Csaba Buday is lecturer in contemporary dance and resident choreographer for the dance discipline in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, Brisbane, Australia. Csaba has had an extensive career as a performer, choreographer and teacher spanning over 31 years. He as choreographed a total of 41 major works that have been presented in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA. Between 2000 and 2003 Csaba held the position of Artist-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Csaba graduated from QUT with a Master of Arts (Research) and the Australian Ballet School with a Diploma (Dance).
Many forms of formative feedback are used in dance training to refine the dancer’s spatial and kinaesthetic awareness in order that the dancer’s sensorimotor intentions and observable danced outcomes might converge. This paper documents the use of smartphones to record and playback movement sequences in ballet and contemporary technique classes. Peers in pairs took turns filming one another and then analysing the playback. This provided immediate visual feedback of the movement sequence as performed by each dancer. This immediacy facilitated the dancer’s capacity to associate what they felt as they were dancing with what they looked like during the dance. The often-dissonant realities of self-perception and perception by others were thus guided towards harmony, generating improved performance and knowledge relating to dance technique. An approach is offered for potential development of peer review activities to support summative progressive assessment in dance technique training.