Course overview

Do you want to dance for a week with like minded devoted students, under the guidance of expert teachers?
Not only have fun, but feel yourself improve and progress each day.
Deep dive into ballet technique and artistry.

Consolidate your technique and set yourself up for autumn!

If this sounds good, read on!

Dates: 14 (Sunday) - 20 (Saturday) July, 2019

Venue:
14 - 19 July: West London School of Dance. 58 Bulwer Street, London W12 8AP
20 July: The Urdang, The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RP

Transport:
West London School of Dance: Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line, London Overground) / Shepherd’s Bush Market (Circle, Hammersmith & City)
The Urdang: Angel (Northern Line) or Farringdon (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Thameslink trains)

 

Content:
Daily timetable is planned to be as follows, subject to change:

Day 1 (Sunday)
9-10am Check in
10-10:30am Orientation
10:30am-11:30am EBAS
11:40-1:10pm Ballet Class
1:10-2:10pm Lunch
2:10-3:25pm Alignment Workshop
3:25-3:55pm Foot Workshop
4-4:30pm Stretch

Day 2-6 (Monday - Friday)
9:15-10:15am EBAS
10:20-11:45am Ballet Class
11:55-1:10pm Men's technique / Pointe & Variation Int / Lunch Adv
1:20-2:35pm Pointe & Variation Adv / Lunch Int
2:45-4pm Workshop
4:05-5:00pm Group choreography
5:05-5:30pm Stretch

Day 7 (Saturday) @ The Urdang
9:15-10:15am EBAS
10:20-11:35am Ballet Class
11:45am - 12:15pm Men’s
12:15pm - 12:45pm Group choreography
12:45pm - 1:15pm Variation Adv
1:15-1:45pm Variation Int
1:45-3pm Lunch
3-5pm Studio Performance
 
Note: Pointe Intermediate and Advanced time slots alternate through the week. Full timetable will be emailed to participants.


Fee

Full day program is £500.

Short day option:
EBAS + ballet class: £200
Ballet class only: £120

Add pointe / mens: £85
Add workshop: £85
Add rep: £80

Please refer to this page for full payment details.


Entry Requirements

There is no audition process for this course. However we do require participants to have had experience in ballet.

You will be asked to indicate where your training is at on the application form. This is to allow for our teachers to plan the classes.


EBAS

Instructor: Scott Putman

We will start each day with EBAS. EBAS stands for Elemental Body Alignment System, a series of exercises designed for structural integrity and supported range of motion. Through anchoring and initiating movements via the pelvis, the body discovers its ability to efficiently articulate movement through experiential anatomy.

The work deepens the students understanding of where movement comes from, how to align the body and to build a physical consciousness of open pathways of energy for movement. The system helps the learner to override the central nervous system creating new neuromuscular firings supporting a greater understanding of sensorial technique.

For further information, visit the EBAS website here.

This short video shows Scott explaining what EBAS is, how it works, and how it is able to improve ballet technique.


Ballet Class

Instructor: Natalie Krapf, Scott Putman

Ballet technique class will follow EBAS. We do not have an audition for the program but it is necessary to have had experience in ballet, to a minimum of Intermediate level.

2 levels will be available for ballet technique. For purposes of planning please indicate on the application form where your training is at.

  1. 1 year+ training. Understanding of the basic body positions, port de bras. Working on single pirouettes, two foot jumps.

  2. 2 year+ training. Progressing on spatial awareness, body positions, body alignment and connecting steps. Progressing on single pirouettes, travelling pirouettes and two foot jumps.

  3. 4 year+ training. Ability to understand and pick up moderately complex combinations. Adding epaulment in the centre and performing adage elements on one leg. Starting to try for double pirouettes, grand pirouettes in attitude and arabesque, one foot jumps and simple batterie in allegro.

  4. 6 year+ training. Combinations getting longer and complex with change of direction. Single and double pirouettes are strong, more batterie in allegro, incorporating the use of head and port de bras.

  5. 8 year+ training. Long and complex combinations with change of direction and intricate timing. Double and triple pirouettes are strong, able to move through all the body positions in combination. Incorporating batterie in long allegro combinations.


Pointe & Variations

Instructor: Natalie Krapf

2 levels will also be available for pointe work. We believe a smaller class size will be beneficial as more individual attention can be provided. We want everyone to enjoy the class, dance safely and to keep a consistent pace.

Pointe shoes are not mandatory for this class. Those without pointe experience can take this class in soft ballet shoes. We request that students to have had pointe experience in order to take this class en pointe, and may request students to change into soft shoes should safety become an issue.

Students can also opt to take pointe technique in pointe shoes but do the variation in soft ballet shoes.

The session will be a pointe class at the beginning of the week. The focus will be on building up towards a classical variation, to be performed at the end of the week.

For purposes of planning please indicate on the application form where your training is at for pointe work:

  1. 2-footed work (rises, relevés, échappés and posé / piqué) facing the barre.

  2. 2-footed work sideways to the barre, 2-to-1 footed work facing the barre. 2-footed work in the centre.

  3. 2-to-1 footed work sideways to the barre and in the centre. Working on pirouettes and travelling pirouettes.

  4. 1-to-1 footed work (1 to same leg and 1 to other leg) sideways to the barre and in the centre. Pirouettes are strong and working on doubles. Working on hops en pointe.


Men's Class

Instructor: Scott Putman

Men's class will concentrate on men's virtuoso technique, and also working towards a men's variation to be performed at the end of the week.


Workshops

Instructor: Scott Putman, Natalie Krapf

Workshops are an opportunity to deep dive into individual aspects of ballet technique. The following topics will be explored throughout the week with Scott:

  • Alignment

  • Use of neck and head

  • Use of shoulder and arms

  • Pirouettes

  • Adage

  • Allegro

Natalie will lead a workshop discussing use of feet for pointe at the beginning of the course. This workshop will also be useful for gents in terms of foot strengthening.


Group Repertoire

Instructor: Scott Putman

Students will learn a piece of group choreography.


Stretch

Instructor: Scott Putman

Each day ends with a stretch and restorative session.


Performance

On the last day of the course, we will stage a performance of the variations and group choreography in the studio. A limited number of friends and family would be invited to watch due to space restrictions.

The performance will be filmed and shared with participants after the course.

Performing in either the variations and group choreography are highly encouraged but not mandatory.


Private Lessons

Private lessons will be available at £35 for 30mins. You can book multiple private lessons through the course, subject to availability.


Prefer a shorter day? Or you can only join us for a few days of the course? We can tailor the program for you and discount the fee accordingly.

Contact us for a discussion and we will make adjustments for you.

* Refer a friend discount can still apply.

Flexible Options


Feedback from 2018

Here are what some of our participants said about our course in 2018:

I was very satisfied with the course and particularly being able to apply the EBAS principles in class on a daily basis. The class format was relatively basic but that enabled focus on the technique and I felt stronger, injury-free and energised at the week’s end.
Really enjoyed it. Something residential would have been better if possible. It all went very smoothly. Well done May for organising such a great course.
I liked having the opportunity to participate in part of the course, allowing me to benefit from the classes on my own terms. I found the level to be right for me throughout the week. I thought it was great to have a much slower day.


Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the program, and dancers are responsible for making their own arrangements.


Lunch

Lunch is not included in the program. We suggest participants bring a packed lunch daily.