Dance - Theater
The Dance-Theater program at Kibbutzim College of Education School of Dance is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year. This is the only program in Israel that awards a BEd degree to dance-theater teachers.
This program is designed to certify dance-theater teachers working in various settings: kindergarten, elementary school, secondary school, continuing education and professional dance training. Graduates of the program receive a BEd and a teaching certificate for teaching dance-theater in grades 1-12.
The School is professionally committed to training high caliber dance-theater teachers. The studies are accompanied by enrichment workshops on relevant subjects, where students meet leading professional dancers, artists, and teachers from the field of dance and movement in Israel.
Instruction is guided by an integrated cultural approach: students are required to develop broad professional horizons, as dancers, actors and artists, as dance researchers and as cultured individuals. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop their own personal approach, taking into account their strengths and limitations. Professional growth, development and maturation result from self-study as well as from group experience.
To achieve these aims, we have designed an intensive and supportive learning environment that encourages students to break through traditional boundaries of language, style, and body. They are also expected to take the initiative, to be constructive, and to assume responsibility for their own progress.
The dance-theater program covers a wide range of styles and disciplines in theater and dance: dance-theater, acting, vocal pedagogy, classical ballet, modern ballet, contact improvisation and movement. In the dance-theater courses, students create dance, produce performances, and execute them on a professional stage.
In addition to dance techniques, the program also includes theoretical topics 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 dedicated and talented professional faculty who are committed to the unique philosophy of the School ensures a high level of studies.
The program was developed according to the guidelines of the Council for Higher Education for BEd programs. Ideologically, it is founded on cognitive pluralism (Eisner, 1994), preparing its students to become educators and artists who are proficient in the many 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.