Ballet Progression and RPM Principles
In today’s fast paced world of the internet with images of younger and younger dancers doing multiple pirouettes, tricky jumps and exhibiting hyper flexibility, it is hard to emphasize the importance of correct technique, musicality, and age (and skill level) appropriate ballet practice to dance students excited to accomplish everything here and now. As dance teachers, how and what are you putting emphasis on in your ballet training? Do you focus on how many turns or how high to jump before you focus on the “how to move correctly and safely”?
Do you have a system for teaching different abilities, ages and bodies? And do you ever get frustrated when students don’t seem to be progressing?
The RPM Teachers Training Program outlines perfectly how to convey to your students at all levels the importance of postural alignment, forward placement, correct rotation, and applicable movement and energy patterns in executing steps from class to repetoire. RPM syllabus has level by level benchmarks that teachers use to gauge whether students are physically ready to advance to the next class safely. Teaching this method beginning in pre-ballet, instills RPM: Revolutionary Principals of Movement’s concepts in the student’s mind and body, so by the time they are intermediate students, these concepts have become second nature and instinctive. RPM is all about the idea of how to connect the steps through weight transfer and laws of motion (principles of movement) using energy patterns, therefore students are not stagnantly hitting one position before going to the next. The student achieves a true feeling of free movement (dance) all the while working on her/his technique.
I have always found when hitting a road block in a dance student’s training, that if I go back to the basics and really apply RPM’s Principles of Movement to the ballet technique problem at hand, it never fails to solve the issue.