Somatic Practice for Adult Ballet Dancers

Location: Pilates Plus
1210 South Gilbert Street, Suite 104-105

Recently Started Classes

Fall Session 2018

Registrations will be accepted in the order tuitions are paid and are not transferable.

  • Tuesday: LEVEL 2
    (Continuing level class, or for students taking ballet multiple times per week)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):
August 21-December 11, 2018 (no class November 20 for Thanksgiving recess).

Tuition: $375 if paid by Tue, Jul. 31, 2018. $400 thereafter.
$36/drop-in class (available if the class doesn't fill).

Refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to Aug. 14, 2018. No refunds after this date.

  • Wednesday: LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2
    (Mixed level beginner's class)

6:20-7:35 (75 minutes):
August 22-December 12, 2018 (no class Nov. 21 for Thanksgiving recess).

Tuition: $375 if paid by Wed, Aug. 1, 2018. $400 thereafter.
$36/drop-in class (available if the class doesn't fill).

Refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to Aug. 15, 2018. No refunds after this date.

Class Description

Drawing on my background in dance kinesiology and classical ballet pedagogy I design classes specifically for adult learners. Each day I bring a contemporary approach to richly musical classical exercises, illuminating the muscular engagement and alignment that bring about ballet movement in the body. Working from the inside out in this way, students do not merely recite the shapes and steps of ballet, but practice how to move with accuracy adhering to sound principles of anatomy and pure classical style.

Class typically begins on the floor (often barefoot), with exercises designed to locate and strengthen the muscles of the inner thighs, abdomen, and pelvic floor, as well as the intrinsic muscles of the feet. This activity is called Floor Barre, a term coined to describe the various methods ballet masters have developed to help professional classical dancers improve their technique, line, and career longevity. Then, in exercises standing at the barre and center (wearing ballet slippers), students work to apply these principles to their movement in the ballet vocabulary.

The time we spend in each section will vary, but with the following goals for an 75-minute class: floor, approximately 20-25 minutes, barre, approximately 30 minutes, center approximately 20-25 minutes including 6-8 minute closing ritual, in which we massage the soles of the feet, focus attention on alignment, and create internal connections and spaces.

Daily instruction and feedback from me will vary, including carefully crafted imagery to appeal to the senses, anatomical references to clarify mechanics, and gentle humor to remind that there must be joy in the process. As a student, your responsibility is to strive to maintain focus, let go of unnecessary tension, and make the most out of each exercise.

These classes are intended for students who are beginning to intermediate level dancers, or who have  experience with Floor Barre technique or with ballet-related somatics or imagery. Anyone can benefit from the practice though, from absolute novice to seasoned professional.

What questions do you have? Send me an email at the address below.

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