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#1 Redbookish

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

For the last few years we've asked that if you are seeking recommendations for good adult ballet classes or programmes, you post your request in the Pre-Professional General Education forum, on the principle that a good pre-professional school is likely to have a good adult programme, or that regular readers of the pre-pro forum will have advice about good classes in their area.

However, as that forum is now organised alphabetically for ease of reference, we're finding that most of the first page is taken up with requests for Adult classes. So we're going back to placing requests for information about classes in the Adult Ballet Students forum, here.

Can we follow the same protocol:

GIve your post the title:
Adult Ballet Classes (space)- (dash) (space) general area
specific area

For example:
Adult Ballet Classes - Texas
In the topic description box, it says, "Dallas"

Thanks for your co-operation.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 02:12 PM

All "Adult Ballet Classes - Location" threads have been moved here. To find them click at the top on "Custom" and re-order the topics by (Sort) "Topic Title", then "ascending order- A_Z", then "Update Filter". Then click on page 4 which is where they start, and they take up the next 2 pages!

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:06 PM

I travel on occasion and would like to quickly look up where to take class. This will help!



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:00 PM

Adult Ballet Classes - New Jersey
Ridgewood (Bergen County)

I highly recommend the Art of Motion located in Ridgewood, NJ. They offer Adult Ballet class 7 days a week. All
of the teachers had professional careers with major ballet companies such as Joffrey, Boston. The student base is composed of a mix of former professionals and dance enthusiasts age 40 - 60. Sometimes a teen or two will take an adult class. However, this studio has an extremely non-competitive environment, the dancers are very welcoming and friendly towards each other. But this does not effect the professionalism of the classes, during class dancers work hard, they do not gab amongst each other, they drink in every word of correction the teacher offers. This is a diamond in the rough: a professional studio located in an are surrounded by Dipsy Doodle Dance Schools who have annual recitals of young dancers dressed in hot pink a glitter.

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 05:55 PM

Adult Ballet Classes - Maryland

Silver Spring (Montgomery County)

 

Maryland Youth Ballet near the Silver Spring Station for the Washington, DC, Metro, has around 35 classes for adults weekly. The levels range from beginning to advanced. Classes typically have a live pianist for accompaniment. There are 20 to 40 students in each classes. Some teens take classes. Some students are over 80 years of age. The skilled teachers of youth also provide valuable guidance for adults.


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 01:59 PM

Adult Ballet Classes - California

San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena

 

Preston Li Dance - great instructor with levels ranging beginner to advanced and beginner pointe. Smaller classes between 6 - 20 students and drop ins welcome. Relatively easy to follow for first timers and he gives plenty of corrections. Focuses a lot on artistry so you look good no matter your level of technique. Age ranges from older teen to retirees. Also does an adult recital at least once a year, so if you want to finally wear a tutu, here's your chance!



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Posted 02 August 2015 - 06:14 PM

Adult Ballet Classes - Massachusetts

 

Dance Complex, 535 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4029, Tel (617) 547-9363, offers a spectrum of activities.

 

I took elementary and intermediate ballet classes on Saturday and Sunday. The classes were valuable. Teachers offered easier options. The ballet classes typically have a live pianist. The floor was sprung. I benefitted from each class.

 

There is no elevator in the building. Dancers must climb up several flights to the studios.

 

Students pay teachers directly for each class. Teachers typically offer class cards for multiple classes.

 

The men's dressing room  had two showers.

 

There is no air conditioning. The temperature was in the 80s both days. It felt like over 100 in the studio. I sweat a lot. I drank lots of water.

 

The studio is near Central Square. The subway stops there.

 

Le Meridien Hotel, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, is near the studio.


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Posted 02 August 2015 - 06:36 PM

Adult ballet classes - London, UK

 

Central School of Ballet

10 Herbal Hill

Clerkenwell Road

London EC1R 5EG

UK

 

I took several classes in June, 2015.

 

I took a beginner improver class. The teacher was extremely enthusiastic and supportive. There were 30 to 40 adults in the class. The class is appropriate for people who have just taken an introduction to ballet.

 

I regularly took a beginners (general) class. The class concentrated on optimal execution of the fundamental steps of ballet. The class was given at a rapid pace; regular students become familiar with the combinations. I was unfamiliar with some of the terminology; however, I recognized the steps when they were demonstrated. Skilled perfomance of basic moves was emphasized. The steps were given slowly so that one had to maintain proper placement to stay on balance. For example, I am accustomed to performing a lame-duck or stepover turns quickly as a connection in a fast combination; falling off balance is no problem because I immediately proceed to the next step. In the beginners (general) class, the combination was slower, stepover, stepover, stepover, stepover with develope of the gesture leg and elonge of the ipsilateral arm. The tempo was slow so I must maintain balance for each turn. The teacher pushed me to go across the floor to use all the space. I got a lot out of that class. A cohort of students took the class routinely. Professional dancers take the class to work on technique. A young man who skillfully performed the combinations appeared as a substitute teacher for professional and elementary ballet classes at Pineapple Dance the next day. Apparently he had graduate from the Royal Ballet School.

 

There were showers in the men's dressing room.

 

Students pay 9 pounds at the front desk in cash only.

 

The studio is a mile or so from Covent Garden. I routinely walked there.


Edited by colas, 02 August 2015 - 06:38 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 05:07 AM

Thanks for these reviews, Colas!

 

The Central classes: did you take the Sunday afternoon class, usually taught by Renato Paroni, but over the summer various people he works with have been substitutes. They all work in the way you describe, and the class is very good for cleaning up the basics.  They are excellent in just the way you say. I attended in late June on Sunday, so we were probably in the same class if you did the Sunday one!



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Posted 05 August 2015 - 12:25 AM

Adult Ballet Classes - Southern California

The new ABT studio in Costa Mesa, CA has just announced that they will have open adult classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:00-11:30 beginning in September. I believe they will all be taught be Alaine Haubert.

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Posted 05 August 2015 - 07:53 AM

Alaine is a great teacher!  Also check out the excellent classes offered at both Maple Conservatory in Irvine and DeFore Dance Center in Costa Mesa.

 

 DeFore's is mainly an adult drop in studio, with many, many classes of all levels for adults every day of the week  - all the way from absolute beginner ballet to professional level.  The studio offers one-two-three week adult ballet intensives at various times during the year, there are pointe classes, Pilates, floor barre, as well as all kinds of jazz, hip hop and tap classes. DeFore's also offers reduced rates for college students.

 

If you want morning classes, there are plenty.  If you want evening classes, there are plenty.  There are even classes meeting in the mid-afternoon.




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