Classical ballet: beginners

Course Dates: 15/01/19 - 02/04/19
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kate Scott

Suitable for the complete beginner or for those wanting to go back to basics. Develop knowledge and skill in this enjoyable adult ballet class which provides a fun and satisfying way to improve alignment, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination. A greater awareness of the body will be encouraged and the beauty of ballet discovered. The classes will also help to improve other dance styles you might be practising.


What is the course about?

This is a practical dance class. You will learn the basic technique of classical ballet which includes; correct posture, specific placement of the body and fundamental exercises within short routines. You will also gain greater strength and flexibility. The class will follow a traditional structure of barre and centre practice.

What will we cover?

The topics follow a traditional teaching structure of barre, centre practice, adage and allegro work. Barre work helps to improve posture, alignment and flexibility. Centre work will work on co-ordination, improving stamina and at the same time understanding the basic technique and style.
These elements will be taught using a range of ballet exercises and combinations. Elements of Floor Barre and Pilates will be introduced and will lead to increased awareness and ability with regard to co-ordination, balance, rhythm, dynamics and musicality. We will use this learning to practise a range of short dance enchainment’s (combinations), hoping to build to a routine by the end of term to experience the liberation of dancing. You will become familiar with the standard French vocabulary used in ballet.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Perform a range of basic and compound steps.
Develop improved co-ordination and body alignment.
Recognise improved strength, stamina and flexibility.
Use and appreciate the music and its function.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This class is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

A beginner’s dance class isn’t just for newcomers. In any beginner’s dance class there will be student’s from all types of backgrounds. We all have different learning techniques and paces. If your first class seems overwhelming and you can’t get it the first time, don’t worry: dance is heavily reliant on repetition so it will happen. We want you to learn and to have fun so just give it your best and keep coming back!

In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This class is tutor led. Teaching will include practical class work,strengthening exercises, stretches for flexibility, discussion, observation and supportive feedback for individual and group awareness. The standard French vocabulary will be introduced and used. No work is required outside of class.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Tights. Leotard or clothing that does not restrict movement will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly. Ballet shoes either canvas or leather with elastics. Jock straps should be worn by men. Students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. No jewellery to be worn during class.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Classical Ballet Beginner's, Improver's, Ballet at the Barre and Floor Barre classes.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 9 item(s)

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The classess are brilliant and the environment is really friendly. The teacher is very skilled and works hard to make us enjoy the class while we learn.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
This course is serious about teaching you the basics of classical ballet but is hugely enjoyable.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
A great class for those that are complete beginners or wanting to get back into Ballet. Very friendly and not intimidating. I really look forward to this class each week.
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Review by Jamie / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
This is a good course for anyone interested on classic ballet. It gives the student the first tools for gaining knowledge on vocabulary (French) of the different steps and postures of classic ballet. Gaining on ballet barre's routines and musicality during centre work and progressing on them is a good start
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Review by Char / (Posted on 06/12/2018)
I have done classes in several London and Edinburgh ballet and dance schools, colleges etc. but the Build stands out for sheer professionalism.

Teaching staff and students always engaging and friendly.

A pure joy.

Thank you!
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Review by RonMc / (Posted on 14/06/2017)
There can be no better way to start the week than with this Ballet Beginner's Class. The tutor is so encouraging, kind, patient and manages to give individual feedback to every single one of us in the class, all learning at different paces. I cannot recommend more highly.
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Review by JMc / (Posted on 08/02/2017)
I am a complete beginner, in my 40s, I didnt do ballet when I was younger. The tutor is really supportive and precise. I have learned loads and I am only half way through my first term. The class is mixed in age and ability, but I never feel excluded from the class. Thank you.
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Review by New Girl / (Posted on 13/05/2016)
[The Tutor] is a fantastic teacher: she is passionate, knowledgeable, funny, precise and more importantly challenges and encourages you to do better.
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Review by Antonella / (Posted on 17/02/2016)
Great course and great teacher! I learnt something new every class. I cannot believe how much progress I have made since first coming to ballet at the CityLit
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Review by Margot Fonteyn / (Posted on 13/04/2015)

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Course Code: DDB008

Please choose a course date 

Tue, day, 15 Jan - 02 Apr '19

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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