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For those who may be interested, Danceworks are once again running an Improvers Ballet Course for adults taught by Dmitri Gruzdev, who has formerly played leading roles in the English National Ballet and partaken in several touring works during his extensive dance career. The course is aimed at those who have attended ballet classes in the past, such as beginner or other improvers classes, and are looking to improve their level towards intermediate. Students may have attended ballet classes, a beginners course or another improvers course in the past. Each class will consist of barre and centre work, improving placement and posture, building up strength and flexibility and learning new steps. The course will run from 21st August - 9th October 2018, every Tuesday from 18:30-20:00. Minimum age is 18, open to both men and women. For more information on the course, Dmitri or to book, click here. For more on all things ballet and dance on our general website, click here. Thank you for reading, have a lovely day!
I have been reading many 'old' ballet books from maybe 50 years ago, and just wondered what happened to ballet between then and now, specifically ballet training. The average age to start dancing was at about 11, they worked at their local ballet schools for at most 10 hours a week, and then got jobs in companies at age 16? They still danced absolutely beautifully (Antoinette Sibley, Margot Fonteyn, Tamara Karsavina etc) and so I am wondering what happened, as nowadays the average is starting dance at 2 and vocational school at 11 before getting a job at 19? Also, why did the ideals change so drastically? Turnout of 45 degrees to 90 degrees, maximum height of 5 foot 6 to minimum height of 5 foot 6? Banana feet and hyper extension suddenly being very important? I don't understand really