Artist instructors rely on their previous dance experience to transfer knowledge to their students. Artist Instructors in the dance world are also known as "dance masters." Artist Instructors have a well recognized level of dance experience in diverse mediums like theater, television and dance companies who specialize in touring.
Artist instructors may also be celebrity guests for dance studios and dance programs. The classes artist instructors teach are referred to as "master classes." Students and thespian dancers gain much from artist instructors, who teach a more advanced level of dance technique.
Artist Instructors in Dance
In order to transfer their dance knowledge, most artist instructors follow a pre-determined program of instruction that will cover most of the essential elements of dance on the advanced level. Ballet, tap, acrobatic dance, jazz and modern dance artist instructors prefer to focus their instruction on their personal dance experiences with master choreographers and dance coaches.
Ballroom dance, a popular dance art in the Toronto area, also offers master classes taught by artist instructors who have ballroom dance championship level experience.
Transfer of Dance Knowledge
The transfer of dance knowledge depends on the level of talent and dance skills of students. A master artist instructor may provide instruction exclusively to trained dancers. They transfer dance knowledge by using choreographed dance routines and series of dance steps that further develop a dancer's technique. In ballet, for example, the choreographed dance routines and steps may originate from traditional ballets. In ballroom, the choreographed dances provided by the artist instructor may have been part of the artist instructor's previous dance programs.
Artist Instructor Classes
Artist instructor classes generally begin with basic warm-up exercises. The next phase of these classes involves floor exercises and choreography. The artist instructor works with each dancer or dance couple, in the case of ballroom by pointing out proper technique of the arms, legs, torso and head. They explain the importance of maintaining proper body posture, rhythm, precision and timing. Generally, the artist instructor provides a choreographed routine as part of their transfer of knowledge. Artist instructors don't usually teach syllabus of a part type of dance. It is assumed that their students have advanced to a sufficient dance level to perform various dance steps and routines.