Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier recently released her first book, Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer (Routledge 2018). The book offers a practical new approach to teaching ballet.
Creative Ballet Teaching draws on the fields of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (L/BMA), dance pedagogy, human development and somatic education to explore how ballet teachers can foster a dynamic environment of learning, curiosity and creativity. The book also introduces innovative approaches for teachers to encourage students to not only refine their technique, but to better understand themselves as dancers and inform technique with their own personalities and styles.
In the book, Whittier includes sample lesson plans, class exercises, movement explorations and journal writing activities specifically designed for teachers to help bring these ideas into the studio and classroom. Additionally, a complementary online manual, Creative Ballet Learning, provides students with tools for development, self-assessment and reflection.
The book is now available in the HWS College Store and also features a cover image by HWS Chief Photographer Kevin Colton.
Whittier, who joined the HWS faculty in 2000, teaches a variety of courses focused on ballet and contemporary dance technique, L/BMA, kinesiology and community arts. She also serves as director and core faculty for Integrated Movement Studies, an organization based in California and Utah that offers training in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. In 2016, she was awarded the Colleges’ annual faculty prize for teaching.
Whittier has presented and written about the integration of L/BMA theories and classical ballet pedagogy in national and international conferences/journals.
She received her MFA and BFA in ballet from the University of Utah, and her CLMA from Integrated Movement Studies. Whittier is regularly involved with the Arts Experience Festival and served as artistic director and choreographer of the annual Finger Lakes Dance! from 2008-2011.