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Beginner Ballet Solo Workshop: Paquita "Vestalka" variation 

Date:  27th May 2024

Time: 10:30-13:30

Level: beginner (min of 6-12 months years regular ballet classes) 

Where: online

Cost: £55.00 

Programme*: 10:30-11:30 warm-up barre | break | 11:40-12:25 learning the solo | break | 12:35-13:30 solo practise

*approximal guideline

This workshop is aimed at beginner ballet students who rarely get a chance to learn a solo at their skill level.

We are going to learn one of the lesser-known Paquita variations, Vestalka. I discovered it while searching for a suitable solo that is adaptable to beginner-level and small spaces, and found it very beautiful with lyrical port de bras and elegant footwork. Copy and paste this link to watch it:  and this 9-year old dancer's version:

The steps will be simplified to an achievable level and spaced in a way that you can get a feel of rehearsing and dancing a solo in the confined space of your home. 

Pre-study Video

One week before the workshop, I will send a pre-study video to all the participants who have booked their place so that they can familiarise themselves with the choreography.

While it is not necessary for you to know all the steps in advance, being familiar with them can enhance your experience on the day of the workshop.

However, please note that once you have booked and received the pre-study video link, I won't be able to offer any refunds in case you cannot attend.

What To Expect

We begin the workshop with a warm-up barre leading us to a brief centre work that prepares elements of the solo.

After a short break, we start learning systematically:

  1. learning the choreography with a focus on the legs

  2. adding the arms/ port de bras

  3. musicality

  4. performance aspects

The recording of the workshop will be made available for two weeks after the workshop so you can continue to work on the solo in your own time or learn with the recordings if you cannot join us live.

If you cannot wait, check out my previous Beginner Solo Workshops.

Who Is The Workshop For

As a guideline, I recommend that you have at least six to 12 months of weekly ballet training. You may

• be new to learning a ballet piece

• find other workshops too fast to follow

• less agile 

I expect you to:

• struggle with memorising unfamiliar sequences 

• perhaps getting frustrated when trying to learn a ballet piece

• love to experience the feeling of dancing a 'real ballet piece' but it is just so overwhelming

This piece is a traditionally female part, however, if you are a male ballet student and would like to join, you are very welcome too.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions or you are unsure whether the workshop is suitable for you, please get in touch.

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