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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!
Hi there, I wanted to let you know about a course I have running this Summer and I hope I'm posting this in the correct section! From 14th to 18th August 2017 I will be running an intensive week of ballet classes designed for ADULT BEGINNERS. The classes will be held at our studio in Shalford, which is 5 minutes from Guildford, Surrey. We have a lovely studio with Harlequin flooring, ballet barres, mirrors and a large changing/waiting area. The timetable for the week is currently being finalised but will include a daily Pilates class, one or two ballet classes per day, a couple of Yoga classes during the week, a Jazz class if we can fit one in, and hopefully by the end of the week you'll have learned a piece of choreography to perform. This course is not suitable for anyone other than beginners and is restricted to 12 places only, so that you can get the most out of the week's tuition. Guildford is a great area with access to mainline rail links and the village of Shalford is very picturesque. There seems to be a lot of summer courses aimed at pre-vocational/vocational students so I wanted to provide a course for those that have always wanted to learn ballet but maybe thought they'd left it too late Please drop me an email if you're interested and I can send you more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me on 07946 363 556.
Has anyone tried the beginners ballet class at danceworks on a Tuesday at 4:30pm. Think it's taught by Christina-Maria Mittelmaier? Just wondering what people thought of the class and what level it was actually aimed at as open classes can be tricksy! Thanks!
I was reminded the other day that last year I'd been putting together something on what to expect if you're new to ballet, so thought I'd post it in case it's of use, and for comments and feedback. I'll put the various sections in separate posts (in no particular order) to make it easier if people want to add or comment. Noise If you’ve only ever seen ballet on the screen before, you’ll more than likely be surprised at the amount of noise dancers generate in real life. Not only can pointe shoes make quite a bit of noise tap-tapping against the stage (this seems to be particularly prevalent with Russian companies), but ballerinas aren’t actually quite as weightless as they appear. At times, for instance in Act II of Giselle, when the whole corps de ballet hops flatfooted across the stage in unison, the noise can be pretty loud. And the male dancers, who usually wear soft ballet slippers, don’t always land from jumps as quietly as they might, either. Plus you can often hear the sound of breathing quite clearly, especially if the dancer has just done something demanding. Not to mention voices from offstage (again, something you tend to find with Russian companies, for some reason).