Workshop Details Absolute Beginner Ballet with Mary Burns & Martha Chapman

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Absolute Beginner Ballet with Mary Burns & Martha Chapman Absolute Beginner Ballet with Mary Burns & Martha Chapman
Martha Chapman Jun 18, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019; Tue

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Class Description



6-session “Intro-to-Ballet” workshop; each 1.5- hour session starts with Pilates for Dancers® exercises designed to prepare students for the ballet vocabulary covered that day. Mary is a fully certified Pilates equipment instructor & dance instructor of many forms, with a specialty in cross- training to address correct alignment, flexibility & strength issues common to dance students regardless of level, but particularly appropriate for beginning students. Martha has taught ballet at many levels but specialized in breaking down dance elements into physical coordinations and thought patterns to build dance technique for the Beginning/Advanced Beginning student. Students get a hand-out with ballet vocabulary and Pilates exercise regimens each week; material from the ballet lexicon covers beginning barre work, port-de-bras, adagio vocabulary, pirouette technique and a selection of both petit and grand allegro movements. This workshop is a great preparation for taking beginning ballet, jazz, modern or contemporary dance classes, and will GET YOU DANCING! Mary and Martha both believe that anyone can dance - including you! See you in the studio!

Mary Burns Bio



An instructor of movement for almost thirty years in both higher education & the professional dance studios throughout NYC, Texas, & Chicago including Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, & Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, Mary now works with NYC’s wellness and dance community regularly in injury prevention/rehabilitation. A perpetual student, Mary has had the pleasure of studying with such masters as Janet Soares, Irene Dowd, Lynn Simonson, Bill Evans, and Karen Clippinger. With a Ph.D. in Dance Education from NYU, she is also certified in Simonson dance technique, Evans/Bartenieff technique, and is a BASI full apparatus Pilates for Dancers Specialist, with the additional PMA certification since 11/2010, and she has been a Pilates addict herself for three decades! Mary’s career is dual-fold; assist dancers in technique improvement to decrease rate of injury; and increase teacher knowledge in anatomy, kinesiology & movement analysis, for safer teaching from the start!

Martha Chapman Bio



She performed with NYC Opera Ballet, NJ Ballet, Eugene Ballet in Oregon, Ontario Ballet Theater, in the Edinburgh Festival, with Cork City Ballet in Ireland and at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors with a repertory spanning classics like The Sugar Plum Fairy to “Shakers” by American modern-dance pioneer Doris Humphrey and works by Graham and Hawkins company members. She is a Co- Director for Omega Dance Company where she has performed and choreographed for almost 20 years and has choreographed and set works for the National Cathedral in Washington DC, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Ignatius of Loyola and other settings. She directs Dance Ministries at The Church of the Village whose famous annual Christmas Pageant features tap-dancing sheep, and where Omega is now an Artist-in-Residence.

Workshop Fees



Full 6-Class Workshop: $132.00
Workshop will NOT be pro-rated if student registers after the first day of class. Registrations ends June 25.


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