Series 1: Inspire

Series 1: inspire

Six one-day seminars exploring the foundations of classical ballet technique, more advanced elements of technique and artistry, and good teaching practice.

Each seminar can be attended individually, or as an Intensive comprising all six seminars. Teachers can take the seminars in any order however, we recommend they are taken sequentially and teachers experience all six seminars to gain the most comprehensive understanding.

Topics covered

Aims:

  • To provide a practical workshop for teachers that explores the basic concepts of classical ballet technique
  • To highlight the importance of the foundations of classical ballet technique including posture, placement, use of turn-out and weight placement
  • To explore the mechanics and aesthetics of port de bras
  • To introduce the concept of good teaching, leading towards the development of a personal philosophy of teaching.

Outline:

  1. Overview of The Foundations of Technique
  2. Practical Application of The Foundations of Technique
  3. Port de bras: Line and Coordination
  4. What Makes a Good Teacher?

Aims:

  • To explore how we learn to dance through motor learning
  • To analyse the vocabulary of classical ballet that is taught at the barre
  • To develop skill in teaching barre work

Outline:

  1. Motor Learning: How Do We Learn to Dance?
  2. Barre Work: Practical Application, Observation and Analysis

Aims:

  • To explore how students learn and effective teaching practice
  • To analyse the vocabulary of classical ballet that is taught in centre practice
  • To highlight how classical ballet vocabulary progresses from the barre to the centre
  • To develop skill in teaching centre practice
  • To explore effective communication
  • To develop skills in the demonstration of enchaînement and the use of voice in delivering a lesson

Outline:

  1. How Do We Learn? How Should We Teach? An Introduction to Learning and Teaching
  2. Centre Work: Practical Application, Observation and Analysis
  3. Demonstration, The Use of Voice and Communication

Aims:

  • To analyse the allegro section of classical ballet vocabulary
  • To highlight how allegro is developed at the barre and in the centre
  • To develop skill in teaching allegro
  • To develop skills in lesson planning and time management

Outline:

  1. Allegro: Practical Application, Observation and Analysis
  2. Lesson Planning and Time Management

Aims:

  • To analyse pointe work for students at different levels of training
  • To develop skill in teaching pointe work
  • To develop skills in enchaînement construction
  • To explore the concepts of motivation and effective feedback

Outline:

  1. Pointe Work: Pre-pointe Training, Initial Pointe Training, Developing Strength and Control on Pointe, and Introduction to Advanced Vocabulary
  2. Enchaînement Construction
  3. Motivation and Effective Feedback

Aims:

  • To gain practical experience in setting, demonstrating and correcting enchaînements
  • To develop effective teaching skills
  • To highlight the importance of developing artistry in tandem with technique

Outline:

  1. Developing and delivering an Enchaînement
  2. Épaulement, Style and Artistry

Course fees

Individual seminars (UK): £150
All six seminars (London venues): £900
All six seminars (international venues): TBC

Eligibility

Students must be 18+

Bookings

Bookings for these seminars will open in August 2022. Places are on first come, first served basis. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Upcoming seminars

October – November – December

Sunday 2 October
The foundations of classical ballet (seminar 1)

London

Sunday 3 November
Analysing the elements of technique 1: barre work (seminar 2)

London

16-21 December
Inspire Intensive (seminars 1-6)

Korea

January – February – March

Sunday 29 January
Analysing the elements of technique 2: centre work (seminar 3)

London

Sunday 26 March
Analysing the elements of technique 3: allegro (seminar 4)

London

1-6 April
Inspire Intensive (seminars 1-6)

London

6-11 April
Inspire Intensive (seminars 1-6)

Hong Kong

May – June

Sunday 7 May
Analysing the elements of technique 4: pointe work (seminar 5)

London

Sunday 11 June
Good teaching practice (seminar 6)

London

17-22 June
Inspire Intensive (seminars 1-6)

Jackson, USA

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Any questions?

If you have any questions about our Inspire series, get in touch at [email protected].

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