Education and Outreach
Ballet Aligned faculty and guest instructors are striving to make this wonderful artform accessible to all with low cost or FREE programing! Don’t miss your chance to engage with ballet by attending our Story Time, or these FREE lectures in May!
"Try Ballet in May" Mini Lecture Series: As part of Ballet Aligned's "Try Ballet in May" month-long event, we are hosting a FREE lecture series about ballet and dance careers and adjacent careers! These lectures are only 30 minutes long and EVERYONE is welcome! Mark your calendars for Fridays in May from 4:30-5pm and join us in the Ballet Aligned studios!
May 20 - Choreography - the Work of Creating Ballet: Penny Saunders is the Resident Choreographer at The Grand Rapids Ballet where she has created many new works including her first full-length work, The Happy Prince and Other Wilde Tales. Saunders has received support from The New York City Ballet Choreographic Commissions Initiative, participated in The National Choreographers Initiative, and was the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship.This year alone, Penny Saunders, new mom of two and former professional dancer, will be creating new dance FILMS for Whim W’Him, BalletX, Ballet Idaho, Seattle Dance Collective, Grand Rapids Ballet, California Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Come learn from Penny about earning a living by coming up with the steps and concepts dancers perform on stage and in front of the camera!
May 27 - Preparing to Break into Professional Ballet: Steffanie Casperson, former professional dancer and director of Ballet Aligned, will walk aspiring dancers (and parents!) through what to expect in time commitments inside and outside of the studio, costs, and age-appropriate, progressive goals to help dance dreams become a reality. Come flesh out the vision of what it means to have a job dancing ballet with a company!
Geared for dancers of all ages, workshops are single or multi-class events that should significantly improve the dancing of every participant or enrich their dancing experience. They are taught by Ballet Aligned faculty and guest teachers and take place throughout the year during ballet school breaks.
Announcing a Ballet TEACHER Workshop Aug 5-6, 2022! Steffanie Casperson, former ballerina with Ballet West and Director of Ballet Aligned in Logan, UT, will be presenting a two-day Workshop focused on developing better ballet teachers. Not only have the dancers she's trained over the last 10 years consistently been offered placement and scholarships to summer programs with the country's best ballet companies, but she personally designed exercises and an in-class approach that unlocks key concepts and strength areas for better ballet dancing. Come learn her secrets and help your dancers improve their ballet skill!
"Try Ballet In May"
Come try a new studio, level, or teacher during the month of May without a long commitment and NO registration fee! The more classes you take the more affordable they are!
Mommy and Me Movement Classes and Mini Sessions
When dancers (and their attention spans) are small, Ballet Aligned offers 4 week classes serving as an introduction to ballet. Mommy and Me Movement and Story Times (age 2-5) are based on children's books and integrate imagination and movement to build physical skills. Mini Sessions (age 3-6) are based on the music, themes, and stories of famous classical ballets. As dancers engage with these masterpieces, they expand their dance skill and become familiar with simple ballet concepts. Mini Sessions are perfect as a stand-alone experience or can be an educational and delightful supplement to other dance training.
Geared to the intermediate or advanced dancer, these classes are scheduled with top professional teachers, and with specific goals for the dancer in mind. Classes are usually 2-3 hours in length and may include a Q&A before or after class.
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