What is the course about?
The course is a combination of a ballet technique class followed by an exploration of classical ballet repertoire.
Within the first hour students will be warmed up through a class consisting of ballet barre, centre practice and travelling exercises. In the second half of the class we will use some of these movements to explore classical ballet repertoire. Students will get a better understanding how ballet classes are leading into classical ballet choreography.
What will we cover?
Classical Ballet Technique including:
Knowledge of ballet vocabulary
Recognise increased strength and flexibility
Demonstrate improved core stability
Show improved muscle tone.
Repertoire: Choreography for ballet
Narrative Ballet stories and learning of original sequences.
Some ballet gestures may be included.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This class is suitable for beginners, with enough knowledge in basic classical ballet, up and including improvers. The course is not suitable for students who have never done ballet before.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching will include practical class work as well as discussion, observation and supportive feedback for individual
and group awareness.
Through a series of exercises enabling you to work your body in a graceful manner and experience this knowledge in choreography. Student's may want to watch video material of the sequence/sequences taught (youtube and DVD’s)
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.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear dance clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body
temperature. Tights, leotard or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more
The exercises are best undertaken in ballet shoes. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their
hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort.
Please Note: This course is exempt from the standard refund and transfer policy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Classical ballet: beginners
Classical ballet: improvers
Ballet @ The Barre
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to
Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details.