Classical ballet: improvers

Course Dates: 15/01/24 - 18/03/24
Time: 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Keeley Street
We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology.
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Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00

Course Code: DDM008

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Mon, day, 15 Jan - 18 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This Improvers class is a follow-on course to help extend your knowledge and understanding of the classical technique. The course is about development of skill and to improve and develop your posture, strength, co-ordination and flexibility in a relaxed and safe environment. These ballet classes are faster paced and will include more intricate combinations both at the barre and in the centre which will further challenge you and strengthen your ballet skills.

What will we cover?

Class work will be conducted in the form of a traditional ballet class incorporating the topics included within both barre work and centre practice (port de bras, adage, allegro) with an emphasis on correct posture, alignment, strength and co-ordination. Each week you will build on prior learning, enabling you to continue to master the skills fundamental to all ballet. You will broaden your ballet vocabulary verbally and in practice.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify steps and use correct terminology at the level provided
Demonstrate greater awareness of classical posture and correct technique
Enjoy the full range of movement practised according to your bodily capability.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an Improvers class suitable for those with prior experience, minimum one year. You can also join these classes if you have prior ballet experience and have been regularly taking lessons somewhere else. If you have had a break for a while we recommend you take one of our beginners' classes to refresh your muscle memory before moving on to this level.

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?

Teaching will include practical exercises, discussion, observation and supportive feedback to both individuals and the group. The class will take place in a well equipped, modern sprung floor studio with music. It is essential to be ready to start on time.

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 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 clearly. Ballet shoes either canvas or leather with elastics. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Continue with Ballet improvers or ask your tutor about other Ballet class.

Giovanna Lamboglia

Giovanna began her training in Brazil but is now based in London working as a freelance dancer and teacher. Founder of Dance Connections Agency Giovanna helps dancers to achieve their dreams in the competitive world of dance. No stranger to competition Giovanna has competed internationally including 2015 American Dance Competition USA (Top 15 with Variation and Highest Score with Pas Deux); 2012 7th Helsinki International Ballet Competition Finland; 2013 Youth America Grand Prix NYC Finals USA and 2011 Silver Medallist at the International Dance Seminar in Brasilia Brazil. As a soloist and guest artist Giovanna has performed for the Albany Berkshire Ballet; two tours of The Nutcracker, dancing the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dewdrop. Soloist with Ballets de France in Toulouse, France and with Canada´s Ballet Jörgen. In New York Giovanna secured a scholarship to complete the American Ballet Theatre National Teaching Curriculum Diploma providing her with opportunities to teach and lead international masterclasses for students across the world from France to India.

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.