Berlin Ballet Retreat with Holistic Ballet
Date: 25th - 29th July 2020
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: £400/ £350 if booked by 24th April 2020
I have all intentions of going ahead with the retreat. I am monitoring the COVID-19 situation.
Programme*: 2 hours class | 10-15 min break | 90-120 min classical repertoire | 20-30 min break | 50-60 min stretching
After last year's amazing experience, I am going to run the Holistic Ballet Berlin retreat again in July 2020.
The five days retreat is going to be very intense and really should be called a ballet activity week. I chose to hold it in Berlin, my birth town, where I grew up, went to ballet school and danced the first three years of my professional dance career.
The retreat is suitable for amateur dancers, pre-professionals, as well as dancers/teachers that are interested in working with the Holistic Ballet training framework.
Watch footage of the Berlin Ballet Retreat 2019
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.
After a small break to recharge, we are going to work on a classical ballet repertoire, the solo of Tchaikovsky pas de deux, one of my absolute favourite pieces that I danced during my career. There will be modifications for different levels and abilities. Closer to the time and once I received your payment, I am going to send you the password for the video tutorial that you can find below, next to the transcript of the choreography that you can print out. The more you familiarise yourself with the steps, the more you will get out of the workshop.
We will then take a slightly longer break before we complete the day. The last hour may be spent with a deep stretching routine for your mind to unwind and your body to deal well with the intensity of the week.
We may have one or two guest teachers that may be working with you the last session of the day. TBC
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.
And we will have one meal together one afternoon, that is included in the price.
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 are going to be published online and on social media.
an amazing group of participants
Is This Retreat Suitable For Me?
Although the retreat is open to advanced beginner to advanced intermediate students, you should have a certain level of understanding. The points made below may help you decide.
You do not need to master the movements but you should be able to follow.
At the barre:
battement tendu with demi-ronds
dégagé accent in
battement fondu with balance
battement frappé single & double
circle port de bras
lunge & penché
In the centre:
développé & promenade
tombé-pas de bourrée with pirouettes en dehors & en dedans
glissade-assemblé & jeté
The classes will be held at Dock 11, a restored old factory building that now houses two dance studios, a theatre and a café.
It is located in Kastanienallee (Chestnut Avenue), a street buzzing with cafés, restaurants and shops in Prenzlauer Berg, one of nicest neighbourhoods in former East-Berlin. It is also easily reached by public transport.
There are plenty of options for hotels and apartments near the studio. I am happy to coordinate if there are several of you who would like to share a rental apartment.
Perhaps check out a former school building next to Dock 11, where in fact my mother used to teach and I often accompanied her.
end of the ballet retreat, emotional good byes
Dock 11, Saal 1/ studio 1
There are two airports in Berlin, Tegel, served by British Airways, and Schönefeld, served by Ryanair and EasyJet.
Tegel is more central but Schönefeld may be better connected to the centre. I can help you with details on how you can get best to the city centre.
In my experience, British Airways can sometimes be the same price, or even less expensive than the Ryanair and EasyJet after you add all the extras, so it is worth checking.
Your ideal ballet break
You can also let me know how you imagine your ideal ballet break, e.g.:
• What would you like to work on during the classes?
• What else would you like to learn and practise?
• Would you like to have other activities organised, e.g. meals, theatre, sightseeing?
Send an email with your suggestions. All will be considered.