What People Say about Holistic Ballet

Franziska is simply one of the best teachers I've had in any subject.  She keenly observes what I'm capable of and what's holding me back and gives remarkable advice for getting out of my own way and enjoying my potential.  I've worked with her since 2008 and truly its been one of the most consistently rewarding investments I've made.  I was very embarrassed at starting Ballet at such an advanced age (and size!) and what I've found through Franziska's instruction in holistic ballet has truly been liberating and enlivening!  I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who wants to enjoy discovering themselves through movement or otherwise do things they thought they'd never be able to do.

 

Janet

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Hi Franziska,

 

Just wanted to say how much my son enjoyed his lesson with you. He also found it very helpful and is incorporating your advice into his rehab exercises. Hopefully this will help with his technique retraining and strengthening post op. Many thanks for helping him.

 

Best wishes,

 

Amanda

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I really enjoy your classes because you help your students understand the mechanics of placement and movement. Your thoughtful approach to teaching is also very encouraging. 

 

Thank you!

 

Michelle

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Dear Franziska,

 

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for yesterday's workshop.  It was a fantastic experience and I thought it was really well structured and extremely informative.  I enjoyed the pilates introduction and it highlighted how many areas of the body we take for granted.  The toe exercises were a revelation as we never use them individually in daily life but I can see how important being aware of them is in ballet.

 

The grand tours part was challenging for me as was the repertoire and, although I got really frustrated with myself at not being able to pick up the routine as quickly as some of the other fellow 'workshoppers', I really enjoyed it and was surprised at how much we learnt in such a small space of time.

 

I was also very impressed that you knew everyone's name.  Not many teachers bother with that and it makes it so much more personal.  Also loved the attention you gave in correcting everyone.  The only slight negative I can think of is that the space felt too crowded at times and it was a challenge to be able to see what you were showing as well as not bumping into someone (mainly when we tried things altogether).

 

Thanks again. It was an experience I won't forget.

 

Elena

 

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Hi Franziska,

 

I find your use of imagery to be extremely helpful in visualising what my body needs to be doing (or trying to do), for example imagining being in a baby harness/bouncer when resisting the descent during plies!

The technical tips are invaluable- such as percentages of weight placement and where to "push off" from during pirouettes - especially for us dancers who may not have as much natural instinct.

As well as verbal corrections, I found it so helpful when I was physically corrected (and held there!) to truly understand what I needed to be working towards.

 

Ruth

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Hello Franziska - 

 

Just wanted to say a big thank you again for today's workshop - I not only learned a lot but really enjoyed it (even when I messed up things a few times!).

 

Many thanks again,

Raymond

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Hi Franziska, 

 

Thank you so much for having me at the workshop today. Princess Florine's variation was fun, it put all the work in perspective. Also it was for the first time for me to do pilates and I would like to do it occasionally. 

 

Best,

Ikuko

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Hi Franziska

 

Thank you very much for such a wonderful workshop!!!  I really enjoyed it and it gave me more time to practise my turns and other techniques there which in normal classes I don't. Your Blue Bird Solo is simply fantastic! It is a great pleasure to learn ballet from such a talented professional like you.

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I am getting my pointe shoes and look forward to the class on Thursday!

Please do arrange more workshops like that in the future!!!

 

Many thanks

Sylvia :)

 

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Dear Franziska,

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful treat last Saturday!!! It was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Thank you for the wonderful session on Saturday. It was a wonderful treat that I was very much looking forward to :) I found it very enjoyable!!!

 

All the best,

Saule

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Hi  Franziska

 

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for the workshop on Saturday. It was really helpful, especially the exercises at the beginning. It was also the first time I've ever learned part of a ballet - it was great to be able to look on YouTube and see it on stage!

 

All the best

Suzannah

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The ballet workshop organised by Franziska in April was great, really enjoyed overall experience: it was also encouraging to see that I could 'survive' the whole 4 hours of ballet. The workshop was very well organised and structured. At the same time, very flexible in terms of accommodating and catering for all levels. This impressed me the most: I was able to join any group depending on a particular exercise and learn certain moves that I have not able to grasp previously. All in all, 10 out of 10. Thank you so much!

 

Irina J.

 

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