We’ve been working on developes in class. They’re not technically terribly difficult but are pretty demanding physically. I hated them for years as they would turn my quads into painful ropes *shudders*. Then suddenly one day, after plenty of pilates, I found them easy. And with non-ropey quads I could start to appreciate their artistry.… Continue reading Strengthening up for ballet
Following on from Part 1, I’ve been looking at my own motivation for joining a dance class in the different styles I’ve done. What are my own goals for starting a dance class? It comes down to the music, and a desire to understand better how to express myself within that music. From the complex… Continue reading Goals for beginner dancers Pt 2
We’re halfway through first term, and as usual my students vary in ballet and dance experience from absolute beginners to people who danced through their childhood, teenage years and beyond. One of my new beginners explained they wanted clear goals to work towards. What kind of goals are appropriate for a beginner adult ballet student? A good… Continue reading Goals for beginner adult ballet students
I take my students through a pilates exercise or two during our warm-up for class. (A good warm-up is much needed when you’re an adult!) Why pilates? I’ve been thinking through this for quite a while. I’m a bit of a geek, I admit, and geek out on subjects I love. I’ve been fascinated with… Continue reading Why pilates?
Fun dance memes! First a few perfectly sensible ones. Like this one – come and learn ballet, she said. It’d be fun, she said! Add to your vocabulary… The really tough stuff… The good feelings… Some philosophy… All these years I had never thought of this but on reflection it’s very true… I really… Continue reading Just for fun …
An exploration of the components of dance… I was chatting with Northern Tango teacher Chris Hart, the other day about the components of tango. Chris explained Argentine tango can be broken down into 4 essential components: step forward step backwards step to the side turning These simple elements suddenly made so much sense of how I think… Continue reading Components of dance
Sobek Fowler Experience in ballet: 3 months Previous movement experience: 1 1/2 years self defence against the local Street Thug. A casual but effective hunter. 1 yr extensive tip-chasey and hide-and-go-seek sessions with fellow Offbeat Ballet student Ma’at Farandel. Sobek poses for a professional photo shoot. Sobek had a Troubled Youth. His first 6 months were… Continue reading Student Profile: Sobek Fowler