Saint Mary's College of California
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Weekly Reflection Paper No. 6 of 10
LEAP 198 Senior Project
Student Supervisor of the Glendale Community College
Survey of Dance Teaching Methodology Class
Weekly Reflection Paper No. 6
The Wednesday following the Dance Audition Workshop with Jim Keith and Jackie Sleight, Dora held a “round table” discussion with the students of the DANCE 107 class who had participated in the workshop. Hearing each of the students give their perspective about the experience they had in the workshop was as enjoyable as it was validating.
Many of the students who had not completed their Bio/Resume assignments conveyed how they now realize that working on their professional appearance on paper, is as important as important as working on their professional physical appearance in person. Several students took the initiative and asked me to take a look at their dance educator bio, resume, and pictures, as well as their performance bio, resume, and pictures. They not only wanted my opinion, they wanted to know what they could do to make them better.
Considering the resistance that Dora and I were receiving from the students in regards to the assignments we had given to help prepare the students for the audition workshop, and to begin work on their portfolios, it was great to see the students finally understanding the importance of going through the process that each assignment requires.
In addition to the students’ realization that their on-paper appearance needs some work, many students got the wake-up-call that they really needed to heed the advice we have been giving about taking dance classes outside of the comfortable confines of Glendale Community College. Several students expressed how they were “over their head” when it came to executing the simple across the floor exercises that they were given. Additionally, many students realized they needed quite a bit more work when it came to picking up choreography.
Thanks to observing the students as they participated in the workshop, and having to opportunity to hear about the students’ experiences afterwards, I now know the moments, hours, and days of frustration were definitely worth it. I am absolutely proud of the work I put into the Bio/Resume documents, and Bio/ Resume workshop. I presented to the class. With each week I become more aware of how much I enjoy mentoring young dancers. It is exciting to be a part of the process of helping these young dancers gain the tools they need to reach their goals.
Additionally, the discussion about the workshop with the students in the Dance Teaching Methodology class, lent the opportunity to steer the discussion towards how the workshop experience impacted the way they see themselves as current/future dance educators. During the discussion, some students began to understand how much they really do need to learn before they can consider teaching dance to anyone but young children.
It was during this time in the discussion that I suggested to Dora that we create an assignment for the students to interview a dance teacher outside of Glendale Community College so they can better understand what is necessary to be a competent dance educator. I am thrilled to inform you that Dora gave me the go-ahead to put something together. I’ll be working on that later today. But first, I have been given the exciting task to prepare a rubric for grading the rough drafts of the students’ portfolios that will be turned in later this week. J
I cannot wait to see how well the students do with their portfolio rough drafts. Their success will be a testament to the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into preparing each assignment, for the arrangement of the workshop, and for each discussion.
‘till next week! J