Specialised Ballet Classes with Holistic Ballet
Venue: The Mews, London, E3 4TS
Dates: see below
These ninety minutes ballet classes are for a maximum of six students, which means I can pay attention to everyone.
The class will be simple and straight-forward (this does not mean easy), barre-focused with some exercises in the centre as well as time for stretching.
The main objectives are (re)establishing correct alignment and perfecting fundamental ballet technique. Students of advanced beginner to advanced level can benefit from this general level class. What does this mean?
Each of these semi-private ballet classes focuses on a certain aspect of ballet technique. We work in great detail to clarify the elements that make up the whole movement. We pay attention to common misunderstandings and exploring ways of how to make the steps work for individual bodies so you can perform them with more ease and joy.
What to expect:
selected video footage at certain classes
focusing on alignment and technique
stretches at the barre (barre class)
emphasis on the subject of the individual class
Qs & As
Holistic Ballet class at The Mews
The concept of 'General Level' Classes
'General level', in my opinion, means all but complete beginners should be able to participate and benefit from the class. Therefore, the combinations need to be on the most part simple in choreography, but as my teacher used to say 'Simple does not mean easy.'. What does this look like practically?
If we take an example of a battement tendu exercise, depending on which stage you are in your ballet training, you work on different aspects:
absolute beginner: remembering the combination
beginner: learning that a tendu is brushing a straight leg out and in whilst pointing the foot
advanced beginner: improving the coordination of the gesture foot whilst keeping the pelvis still
intermediate: concentrating on the gesture foot and leg, the alignment of the standing leg, pelvis, and spine
advanced: all of the above, plus core, upper body, and arm positioning, musicality
professional: small cues of all of the above but mainly feeling (rather than thinking) the integrity of the movement
Please note that Herbert the cat will be in the studio. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.