Floor barre: general level

Course Dates: 17/01/24 - 20/03/24
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: Keeley Street
Floor barre is a wonderful conditioning programme for everyone, regardless of age and ability. Work through all the important muscle groups while safely supporting the body on the floor. All levels welcome.
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Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00

Course Code: DDP013

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Wed, day, 17 Jan - 20 Mar '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The class consists of exercises based on Ballet technique performed lying and sitting on the floor. The forerunner of Pilates, Floor-Barre is an ideal way to prepare and maintain the body in strengthening, lengthening & toning, whilst increasing flexibility.
It allows you to really focus on working different parts of the body and in building core strength, without having to worry about standing up or balancing. The floor work is excellent for improving posture and preparing body alignment for Ballet and other movement classes. The class caters for all different levels and gives you a surprisingly thorough workout.

What will we cover?

The tutor will explain and demonstrate the basics of Floor- Barre through a range of practical exercises. The course aims to show the students how to become aware of and unlearn habits of misuse that shows up as tension, muscle bulk and mis-alignment restricting freedom of movement. Some Yoga basics may be included, that are very beneficial for the updated Floor barre exercises nowadays.
The course will cover:
Body alignment
Tension release
Clarity of arm and leg positions
Strengthening of muscles and joints
Toning of the abdominals, hips and legs
Broadening of individual repertoire and guidance on its suitability.

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

Recognise increased strength and flexibility
Demonstrate improved core stability
Show improved muscle tone without bulk
Use the body correctly, identify correct technique and obtain greater ability.
Experience relaxation to reduce stress and to help still the mind.

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

This is a general level class suitable for beginners and improvers. The class is perfect for dancers, actors, performers, athletes or those recovering from injury. The class is also useful as preparation before a dance class.

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 set exercises enabling you to work on isolated parts of the body without tensing; as you might when standing, resulting in a safe and very effective workout.
Whilst the majority of the work takes place on the floor the class may culminate with standing. You will be able to experiment and use the floor work in some standing positions in some classes.

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
The exercises are best undertaken in bare feet or socks. 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?

Continue with Floor Barre or join Classical Ballet:beginners or improvers.

Dilek Taptik

Born in Germany, Dilek started ballet in the Russian Vaganova method. Professional training began in Turkey, Mersin Conservatoire for Dance & Ballet Academy Cologne, Germany, gaining National Dancers Diploma and Teaching qualifications by RAD, RTS, STC, TC, TD. Teachers included Lynn Wallis OBE (Artistic Director RAD), Gisela Peters, D. Wayne, Alex Morris, Valerie Aitken, Libby Farr. She also trained in NY. Dilek performed 'Giselle' (Demi-Soloist) in Turkey State Opera, 'Les Sylphides', 'Pas de Quatre', 'Nutcracker' & Swan Lake Corps in German Opera houses. 2003 she was awarded a scholarship for London Contemporary Dance School 'The Place', CertHE, working with Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, DV8 and Kerry Nicholls (Ex- rehearsal director Wayne Mc Gregor Dance). She toured in Germany, Dance-film (Roundhouse, London & Cannes Film Festival) & Movie credit along Vanessa Paradise. Dilek was Lead Ballet Tutor at the Arts Educational Schools London & founded www.dtdance.com She is a regular Ballet Tutor at CityLit & at the RAD HQ teaching ADV level & Guest Teacher for IDW London & Barcelona.

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.