What is the course about?
This is a practical dance class. You will learn the basic technique of classical Ballet which includes; correct posture, specific placement of the body and fundamental exercises within short routines. You will also gain greater strength and flexability. The class will follow a traditional structure of barre and centre practice.
What will we cover?
The topics follow a traditional teaching structure of barre, centre practice, adage and allegro work. Barre work helps to improve posture, alignment and flexibility. Centre work will work on co-ordination, improving stamina and at the same time understanding the basic technique and style.
These elements will be taught using a range of Ballet exercises and combinations and will lead to increased awareness and ability with regard to co-ordination, balance, rhythm, dynamics and musicality. We will use this learning to practise a range of short dance enchainment’s (combinations). You will become familiar with the standard French vocabulary used in Ballet.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Perform a range of basic and compound steps.
Develop improved co-ordination and body alignment.
Recognise improved strength and stamina
Use and appreciate the music and its function.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners class or for those with some experience. This class is suitable for actors, dancers, performers, athletes. Open to all levels and ages.
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. The standard French vocabulary will be introduced and used. No work is required outside of class.
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 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. A dance belt should be worn for comfort and we recommend tying long hair back for safety and comfort. No jewellery to be worn during class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue with Classical ballet.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details