JHC Posted December 21, 2008 Report Share Posted December 21, 2008 (edited) Hi everyone: I apologize in advance for repeating a question I included in my introductory post, but Victoria suggested I might receive more information here. I'm 25, male, and fit; though I've been interested in ballet my whole life, my insecurity outweighed my desire to learn until recently. I have absolutely no dance experience, but I just began taking beginner classes in New York City. While the Joffrey School markets its Adult "Basic Beginner" ballet classes to complete novices, the sessions I've attended still seemed too advanced for first-time dancers; the instructor took for granted the students' knowledge of positions and fundamentals, and the classes were often too crowded for her to note any individual student's form. I enjoy the classes at Joffrey, but I would greatly appreciate suggestions for high-quality, open adult ballet classes in Manhattan (that focus specifically on technically correct execution and form) for absolute beginners, if indeed any exist. Ideally, I would like to approximate a strictly-formal classical ballet education in order to master basic movements and positions and avoid developing bad habits if it is possible at my age and outside the context of full-time study. I understand that Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, and Dance New Amsterdam, among others, offer very basic programs for beginners, but I have no way to determine the relative quality of instruction and focus on fundamentals each institution provides. Thank you in advance for your consideration and advice, and happy holidays! JHC Edited to remove weight in accordance with our policy. Edited December 21, 2008 by JHC Quote Link to comment
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