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4-Part Series for ALL Dance Educators

Ballet for the Jazz Dancer


Join master teacher, Michael Taylor, for a course designed to make ballet approachable for the jazz dancer. This course is focused on helping dance educators make ALL their dancers the best they can be. Michael is well-versed in current day studio culture and needs and the challenge of creating a well-rounded dancer vs. a ballet dancer, so the four sessions concentrate on improving the technique of ALL your studio’s dancers.  Time is spent sharing technical tips and suggestions to assist classroom teachers in their work of educating young dancers.

ONLY $79

Ballet Barre Basics, Part One
Session 1

This session will break down plié, tenduè, degaggè - with beginner, intermediate and advanced options. Focus is given to sharing combinations that can easily be adapted for the classroom at different levels. In addition, work is done on placement/accuracy and helping the student to apply these principals in the classroom. There is also positive discussion on "making mistakes." It’s part of the learning process, and it is important fort the dancer, as well as the teacher to understand this.

Take it to the Center
Session 3
Session 3 focuses on center floor combinations and tips for beginning through the advanced dancers, including tenduè, degaggè, pirouette, petite allegro and more! Work is done on jumping with turning for the beginning to advanced dancer. There is also focus on placement/alignment. This session incorporates a discussion on the reality that each dancer learns at a different pace, and ways to make that situation easier in the classroom.

Ballet Barre Basics, Part Two
Session 2

Building off the principals in session one, there is more work plié, tenduè and degaggè options, as well as rond de jambè, rond de jambè en lair, passè combinations, and grandè battement, etc. Patterns are demonstrated that help with both technique and the mind! A win win! There is concentration on other technical combinations to incorporate into the classroom right away. Time is given for discussion about some of Michael's favorite combinations which he recommends for the beginning, intermediate and advanced classes.

Let's Get Grande
Session 4
This session dives into grandè allegro combinations and tips that help the beginning through advanced dancer improve their ballet technique in all areas of dance. Time is spent on how to improve the transition steps that make the “big things” even better, by focusing on a few important details along with work on elevation on jumps in all age groups. Finally, placement - and why it is important and will help every dancer to improve.

  • Includes links to resources & handouts for each lesson!