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Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Learning In Ballet

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Slovenian school system which also includes learning ballet was stopped overnight. Learning ballet is held by music schools and the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Maribor and Ljubljana. Until now distance learning ballet seemed impossible. Teaching and learning through the zoom application is, in given circumstances, in which Slovenian pupils and students are not allowed to acquire knowledge in appropriate institutions for schooling, the only learning opportunity, which in no way ensures a long-term appropriate way of schooling. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning through the perspective of teaching styles, learning strategies, and the Midway model in dance education. The methodology is based on linking pedagogical practice with the professional literature, referring to the works of Lorne Sanders, David Carr, Muska Mosston, Sara Ashworth, Graham McFee, and Jacqueline Smith-Autard. The findings, based on the observation of distance learning in practice, show social inequality, inappropriate and inadequate conditions for dancing at home among pupils. Isolation of students seems to become a reality of distance schooling. In the given circumstances, a ballet teacher needs different knowledge and competencies, for which, despite his efforts, it is impossible to avoid the fact that ballet schooling is put to the test of its existence.

Martina Svetina


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