At A Work in Progress Productions, we are committed to providing quality training at affordable prices. In our third year, we have grown from 15 students to over 100, from 2 classes to over 20. And because we have so many, we know the website can be confusing — too many details!!! So let’s break it down. This post is part of the “ClassesUpClose” series, where we take an entire post to focus on one or two classes.
Ballet Technique for Ages 12-18
As a young student, I had shunned ballet because I had some bad experiences early on – with harsh teachers who were critical and fellow ballerinas who were downright mean. The competitive atmosphere was stifling and turned me off to ballet entirely. Yet it was my lack of ballet training that hurt me when I was auditioning in New York City years later. I could sing, act, and tap/jazz dance with the best of them, but my form wasn’t the same as the others who had taken ballet. And even now as an adult, I know my posture is not what it should be. I have found that ballet is a wonderful tool for developing a healthy self-confidence and body image, and I recommend it for all of my students! Our goal is to provide professional training in an atmosphere that is encouraging, warm, and welcoming to all levels. In fact, last spring, many of the girls said it was one of their favorite classes! Who knew ballet could be so much fun? All we heard was laughter coming from that room, and the girls grew a lot. This year, Heather Brown is teaching two Ballet Technique classes. Read more about them below!
Fall Ballet Technique: Brushing up on the Basics
This is a movement based class for students who have had any previous ballet experience and would feel comfortable doing simple combinations at the barre. General knowledge of what is required to execute a plié and tendu is recommended. We will focus on continuing to advance the execution of basic steps as well as add to our vocabulary some slightly more complicated ballet movements. Comfortable, snug, but stretchy clothing is recommended. Socks or ballet slippers may be worn on the feet. Any long hair should be pulled back securely away from the face.
This class is a requirement for those taking dance in the production of “Mary Poppins” in the fall.
Spring Ballet Technique + Dance Appreciation
This class will be both movement based and discussion based. The level of ballet technique covered will be based upon the experience of the students who sign up to participate. It is open to those who have never practiced ballet before, or those who have more advanced training and would like a chance to focus on technique. We will focus on the execution of basic steps as well as add to our vocabulary some slightly more complicated ballet movements. We will also take some time during class to discuss general topics about different aspects that go into a dance performance such as what are pointe shoes made of, what does the stage manager actually do and why do we call it upstage and downstage. Comfortable, snug, but stretchy clothing is recommended. Socks or ballet slippers may be worn on the feet. Any long hair should be pulled back securely away from the face. A notebook and writing utensil are suggested for the discussion portion of the class, but not required.
About the Instructor
Heather began her training with Boston Ballet and continued with Ballet Theatre of Boston performing as a member of Youth Works. Through college, she was able to continue her study of ballet with Rockford Dance Company of Illinois and became a part of the Celonia Modern Dance Company of Beloit. At that time, she also started teaching beginner ballet to the mostly modern dance population of Beloit College. She has performed in a broad range of classical and contemporary works including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Wreath of Memories. She has been performing with Spindle City Ballet since 2008 and started teaching ballet and modern in 2011. In 2013 she decided to rededicate her life to teaching and creating dance. She is currently teaching ballet and modern in several schools in the New England area and performing on occasion with Freedom Dances. Her most recent choreography was performed as part of the aMaSSiT program at The Dance Complex in Boston. She is looking forward to another great season with A Work in Progress.
You can read more about the schedule and location/cost of these classes here. Let us know if you have any questions! Class sizes for dance classes are kept small, so register soon!
Jen Roca for all of us at AWIP