Contemporary Ballet Virtual Workshop

4 WEEK VIRTUAL WORKSHOP

With a fun fusion of modern music and our classic ballet repertoire, this class is a fun and challenging session that combines core exercises and body exploration. Release stress and get fit in a creative class appropriate for dancers of all levels. We will respect your limits and hope that you feel comfortable with the time and work that you are willing to share (no prior experience is needed). You are expected to come, let loose, apply your best physical and mental effort, and have fun with your group. During the session, we will adopt techniques and receive the benefits of the practice of classical dance, while also incorporating more freedom in our range of movement.

Schedule

The series begins on October 15th, 2021

    • Each lesson is 90 minutes long.
    • This is a four-week workshop scheduled as follows:
      • Friday, October 15th (1:00pm CST / 6:00pm London)
      • Friday, October 22nd (1:00pm CST / 6:00pm London)
      • Friday, October 29th (1:00pm CST / 6:00pm London)
      • Friday, November 5th (1:00pm CST / 6:00pm London)

What to expect: Each session follows the traditional structure of a ballet class, placing emphasis on rhythm and musicality while also providing ample time at the barre and center work. All of this is done while adapting to your space at home and your unique situation. Students are provided with a challenging and engaging technique class within a fun, energetic, and supportive dance community. Dancers also explore more sophisticated combinations and incorporate turns, jumps, and more technically challenging sequences. Meanwhile, the free-flowing movement of contemporary dance will make it a unique learning and dance experience for each woman. Our Contemporary Ballet students seek to strengthen, tone and define key muscle groups, while developing firmness and creating a leaner body. This is a steady-paced dance class that is thorough, challenging, and fun. Emphasis is placed on technique, musicality, and placement. This virtual class is very dynamic, so dancers should be prepared to be in the video and to demonstrate when asked. Each week, we will discuss specific study units that will be reviewed progressively and homework will be assigned. 

Your Instructor: Danielle Garcia is a professional dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer from Brazil who graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Psychology from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Danielle has performed professionally with the Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, Erie Ballet Theatre, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and Pullmantur Cruise Lines. She has training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop genres and has performed as a soloist and a group member in both national and international competitions, such as Tanzolymp (Germany), Youth America Grand Prix (United States), and Festival de Joinville (Brazil). Danielle has been teaching ballet for 6 years and is really excited to be a ballet instructor for Ballet For Women. Learn more

Register

How it Works:  

  • You will receive an email with the access needed for all 4 sessions. This access is strictly for the registered student.
  • At the designated time, we will meet via Zoom for the entire class where we will:
    • Have a brief introduction to the class and troubleshoot any possible issues with your connection.
    • Enjoy 60 minutes of warm-up, exercises, and original choreography.
    • Finish the class with a 15 minute stretch and relaxation.
    • Be able to participate in a question and answer session with your instructor.
    • Receive homework for your next session.

What to Expect

  • Warm-up, workout, and cool down will be included (no need to do them on your own)
  • The pace of the class is moderate and your teacher will talk you through all the exercises, talk you through the combinations, and create a positive vibe to encourage all the students.
  • There is no loud music or audio/visual distractions. The barre and/or center work are set to classical piano music (pre-recorded).
  • The content will be presented in a clear and fun way that will make you absolutely fall in love with Ballet from day 1.
  • Remember that none of the Ballet for Women classes are based on competition or hype. Rather, we encourage an environment where women can feel supported and confident, so please be aware and help us create this healthy ecosystem for learning.
  • You should never be made to feel insecure or inadequate before, during, or after class. If this happens, please report it to the teacher immediately or LET US KNOW.

Equipment Requirements

  • Barre – A portable barre for your home studio is ideal, but any sturdy table or chair will do the job. Beginner and Intermediate classes place much of the focus of the class on perfecting your technique with the support of the barre, so make sure to use a sturdy fixture (weighted) to prevent moving, and thus avoid injuries.

 

  • Space Requirements – To be able to comfortably perform all combinations at the barre and the center work, we recommend dancers to use a space that is at least 4’x 4′ (at least 120′ cm x 120′). If this is not an option for you, any space where you can stand next to your barre (table, chair, portable barre, etc.) and able to fully extend your leg will suffice.

 

  • Flooring requirements – Please situate your dance space on a solid (non-carpet) surface but avoid slippery surfaces. Make sure that your grip on the floor is comfortable to correctly position your feet and move through the combinations without risk of slipping. Also make sure that your shoes are not creating too much friction against, for example, a high-pile carpet. 

 

  • Water bottle – Make sure to stay hydrated and have your bottle at arm’s reach so you don’t miss any part of your class!

What to Wear

  • Slippers – Ballet slippers are the best choice for footwear, and for good reason. Leather or canvas flat shoes are soft enough to dance in while helping you shape your feet. Thin socks are a good alternative. 

 

  • Comfortable clothes – Please bring clothes that fit comfortably (but not too loosely). Leotards and tights are great choices but are not required. For more tips on class attire, visit our FAQs section.

 

There is no strict dress code for this or any BFW class. However, we please ask students to wear clothing that is:

 

  • Comfortable and that allows you to move freely.
  • Makes you feel comfortable in your skin, never self-conscious (this is an environment to grow; never to retract).
  • Modest and not overly revealing to create a comfortable environment for everyone.

 

Aside from classical ballet dancewear, students typically wear activewear bottoms (e.g. yoga leggings or sweatpants) and a comfortable tank or t-shirt. If you are not sure what to wear, find support HERE

Class Schedule

  • Registration will be open up to 60 minutes before the class starts.
  • The session lasts 90 minutes and consists of:
    • 15-minute portion for testing, meet and greet, and more. This is the assigned time to get situated, test your audio and video, and gather materials. Class starts at the appointed hour, at which time the instructor will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.
    • 60-minute immersive session with a warm-up and cool-down included, so it is not necessary to do those on your own.
    • Optional 15-minute post-class session to share your feedback with your teacher and meet with other students. This is a very special time where we can exchange ideas and plan for the next class. Let’s make it fun and very positive.

Capacity & Policies

  • This is a group class limited to 15 students.
  • We require students to turn on their cameras to allow the teacher to make corrections and to encourage other students, as well as for the safety of our staff.
  • Unless otherwise noted, microphones must remain MUTED during class. There will be prompts for questions by the teacher at the appropriate times.
  • Please note that all BFW Classes via Zoom are recorded to ensure the quality of the lesson and the safety of all participants. However, these recordings will NEVER be made public or used for any type of dissemination without the express written consent of BFW and all participants of the class. Please find more information HERE.
  • To make the most of your class, please take care of your children, pets, deliveries, and other distractions before class.
  • Sorry, ‘no-shows’ are not refundable. For more information, please review our Refund Policy and Membership Policies.
  • If you have technical difficulties during your class, please review our Troubleshooting Guide.

Important Disclaimers

Any person who participates in dance classes provided by Ballet for Women does so at her own risk. She shall assume all risks involved, including but not limited to all cost, claim, injury, damage, or liability sustained while participating. Ballet for Women will not be held liable for any misfortune that may occur. By signing up for the class, you are agreeing to the above and are certifying that you are in good health and have consulted a doctor before beginning this dance program. Also, the information provided through this website does not constitute or replace the medical advice of a healthcare professional. If you have any questions, view our Medical Disclaimer or let us know.