With 12 years of professional dancing experience and over 20 years teaching Vocational level Ballet (with numerous student achievements. For more information see ABOUT), I have used my knowledge, experience and expertise to design Classical Coaching Workshops designed to help accelerate advanced students (including pre-professional dancers) and enable them to step closer to fulfilling their aspirations.
School Holiday Workshops
School Holiday workshops offer Body Conditioning (Floor Barre/Classical Pilates), Classical Coaching (Vaganova based), Pointe Work (when applicable) and Variations Coaching designed to create 'pure', technically capable and detailed dancers.
9-12yrs - 2.5 hour workshops
13yrs & over - 3 hour workshops
Body Conditioning combines elements of floor barre, Classical Pilates, Progressing ball technique and other core focused methods to activate, tone and strengthen core muscles groups. Students are taught about each of the core groups and how their utilisation benefits the dancer both for technical strength, postural alignment, physical tone and physical well being and safety. Students are invited to bring their own exercise mats and therabands and are encouraged to continue these exercises between workshops on a regular basis.
Classical Coaching is a class based upon the Vaganova Method. Every workshop focuses upon strengthening and consolidating core and rotational strength, correct postural alignment, safe working practices, developing a clean/pure technique with appropriate use of the upper body, arms and epaulement. In some workshops the focus maybe more upon improving pirouettes, or increasing the height of extensions, or balon or preparing for auditions.
Each Workshop follows the class format (Barre, Centre & Allegro) and includes pointe work (students not en pointe continue the work to strengthen calf muscles and metatarsals).
In Variations workshops, students (male and female) learn Repertoire solos from well known, traditional full length ballets. This allows students to work upon combining technique with artistry encouraging to think about their own way of interpreting a role/character. This highly valuable class also assists students in their understanding of the use of dynamics and encourages them to become more versatile in their presentation. Equally, students learn more about ballet's rich history and modern day presence.