Who can participate in Virtual Ballet Intensive?
Our week-long intermediate and advanced intensives were created for experienced ballet students ages 11-23. There is also a Junior Intensive for ages 8-11, as well as classes for adults. Adults, and beginning ballet students interested in intensives and more classes should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I be seen in these classes?
Yes, classes will be held via Zoom and your camera should be turned on to ensure you are getting individual corrections and feedback. This is an important part of a dancers training. Adults wanting privacy may keep their videos off.
Can virtual classes replace live classes in the studio?
No. We at VBI believe that classes in a real ballet studio with an experienced teacher are necessary for all dancers. Nothing can replace hands-on corrections and 3-D visuals for both teachers and students. Virtual classes can help focus on many aspects of dance, but some things such as grand allegro and grand pirouettes cannot be executed properly in home studios.
Necessity is the mother of invention. The covid19 crisis caused us all to shift our mindset. Many ballet schools shifted their curriculum to an online platform, and everyone learned as they went along. We used our experiences with online learning to create this program specifically for dance in makeshift studios at home. When things do eventually go back to normal, this VBI will remain as a resource to supplement your in-person training and allow you to work with incredible teachers around the world from the comfort of your home.
Can you really learn ballet at home?
You’d be surprised how much we can do from our living rooms. While most of our homes lack the space for traveling waltz or the proper floor for jumping, we’ve tailored these classes to fit into small spaces. Rather than trying to force a normal ballet class into the space available, we’ve chosen to focus on the fine details of foot work and port de bras. Small steps without jumping or excessive turning make up the majority of most ballet classes, and we will use the extra time spent on this to the fullest. We will choose repertoire and variations that work well in small spaces and take advantage of this opportunity to focus on the artistry and style, saving the larger athletic feats for when we’re in a studio.
Do I need to wear tights and a leotard?
Yes. Dress code is part of the discipline of ballet. A leotard and tights shows a dancers line, allowing teachers to give corrections for the benefit of the student’s education. If dancers are wearing baggy clothes, it is more difficult for the teacher to see what he or she is doing. Having hair neatly pulled back in a bun or french twist along with proper dance attire helps students feel more prepared to dance their best