Easter Ballet Course 2018
- Les Sylphides -
Dates: 30th March- 2nd April 2018
Time: 10am- 1pm (Fri, Sat), 10am-12pm (Sun), 10am-2pm (Mo)
Level: advanced beginner to intermediate/ advanced
Canada Water Studios (Fri, Mo), Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7BW
The Place (Sat, Sun), 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC1H 9AT
You can pay using the BOOK NOW button or Mobile Phone Banking (PayM), via online bank transfer, in cash, or by cheque. By making a payment, you agree to the terms & conditions
Les Sylphides, also known as Chopiniana, is one of my favourite ballet pieces because of the mood it emanates. Without a story and decor but a 'moon lit' stage, it is pure beautiful dance that ask the dancers to transmit deep emotions and allows the audience to add their own imagination.
The piece choreographed by Mikhail Fokine in 1907 for the Mariinsky Theatre to music by Frédéric Chopin, was premiered as 'Rêverie Romantique: Ballet sur la musique de Chopin'.
In this Easter Ballet Course, we are going to work on the Nocturne, the beginning of the ballet, and the more advanced students will also study parts of the soloists.
Les Sylphides, Valse-solo, State Ballet School Berlin, ca. 1988
Les Sylphides requires a certain style, not only is is 'romantic' but also very particular with its head, neck, and arm positions. The leg work is challenging yet the upper body and port de bras must be extremely light, giving the illusion of ethereal beings.
In ballet school, I danced in the corps at first and then got the wonderful part of the pas de deux, which I absolutely loved even when at 16 years old, I was too shy to look at my rehearsal partner who was 18 or 19 years old. Luckily, in the end I performed with someone my own age.
Unfortunately, I have no photographs of me dancing Les Sylphides, only memories. Therefore, the pictures you see here are from students of my school three and four years above me.
Les Sylphides, pas de deux State Ballet School Berlin, ca. 1988
Transcript of the Nocturne for everyone.
Transcript of the Valse-solo for everyone the more advanced students
Les Sylphides-Nocturne tutorial, password required
Les Sylphides-Valse tutorial, password required
Once I received your payment, you will get a link for the video tutorials so you can prepare yourself for the course.
If you have questions or you are unsure whether this is the right course for you, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can discuss your situation.