CRYSTALIZING THE EVANS’ PEDAGOGY
In 2017, William (Bill) Evans invited Daniela Wancier and Melissa Hauschild-Mork to teach a pedagogy class at his summer institutes entitled: Embodying the Fundamentals of BETI Pedagogy. Upon discussion regarding content for the class, it was decided to begin articulating the essence of the BETI Pedagogy. Therefore, Wancier and Mork unearthed their past research regarding this topic and embarked upon a much lengthier process of content analysis. With the assistance of Mork’s Spring 2017 dance pedagogy class at South Dakota State University, the team embarked upon months of content analysis using data gathered from their own research along with conference presentations, articles, video, and personal interviews provided by Evans. Over the course of many work sessions, themes evolved from the analysis. These themes clarified the distinct values that overarch the BETI ‘pedagogy’ and support the ‘technical development’ of an Evans’ dancer.
During Summer 2017, Wancier and Mork ‘unveiled’ their findings at BETI conferences in both Las Cruces and Geneva as well as at the Certified Teachers Retreat in Fort Warden. The BETI FIVE (with lack of a better title for now) currently include:
2) HONORING UNIQUENESS
3) UNIFYING BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT: DANCE AS AN EXPERIENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT
4) SEEKING CLARITY and
5) CULTIVATING COMMUNITY.
At all conferences, participants shared their lived experience in the Evans’ work. This input helped clarify strategies certified Evans teachers use in the classroom to uphold these values. In addition, personal and social outcomes regarding each tenet were also discussed. The data gathered from participants at these conferences will be analyzed to support teaching strategies and learning outcomes within the BETI Pedagogy Framework. These findings will be revealed at a later date.
In a time of constant change and flux – this pedagogy is meaningful, pertinent, and relevant. As the research continues, we hope to articulate why... in order to advocate for quality dance education for all people of all ages using the work that William Evans has spent the whole of his life investigating and cultivating.
Evans Dance Technique
Discover and celebrate being fully alive, and dance with body, mind and soul connectivity. Over the past forty years, this movement practice and art form has positively transformed thousands of lives, inside and outside the dance studio.
We believe that the Evans Technique is more relevant than ever at this point in the 21st century. Evans Somatic Dance invites people to explore personal uniqueness as they engage with the whole of themselves and become empowered through a contextual understanding. It encourages internal awareness, movement efficiency and a healthful regenerative way of dancing. It cultivates and celebrates community. It helps our students generate knowledge and develop skills that will help them cope with the increasingly rapid changes they will encounter.