This beginning restorative Cecchetti-style ballet barre offers basic skills and Ballet terminology. Enjoy this first in a twelve part series with students, dancers & athletes, as they learn techniques designed to restore and rehabilitate former poorly ingrained habits, at the same time bringing first timers and beginners along with them. This class includes general ballet terms used to exchange concepts and ideas and introduces proper anatomically correct body positions. Learn how to incorporate full body function alignment, from foot and arm positions, through the knees and spine, to the top of the head. This course offers the opportunity to change the way you think about moving your body through space, to produce healthy ways of inducing greater ease of movement, balance and longevity.
Enrico Cecchetti taught the Ballet Russe dance company how to rehabilitate their bodies in order to extend the lives of their careers. By re-learning movements and creating new habits, and using anatomically correct techniques the benefits became historically established as extremely beneficial.
Dance master Susan Southard's early training included Olympic competition swimming in high school; when she wasn't in the pool training she could be found in one of the various local dance studios or out horseback riding. Susan studied under, and with, many dance legends through the years, both in and after college. Icons such as Mia Slavenska of the original Ballet Russes, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, and the Nicholas Brothers were some of her mentors and colleagues. Graduating CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) with a double masters degree in Dance/Dance Therapy, lead her into fields of designing curriculum for college campuses, (which she continues to do today), and touring with her own professional dance troupe. Ultimately, Southard's passion for dance and all that it has to offer each individual, makes her the perfectly seasoned guide to bring this self-discovery, self-correction technique to her students.
Live Accompanist: Michael Martinez
These classes are accompanied with live piano accompaniment by Michael Martinez. Michael is a gifted improvisational musician, and a life-long resident and renowned performer of the Monterey Peninsula.
Come with us on our journey through this unique series of 12 Episodes.
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