ChoreoCraft rediscovers and revives the aesthetic beliefs and theatre traditions of the ancient Greek philosophers. The firm foundation on which the ChoreoCraft method is based can be traced back to the teachings of Empedocles, Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras and others. The name of the method has been created by combining the Greek word chorea' (Choral dance) and the word 'craft' (skilled practice of a practical occupation) The name therefore implies "skill in the practice of making dances"
The 5 Classical Greek Elements relate to the 5 foundation Elements of the ChoreoCraft method. In addition the 2 ancient Greek ‘opposing forces’ relate to the 2 opposing Tools at the foundation of each ChoreoCraft Scale.
ChoreoCraft is a teaching method including a graduated syllabus to assist Primary, Secondary and University aged students in dance composition. By the simple rearrangement of the composition tools on a rotating Pyramid device or chart, a virtually unlimited number of choreographic assignments are possible.
ChoreoCraft aims to develop awareness in dance makers of the infinite possibilities inherent in dance composition techniques and to provide potential choreographers with the tools to assist in this process.
Integrating dance composition into teaching encourages dance students to be independent learners and to think and research more deeply. ChoreoCraft also aims to boost the quality of their work and increase their motivation levels.
The method can align with educational age levels from early Primary to Secondary & Tertiary. The syllabus is graded similar to a music syllabus enabling the first levels to be taught to any age group.
ChoreoCraft Syllabus levels
- ChoreoCraft – Foundation I
- ChoreoCraft – Foundation II
- ChoreoCraft – Intermediate
- ChoreoCraft – Advanced
- ChoreoCraft – Diploma
- ChoreoCraft Cursive - provides the syllabus in standard printed textbooks.
- ChoreoCraft Computer - enables the entire syllabus to be taught with multiple PC’s or a Laptop.
- ChoreoCraft Cell - enables the entire syllabus to be accessed on a personal mobile phone.
The Tools in the method are linked together with 5 colours based on the 5 classical Greek elements. This provides every Tool with a natural place in the system and an intuitive path to its foundation.
Fundamental to the method is the Classical Greek theatre methodology and the mathematical formulae of the ancient Greek philosophers, through the use of Pentagram guides and triangle scales.
ChoreoCraft uses music terminology as its universal language in the same way Classical Ballet uses the French language for its universal terminology.
The ChoreoCraft Tools have the same names and divisions as music notes —Whole, Half, Quarter and Eighth. As a result at every level, instruction naturally develops from single whole Tools to multiple eighth Tools.
The Tools are arranged into a series of Quartet and Octet Scales similar to music scales. Just as the notes in music scales graduate from base to treble the Tools in ChoreoCraft Scales graduate from light to heavy. Tool Scales can be practised to gain facility and skill in the use of various types of composition Tools, similar to music scales.
Uniquely ChoreoCraft Scales provide each Tool with a precise numerical value therefore the Tools employed are measurable. A special ChoreoCraft Tool Diversity Calculator enables teachers to award marks objectively for students dance compositions when required.
The ChoreoCraft Dance Notation system relates closely to Music notation and can be written on a musical stave below the music notes. Special symbols do not have to be learned as the letters of the alphabet are employed, (similar to ancient Greek music notation).
Especially designed Rotating Pyramids provide over 5000 dance composition assignments, while rotating disk charts enable students to uniquely hold their choreography in their hands!
Theatrically themed Puzzles and Games bring an element of "fun" to the learning process of the dance composition method. The Pentagram puzzle or a pack of ChoreoCraft pictorial cards enable students to uniquely hold their choreography in their hands!