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Teen Ballet: A Classical Ballet Technique Class

In this one-time class, study the correct fundamentals of Ballet technique through classical barre and center work exercises.
Laura Cohen
79 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
90 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

The goal of this class is to provide older dancers with practice and repetition of Ballet technique. As a dance educator for the last 10 years, my specialty is bringing traditional/classical Ballet training to the non-traditional classroom. 

Many studios do not offer classes for older beginners or older intermediate/advanced students. I would like to use Outschool as an opportunity to provide more dancers access to classical Ballet education. 

This course would also provide excellent supplemental education for students lacking access to extra Ballet training. I recommend all my students take Ballet 2-3 days per week. However, many studios only offer Ballet once per week for their level. This class would offer an additional day of Ballet training for students and accelerate their progress. 

At the end of this class, students will be able to: 
-	Name Ballet movements with proper dance terminology
-	Understand and implement good posture, turnout and alignment while dancing
-	Execute Ballet steps with an understanding of proper technique
-	Move the body according to the rhythm and style of the music
-	Count music in basic 8 count patterns
-	Experience the difference and benefits of classical Ballet training
My name is Mrs Laura and I’ve been working as an educator and dance instructor for the last 10 years. I was trained classically for over 14 years in many styles including Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz and Tap. I am currently working with students as a private lesson Ballet and Pointe coach. Teaching Ballet is a big passion for me. With a college degree in Sociology and Education, my unique teaching style emphasizes creating clear, concise patterns for students to learn dance steps quickly and easily. I like to explain my dance steps in ways that reinforce auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning. This alleviates frustration and makes learning fun and exciting. I also believe the words of Aristotle who says, “Education of the mind, without education of the heart, is no education at all.” So, all of my classes are filled with lots of social and emotional support. I want all of my students to walk away from my classes excited, confident and ready to share what they have learned with others. This is what makes learning to dance so fun!
Students will be given recommendations, during class, of exercises to practice at home. These exercises should take no more than 5-10 min per day. Progress in dance happens outside the classroom. Good dance training involves regular and consistent practice and conditioning. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
For the Ballet Barre portion of this class, a traditional Ballet Barre is best, however not everyone has a Ballet Barre at home. Students may use various things in their home for upright support. Some ballet barre alternative examples include cabinet counters and kitchen islands. Be sure that whatever you use to support yourself is secure and safe. Wobbly furniture would not be safe for this use. It must be strong and supported. If using a chair, be sure to place the chair against a wall to provide greater stability and support. Anything that is able to slide on the floor would be unsafe for this use.
Students will be monitored throughout the class and given corrections as needed. Corrections will always be given through empathy/kindness and offered to the class as a whole. This alleviates embarrassment of being singled out in class. Gentle and encouraging teaching practices are very important to me. 
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Prep for you class! Take note of the things listed below to ensure the best learning experience:  
- Class will begin promptly at the designated start time. Be sure to log in a little early to avoid technical issues. In order to provide good teaching practices, the instructor will not be able to help you with individual technology concerns. 
- Students should set up for class in an open space. They will need room to move around without bumping into any furniture or large objects. It is also a good idea to remove toys or other clutter from the dancing area. Legos/Barbie Shoes hurt to step upon and books are easy to slip on. So be sure their area is safe to move around in. 
- This class can be learned on a soft or hard floor surface (carpet, tile, wood, etc). However, be sure that the floor is not too slick where your child could easily fall. 
-When setting up your space, please see the Supply List section of this class for reccomendations on alternatives to a traditional Ballet Barre. They will need something to hold onto, but please see this description to find something that will work safely. 
- Students should dress in comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and form fitting to your body. Sweat pants or loose baggy clothing would not be practical. Proper dance attire (leotard, tights, ballet skirt) is also welcome, but not required. 
- Students should pull all hair up and away from their face and secure it with a hair tie or other hair accessories. 
- Students may use proper dance shoes for this class (leather/canvas ballet slippers). However, these are not required. Bare feet would also be appropriate. Socks can be very slick on hard floor surfaces, so be sure you are safe. 
 - This class will include warm up, cool down, stretching, and injury prevention. As with any exercise class, parents are encouraged to monitor student activity. Please note that you are solely responsible for your child's safety and well-being. The instructor will not be responsible for any injury in or outside of class time. 
- Feel free to keep water nearby for your child. Students will be given short breaks during the lesson, but feel free to take a break at anytime as needed. This is your class time and it should be comfortable for you. 
- This list has included a lot of heavy information. Please note that encouragement and praise are the most important part of the learning process. You, as a parent, have the wonderful authority to influence your child's excitement while learning something new.  Encourage your child throughout their learning process, and remind them that learning new things can take time/practice. I will encourage this too, but sometimes hearing if from parents can reinforce comfortable learning environments.


Laura CohenDance Teacher - Ballet & Pointe Coach - Home School Educator
79 total reviews
76 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is Mrs.Laura and I am a dance teacher, full-time homeschool mom, and artist. I have a college degree in Sociology and Education. And I was trained classically in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern and Tap for over 14 years. I've worked... 
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