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Instructional Format


UNIVERSAL UNIT SYSTEM® -

(1) A method of training dancers that emphasizes connecting the Dancer to the MUSIC - starting on lesson ONE. "The SYSTEM" concentrates on ELEMENTS of MUSIC and TIMING and ELEMENTS of MOVEMENT. (2) This "System" isolates the components and covers ALL forms of dance, Social level to Performance level. (3) This is the Trademark for the teaching system and system of ANNOTATION that is the basis for Certification through the Golden State Dance Teachers Association.


Mistalocks' instructional format is based on understanding dance through understanding music. The classes teach based on counting music to build your dance. Below is an example of how the Steppin' class is formatted.

Includes:

·         Counting  music

·         Understanding  a musical phrase

·         Introducing 8 beat footwork into your Steppin’

·         Connecting 6 beat figures

·          Using the 4 beat starter step

·         Choreographing a 32 beat phrase

·         Application and assessment

Counting Music

Steppin’ is danced to song s that are 4/4 time. The song we choose have the time of four quarter notes per measure.  The count of &a1&a2&a3&a4 is the equivalent one measure of music. The Odd numbers {1,3,5,7} are Down beats. The Even numbers {2,4,6,8} are Up beats. The &a ("AND" "A") is called a count; it seperates beats.

Understanding a Musical Phrase

 Our songs usually have a mini phrase that is two measures or 8beats. The phrase is a small musical thought that adds to the whole musical composition.

Introducing 8 Beat Footwork into Your Steppin’

Steppin’ patterns that are six beats of music finish in one & a half measures of music. Six beat patterns leave two beats left over at the end of the measure.  An eight beat dance pattern will complete a mini phrase. It can be dance repeatedly and fit the size of two measures. This will be the key to where your Steppin’ will expand to more 8 beat footwork patterns and 8 beat figures. We will use 32 beats of music as our phrase and 8 of the 32 beats will be footwork. The 24 beats left of will be four Steppin’ figures equaling six beats to each figure.

Connecting 6 beat figures

The six beat Steppin’ figures can be any skill level of Steppin’. They must be a good fit to allow the dance to transition smoothly from figure to the next while matching the music. The 24 beats phrase will be dedicated to our six beat patterns this will equal the same amount of time musical time as six measures or three mini-phrases. Combining the six & eight beat dance figures will allow us to choreograph our amalgamation.

Using the 4 Beat Starter Step

When starting our dance we should start at the top of the measure on the beat of one. Prior to starting our amalgamation will use a 4 beat starter step that will start on count of 5678. The starter step is used like a get ready set go. It helps establish the pace of the song which becomes the pace of the dance.

Choreographing a 32 Beat Phrase

It is time to put our dance to the music. The dance will tell a story that isn’t very long but can be expressed with a lot of thought and feeling. The eight beat pattern will be introduced first it will be used to measure all 32 beats of the phrase. The Steppin’ basic pattern will be next to layout the timing of the 24 beats that will follow the “eight beat” pattern introduced first. The figures used to make the amalgamation should flow seamlessly with music to make complete cycle that can be repeated every 32 beats. Once the “eight beat” pattern is placed into the music it will noticeably anchor the other patterns into place during the cycle of the music. This will allow the instructor to easily assess errors in the students’ performance.

  Application and Assessment

Once the 32 beat phrase amalgamation is complete the students must go through application of the choreography. The application will allow the instructor to assess the students’ ability to execute each individual figure of the choreography and to maintain the overall timing of the choreography. It would also allow instructors to watch the partner work between students. Each cycle of the amalgamation will allow the instructor to critique the students on different aspects of their individual dance and partnership. The assessment should be kept simple and follow the training procedures and structures the instructor has set for maintaining the quality of class.