The past three days saw the completion of my summer ballet masterclasses in which I took two groups of 8 – 11 year olds and one group of 12 plus year olds over three days. I wanted to provide dancers from my local area, South Yorkshire in England, the opportunity to see what I’ve learned in Moscow and give them an experience of Russian-style ballet training.
The whole experience has been really rewarding with everyone that attended working so hard and putting so much energy and effort into their training. Plus, it was lovely to work with my very first dancing school, Fearons Middleton School of Dance, and train over 50 students in the Russian technique.
The masterclasses consisted of a ballet class, Russian-style ballet gymnastics, repertoire and make up class. I was particularly keen to instil the fundamentals of Russian ballet technique: expression and turnout, while building core strength and flexibility with a range of ballet gymnastics’ exercises (see my previous post here).
There are photos from each of the days and film clips below. For those that attended on the first day where we ran out of time to do the make up class, there is also a film of the make up demonstration on the second day 🙂
Look North also filmed the first masterclass – their film is here:
All the dancers from each of the three days:
Here’s video clip of the older group:
And the make up demonstration: