaches dance history, theory, research, and tap technique, as well as a specially designed course in conjunction with the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). Dr. Atkins’ interest in dance history includes research into Progressive Era social dance, hippies, and the dance practices of her hometown, New Orleans.

Nelida Mones i Mestre

Independent Scholar, Spain

Nelida Mones i Mestre studied dance, art history and journalism in Barcelona. She undertook postgraduate work in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey, UK; earned her M.Phil. specializing in Dalcroze Education in Catalonia at Barcelona’s Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF); and her Ph.D. in Dance Related Studies at the, University of the Arts, Barcelona (UAB). Dr. Monés i Mestre is an independent scholar who offers special classes and seminars in Spanish universities and presents research papers internationally in Europe and the United States. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS), and is an author of the chapter on Spain in Europe Dancing, Routledge, 2000.

Carmen Gimenez Morte

Professor, Conservatorio Superior de Danza, Valencia, Spain

Carmen Gimenez Morte earned a pedagogy degree in Dance at the Ministerio de Education y Ciencia (MEC), and a Ph.D. in Aesthetics Related to Dance from the University of Valencia (UV). She has been a teacher at various state schools in Spain since 1984, and is currently a Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza, Valencia (CSD). Dr. Jiménez Morte has published books and articles related to dance, and is currently a board member in dance at MEC.

Paloma Torres

PALOMA TORRES: Master en Comunicació i Critica de l’Art; Llicenciada en Història de l’Art; Formació Acadèmica en Dansa, Royal Academy of Dance; Advanced II Royal Academy of Dance; Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, Royal Academy of Dance; Gestió Producció i Management de companyies professionals: Camut Band, Adeshoras i Fundación Angel Corella; Ballarina amb la companyia M3 Dansa i Performer amb Drastikoh; Produccions a Tecla Sala: “Les estances de la Metàfora”; Creació de diversos projectes propis: Cia Anas Barbarie; Critica de Dansa a les revistes: LeCool, Dansa en Escena i Lambda; Collaboradora amb Los Libros de Dansa s.l., i Mahali, editorial d’Arts Escèniques.


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