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Berlin Ballet Retreat with Holistic Ballet

-Divertimento No 15-

 

Date:   30th July - 3rd August 2023

Time:  10am - 3pm (25 hours in total)

Level:  minimum 1-year regular ballet training to intermediate/advanced

Address: Dock 11, Kastanienallee 79, 10435 Berlin

Cost: £460

Once you booked, I will send you an invoice, once I received your payment, your place will be confirmed. We can discuss payment plans if needed.

Before making your payment, please read the terms and conditions.

Programme*:

2 hours class |  2 hours classical repertoire | 30 min stretching | short and medium breaks in between

*this is a very approximate schedule

 

After our amazing experience in 2019 and a long three years wait, I am beyond excited to be able to run our next Holistic Ballet Berlin retreat in July/ August 2022. 

Read the account of one of the students that attended the ballet retreat here.

The five days retreat is going to be very intense and fun. Holding the retreat in Berlin, my birth town, where I grew up, went to ballet school and danced for the first three years of my professional dance career, is very special to me and I believe that shows in the atmosphere we will create together.

The retreat is suitable for amateur dancers, pre-professionals, as well as dancers/teachers that are interested in working within the Holistic Ballet training framework.  

Berlin Ballet Retreat 2023

You may also be interested in the pilates flow classes that I will be teaching at the b12 Festival in Berlin: 27th - 30th July, 17:30-19:00. You would need to apply via their website b12.space

What to expect

 

This is going to be an intense 5-days programme. I understand that not everyone can train for up to 5 hours each day. Some will thrive whilst others will have to pace themselves a bit more and there will be room for each person.

 

  • warm-up & class

A typical day will begin with a warm-up followed by an extended class where we can take much more time with difficult movements than in a regular 60 or 90 minutes class. 

 

  • classical repertoire 

After a short break to recharge, we are going to work on a classical ballet repertoire, which will be the finale of  George Balanchine's Divertimento No. 15 this year. I was very fortunate to dance this piece in school and found it a great joy to dance!

Copy & paste this link into your browser to watch it performed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niO9Gyhxh_A&ab_channel=TheKennedyCenter

We will slow it down for us quite a bit and there will be stark modifications (simplifications!) for our levels and abilities. Closer to the time and once I received your payment, I am going to provide a video tutorial so you can familiarise yourself with the steps ahead of time. The more you familiarise yourself with the steps, the more you will enjoy the workshop.​

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Divertimento No 15, State Ballet School Berlin, 1992

  • deep stretching 

Depending on time, the last hour may be spent with a deep stretching routine for you to unwind mentally and physically, so you can enjoy not only our workshop but also the city of Berlin.

  • guest teacher 

We may have a teacher, depending on availability, that may be working with us for one session.

 

  • free time

The afternoons and evenings are free for you to rest and to explore Berlin's street life and culture. If there is interest, I am happy to organise activities or help you to create your own itinerary. 

Once you booked, I will add you to a Berlin Retreat WhatsApp group, unless you tell me you do not want to be added.

We will have one meal together one afternoon after the workshop, which is inclusive of your booking.

 

As places on this retreat are limited, each participant will receive individual attention so that you are going to leave not with great memories but also with the feeling of having progressed in your technique and with tools for further improvement.

Please also note that pictures and videos will be taken during the retreat that will be published online and on social media.

Holistic Ballet Retreat

an amazing group of participants, 2019

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