Dance and Movement
The Dance and Movement program at the Kibbutzim College of Education certifies dance and movement teachers to work in kindergartens, elementary schools, secondary schools, continuing education frameworks and professional dance training courses. Celebrating its 31st anniversary this year, Kibbutzim College School of Dance is one of three institutions in Israel that certify dance and movement teachers.
Graduates of the program receive a BEd and a certificate for teaching dance in grades 1-12.
Since the program is located within a college of education, there is extensive focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of instruction, and student teaching is an integral part of the curriculum. The School is professionally committed to training dance teachers of the highest caliber, which necessitates an intensive academic and practical dance curriculum. The studies are accompanied by enrichment workshops where students meet leading professional dancers, artists, and teachers from the field of dance and movement in Israel.
Instruction is guided by an integrative cultural approach: students are encouraged to develop broad professional horizons, as dancers and creators of dance, dance researchers, and cultured individuals. Furthermore, they are expected to explore and establish their personal directions, according to their individual strengths and limitations. In doing so, each student integrates many areas of knowledge and paves his/her unique path as a teacher, dancer, artist, and educator.
The supportive learning environment enables students to develop and advance. In the spirit of the art, the students are expected to take advantage of the opportunities afforded them and to break boundaries of language, style, and body. They are also expected to take initiative, be constructive, and to assume responsibility for their progress.
The dance and movement program covers a wide range of dance styles: classical ballet, modern ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, contact improvisation and movement. In the composition courses, students create dance, produce performances, and execute them on a professional stage.
In addition to dance techniques, the program also includes theoretical studies in dance research, EWMN dance notation, Jewish and Israeli dance (a combination of tradition and Israeli culture within the multicultural society), dance history, music, body sciences, and technologies that combine video and computers with dance.
A professionally dedicated, and talented team of both experienced and new instructors who share the philosophy of the School ensures a high level of studies.
The structure of the program was developed according to the November 2006 guidelines of the Council for Higher Education for BEd programs. Ideologically, it is founded on cognitive pluralism (Eisner, 1994), preparing students as educators and artists who are proficient in the different types of dance and movement, and who can draw an audience that derives meaning from the rich diversity.
The curriculum provides a training framework that enables personal and professional development and improvement of performance abilities, through a broad education and investigation into the multicultural context of the artistic product. Moreover, it encourages personal involvement in Israel's multicultural community.