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Zoom Live: Beginner Ballet Barre
August 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm EDT$10
Get On Your Leg So You Can Dance.
This is the beginner ballet class barre I teach my adult babies at the Ailey Extension in NYC. This class is geared to adults who have limited ballet training, lack turnout and strength, and are not natural dancers.
The purpose of this class is to “get you on your leg” so that you can balance, turn, and jump. You will strengthen your balance as you strengthen your feet and identify the #1 leg — your pillar — through which the body weight falls fully into an active foot, balancing, ready to push down into motion. At the same time, you will activate the supporting arm/shoulder by pressing firmly on the barre. You will grasp the essential ideas of the ballet movement process while being reminded of the often-neglected basics that make the difference.
13 barre exercises. 1 stretch without support, 12 exercises using the barre/chair (8 are done facing front with arms in second position, 4 are done on the diagonal with one hand on the barre. The final 2 exercises are quarter-turn pirouettes from fifth position turning from the front to the side, and then recovering the starting position. Ideally (you may have to rearrange your furniture) you have an open space approximately 5 feet by 5 feet so that you can move forward, backward, and sideways.
Students should have a form of a ballet barre to hold onto (e.g. back of chair, kitchen counter or portable barre) find sufficient space to perform barre exercises and a modified center that remains in place.
Ballet class attire or tight fitting clothing is recommended in order for you to observe your body placement in the mirror.
90 minutes of exercises & coaching by Finis with a demonstrator
10 minutes of Q & A with Finis or free time
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