Training Directors -- the serious version
Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:11 AM
If you were starting a university program to train artistic directors -- and executive directors -- what courses would you have?
Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:32 AM
Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:41 AM
Less immediately practical, but I'd want a good solid course on dance history.
Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:51 AM
It also would help in the administrative side as well.
Posted 06 January 2003 - 09:54 AM
For an executive director's course -- yes. Two years required ballet. Might weed a few of them out that way
Posted 06 January 2003 - 10:36 AM
Organizational Development (to include career development for the dancers as well as succession planning).
Leadership in Organizations: What it means to lead effectively across functional boundaries while energizing others to fulfill the vision.
Financial Management: What questions to ask when - important for board, donor and executive staff meetings.
Two that I had at GE:
Time Management and the Covey principles.
Leading Change - the Change Acceleration Process (Stakeholder analysis, communication planning and company culture issues).
Finally a course in philosophy so all learn the world is not only about them........
I think the dance history course is perfect. It should also include the intrigues during the tsarist and other royal sponsor times!! As well as the critical acclaim (or disclaim) through the ages and be required for executive directors also.
The 200 courses should include the various training methods as used by the directors for their ballets (Balanchine, Bournonville, and the Vaganova-Petipa connection from the 1920 - present). And for both AD and ED: the relationship of a school or tradition to contemporary (era not style) repertoire - choreography.
The 300 courses would focus on not repeating current history (lack of successors, Going where the culture will not want outsiders, putting bad trendy ballets on to sell tickets only to loose your loyal following, others?)
Posted 06 January 2003 - 10:41 AM
I'd add a course on Aesthetics, too. And perhaps the course with an awful title that's so necessary: "Dance Appreciation" And then a course on "Dance Aesthetics."
Posted 06 January 2003 - 10:51 AM
How to talk to people
And make them take an acting class so when none of the above work, they could at least fake it
Posted 06 January 2003 - 11:02 AM
Posted 06 January 2003 - 11:37 AM
One good example: Some smaller companies rehearse an entire cast when adding new people. as there is only one ballet master/mistress. At Joffrey we only rehearsed the new people, one at a time, and then brought everyone together at the end. This let the old guard work on new stuff and let the new guard work without everyone looking at them with stares that suggest they are not learning fast enough.
If one defines the art as a customer, then the quality control and customer defined design work. Seems more in tune than defining the public at large as the customer and defining your art to that.
Posted 06 January 2003 - 12:07 PM
Posted 06 January 2003 - 12:47 PM
Please add sexual harrasssment and diversity training - all those HR courses are needed.
Posted 06 January 2003 - 12:57 PM
Posted 06 January 2003 - 04:41 PM
That would also be taught by ex-ENRON, LYNCH or WORLDCOM executives? - Apologies to Alexandra, but I could not resist..
I think that's in that other university, the joke one
Does anyone teach ethics anywhere today?
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