Somatic Practice for Adult Ballet Dancers

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

Spring Break Walk-in Classes

Tuesday March 19, 7:35-8:50 pm and Wednesday March 20, 6:20-7:35 pm
Mixed level. $25/class.

Current Classes

Spring Session 2019

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

  • Tuesday: LEVEL 2
    (Continuing level and above)

7:35-8:50 pm (75 minutes):
January 15-April 30, 2019 (no class March 19 for spring break).

Tuition: $375 for early-bird registrations by Tuesday, December 18, 2018. $400 thereafter.
$36/drop-in class (available only if the class doesn't fill).

Refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to January 8, 2019. No refunds after this date.

  • Wednesday: LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2
    (Mixed beginning and continuing levels).

6:20-7:35 pm (75 minutes):
January 16-May 1, 2019 (no class March 20 for spring break).

Tuition: $375 for early-bird registrations by Wednesday, December 19, 2018. $400 thereafter.
$36/drop-in class (available only if the class doesn't fill).

Refunds (less $75 administrative fee) for cancellations prior to January 9, 2019. 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.

For more information on coaching, guest teaching, or to enroll in a class, contact: