DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE SUMMER COURSES!

Right now a lot of the ballet world is scrambling as they commit to summer intensives. If you are late to the game, don’t worry! You haven’t missed out. These are amazing courses that still have auditions. These award-winning teachers are based around the US and will help you on your ballet journey.

Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet (Orange County, CA)

SPRING AND SUMMER INTENSIVES AT ELITE CLASSICAL COACHING!

(Dallas/Frisco, TX)
https://eliteclassicalcoaching.com

SPRING BREAK 2021 INTENSIVE


MARCH 8-11
Ballet+Pointe+Pilates+Contemporary  


VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON! 
Mon/Wed 8:30-11:30 ballet/pointe 
Tues/Thurs 8:30-2:00 (with breaks)


(Classes are Central Standard Time as class is located in Frisco TX at Legacy Dance Center) 


PRICE: $200/zoom, $375/in-person 
Daily rates offered as well! $90 for Zoom and $120 in-person  


Email info@eliteclassicalcoaching.com to apply/reserve your spot today!

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SUMMER INTENSIVES

JUNIOR (ages 9-12 + advanced 8 year olds would be considered)
June 7-11
July 12-16
Aug 2-6


PRE PRO (ages 12-20) 
Aug 2-13


Cary Conservatory
https://www.caryballet.com

Session I (2 weeks)
June 28 – July 10

Session II (3 weeks)
July 12 – July 31

Session III (5 weeks)
June 28 – July 31

Session IV (Prix Challenge Week)
August 2 – 7

Session V (6 weeks)
June 28 – August 7


Ballet Chicago, for that Balanchine Experience (Chicago, IL)
http://www.balletchicago.org


Golden State Ballet and Pilates (San Diego, CA)

https://www.gsballetpilates.com/summer-workshops

THE BALLET CLINIC
PROGRAMS

www.theballetclinic.com

MAINTENANCE COURSES
MAINTENANCE 1 June 14-18, 2021
Stay in shape before leaving for a summer course. This course offers a 2 hour ballet class every day, plus 1 hour a day of either contemporary, modern, conditioning, stretching, pointe.
Only 14 students will be accepted.
15 Hours of Training /

MAINTENANCE 2 June 21-25, 2021
Stay in shape before leaving for a summer course. This course offers a 2 hour ballet class every day, plus 1 hour a day of either contemporary, modern, conditioning, stretching, pointe.
Only 14 students will be accepted.
15 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 1
July  11-17, 2021. 
This seven-day course is geared for students who show exceptional potential in ballet who are interested in progressing their training through safe and effective methodologies. The Young Dancer Program is geared for students ages 7-11 who show exceptional potential in ballet. This is by audition only. To audition please follow the directions at the bottom of this page.

Only 14 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 2
July 25-31, 2021
This seven-day course is geared for comp jazz students ages
7-13 who are looking to supplement their training with ballet technique. This program is geared for students who compete at high levels. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training /

PROGRAM 3
 August 15-21, 2021
This seven-day course is geared for comp jazz/ contemporary students ages 7-13 who are looking to supplement their training with ballet technique. This program is geared for students who compete at high levels. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
35 Hours of Training

PROGRAM 4
August 23-27 & August 30 – September 3, 2021
This ten day course is designed to get dancers back in shape for the 2021-2022 season. This program is designed for Clinic Students who are returning from summer intensives, or are new to the program. 
Only 12 students will be accepted.
20 Hours of Training per Week /

The Ballet Clinic Season 3

We are excited to announce Season 3 of The Ballet Clinic!! This last season has been insane, and while COVID-19 has created numerous issues, we are lucky enough to have survived and thrived. This 2020-2021 Season has been crazy, but we have already been awarded numerous awards and recognized for our outstanding and dedicated faculty. We are extremely excited to announce next season as we start our search for the next 36 dancers who will be a part of The Ballet Clinic. Here are some of the photos from this Fall Season! We are so excited to be moving on to our Winter 2021 Season!! To learn more about Season 3 or The Ballet Clinic visit our Website: www.TheBalletClinic.com

Boo! It’s Spooky Season!

Seven super cute costume ideas that you probably already have around the house.

This year, instead of illustrating the week of Spooky Season, I asked my students to recreate my illustrations. They definitely went all-in on it, and here they are, just in time for the spooky holiday.

Growing Up Black by Lauryn Brown

When I was younger, kids in my ballet class were awarded stickers for coming to class in the proper uniform with their hair in a neat ballet bun. My mom arranged my thick natural hair into individual braids that were nicely pulled back for class, however, I was the only girl who did not get a sticker for being in the proper uniform. I was always told my hair was not right for the class. Eventually, I told my mother about the issue. We met with the director who apologized, and I finally got my stickers. This experience was traumatizing for me. It could have deterred my interest in this art form. Ballet schools must be more accepting of the cultural and racial differences of their students. The ballet community should accommodate hairstyles for Black dancers who have beautiful, naturally coarse hair. Training to be a professional ballerina is challenging and takes a lot of discipline, regardless of who you are. Read more in our September Issue.

Growing Up Black was written by Lauryn Brown and photographed by Ashley Lorraine Baker.

The Ballet Clinic

Come Train with Me!!! If you didn’t know, I bought a building in Arizona and opening my own school! The school itself can only accommodate 36 dancers. The building is great, completely remodeled with two beautiful full size studios. If you haven’t comitted to a year-round program yet, and you are looking for a place to train, feel free to apply here: CLICK HERE

The Ballet Clinic is a place for serious dancers to come in, get their work done, and get out. Our schedule for advanced dancers is Tuesday-Friday, and optional classes on Saturday. Classes on weekdays start at 5:00 PM. For those who are homeschooled and want extra classes, we offer morning class twice a week.

We are still looking to fill 2 advanced/pre-pro boy spots and 2 girl spots (preferably ages 14+ who are looking to go away to a full-time professional school next fall). In our beginning group, we still have 6 spots left. Our faculty includes: Ashley Baker (ballet), Eric Hipolito Jr (mens, boys,pas de deux), Terin Christopher (contemporary) and myself.

Fall Semester Starts September 9!

Turning in to find your TURNOUT

Turning In to Find Your Turnout 

I think there is a big misunderstanding among ballet teachers and other teachers when it comes to turn in and turnout. The two cannot be separated because anything that is not turned out completely is turned in. I also believe that when it comes to working on the floor or barre work, sometimes it is better to work turned in. In fact, as we know from previous videos, I think it is important to work turned in to find a dancer’s turnout. 

So, while I believe dancer’s should cross train in modern, jazz and hip hop, because of the different muscles groups each one focuses on, I definitely don’t believe in overtraining muscle groups that are going to hinder ballet technique. This means that anything that is going to lock up your quads and hip flexors, I am against. One of the best ways I think that any dancer can become stronger and be more in tune with their body is to discover how the hip socket works. (Click here for some other hip stuff from earlier posts.)

Taking a look at dancing turned in, into find your turnout.

Standing in sixth position properly aligned means that foot is perfectly turned in with proper knee and hip alignment.  (proper alignment being shoulders over hips, over knees, over toes.) When standing in sixth position facing the barre one leg will automatically be in perfect turn out, if you rotate your hips towards left hand at the barre… When doing this you want to make sure you are really focusing on the SUPPORTING LEG. Remember the point of barre is to get you on your supporting leg and build strength in that leg, okay and to make your feet stronger… but the main focus is to get you on your leg and to do so, one must really build the back of the legs, rotators, and core.

Okay, so now you just have to discover the rotation in your hips. So here is Lauryn Brown (Insta: @laurynlanee) demonstrating some of the turned in to turnout combinations we work on at the Ballet Clinic. By all means it is not perfect, but she is working very hard on building the strength on her supporting leg. 

Remember most of these combinations are designed to work the supporting leg’s turnout. 

If you do these exercises properly, you will reshape your legs and increase your turnout drastically. 

Things to keep in mind, holding the spiral of your supporting leg.

Finding your crease/ booty indent every time. Where the leotard cuts around the leg should be completely folded into the hip socket, the back/side of your quad & IT band should be completely flat.
Find squareness to the supporting leg, not the working leg. This is not a normal ballet combination, so if you can’t completely open to the side yet, DON’T. It is okay to be in a semi-ecarté position.

Don’t let the supporting knee give .

Don’t roll on the supporting foot.

Don’t put weight into the working leg.

When finding Arabesque- let the hips do the work, NOT YOUR BACK.

 

Check Out Lauryn’s Tutorial on Audition Make Up