Classical ballet: taster
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DDF010B
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
In this fun and dynamic ‘taster’ class you will learn fundamental dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere.
What will we cover?
If you have always wondered who attends a dance class, what the content is like or even what the staff are like you can now find out for by joining a taster workshop without committing to a long course.
The class will include practical and key components of a typical dance class; warm up, technique, travelling steps or possibly a short routine/combination.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Identify your level and ability with advice from the staff
Demonstrate a greater awareness of the dance style.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
A taster workshop for beginners and for those wishing to explore different styles of dance in a fun practical setting.
A beginner's dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any dance class there will be student’s of all levels and abilities. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This class is tutor led. Teaching will include practical class work, discussion, observation and supportive feedback for individual and group awareness.
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. You do not need to purchase any specialist shoes for our tasters. Advice will be given if you wish to continue taking lessons. You are of course encouraged to bring any dance shoes you already have. Practice may include bare-feet. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the class and mobile phones switched off. Bring bottled water.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The teacher will advise on future dance courses or you can contact the drama, dance and speech department or visit www.citylit.ac.uk for more details.
Alex began teaching classical ballet in 2012 and has been at City Lit since 2017. His life in dance goes back much further, to 1980, when he took his very first steps in ballet, becoming instantly addicted. Having completed his dance training, he embarked on a 16 year stage career with various companies in the UK, Austria, Spain and Germany, performing in classical ballets, contemporary works and in musicals. He holds teaching qualifications from the Royal Academy of Dance and an MA in Dance Pedagogy from the Palucca University of Dresden. In Germany he taught classes at vocational and company level. Since returning to London, he has enjoyed connecting with dancers of all ages and abilities. Alongside City Lit, he teaches at London Studio Centre, Royal Academy of Dance, Gielgud Academy and Pineapple Dance Studios and also assists PACE classes for adults with Parkinson's. He loves passing on his knowlege of dance, acquired from many wonderful teachers, to anyone who is curious to learn about the art form. In addition to teaching ballet, he writes about it, contributing articles to the monthly magazine Dancing Times.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.