Tchaikovsky pas de deux variation

Dates: 2nd - 5th June 2022

Time: Thursday, 11am-2pm | Friday, 1:30pm-4:30pm |  Saturday, 12pm-3pm | Sunday, 10am-1pm

Level: advanced beginner to intermediate/ advanced 

Address: The Place, 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC19AT | Friday: Canada Water Studios, Surrey Quays Road
London, SE16 7BW

Cost: £215 (If you are struggling, I can offer payment in instalments, please email me.)

You can book by using the BOOK NOW button or in person. By making a payment you agree to the terms & conditions.

Taking advantage of The Queen's Jubilee, I am running a 4-days workshop where we will study one of my favourite pieces that I performed a lifetime ago. You can watch me perform it during a school tour to Trento, Italy.

We will explore once more the Balanchine style, how he took classical positions and movements and stretch and exaggerated them, which whilst allowing more freedom for the dancer require a very strong technique.

Franziska performs Tchaikovsky pas de deux solo, age 17

What To Expect

We will start each day with an extended ballet class that will allow us to

• prepare for the technique required in the solo, e.g. battus, turns

• spend more time on difficult movements

• answer your questions 

After a small break, we will be working on the Tchaikovsky pas de deux solo. We are aiming for a progression of 

• choreographic memory

• technical execution

• artistry

Each student can work on these progressions at their individual level and I will offer modifications where needed, and also slow down the music until we accomplish the steps.


Thanks, Franziska for a wonderful workshop!

Despite being physically very challenging, it has been full of joy and happiness, and the atmosphere of support was just so important.

Yulia Schmidt

senior research analyst in air traffic management, UK

Who Is The Workshop For

We want to be as inclusive as possible and welcome students of different levels. However, to benefit from this retreat you should have at least one year of regular ballet class experience.

This is a guideline only as each person differs in how they learn and more so, in what they expect of themselves.

Some people are happy to simply participate, to feel the comradery, and to enjoy learning famous ballet steps even if they are beyond their current ability. Whilst others get frustrated unless they are able to remember the choreography well and to perform the movements at a high level. 

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.

You can participate wearing regular ballet slippers or pointe shoes.

Pre-study Video

Once booked and made your payment, please email me to receive the link for the pre-study video. This will help you prepare for the workshop. You do not have to learn the steps by heart before the retreat but having a rough idea will help you make the most of the 4 days. 

The video will also help you revisit what you have learned in the classes.

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email me to get the link


As this is a bank holiday weekend, please check for train cancellations or delays BEFORE you travel.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions or you are unsure whether the retreat is suitable for you, please get in touch via email or phone.

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our recent ballet retreat at JoJo's School in Margate