The Marblehead School of Ballet (MSB) will be celebrating its 51st season with workshops and special classes designed to meet the interests of children, teens and adults of all abilities. A range of classes, workshops and events from ballet to ballroom dancing are planned for the 2022-2023 year in studio and live online. The studio is located at 115 Pleasant Street in scenic Marblehead, Massachusetts.
“Our 51st season places us in the great tradition of ballet. It is a traditional art form passed down from generation to generation: from teacher to student, from older generation to the younger generation,” said Paula K. Shiff, director of Marblehead. Ballet school. “Over time, the student becomes the teacher and the art form continues. Every person who has passed through our studio has helped maintain our tradition. The Marblehead School of Ballet thanks you all and we look forward to the coming.”
51st Season Special Workshop Series
To celebrate the 51st season, four special workshops will be presented. The first workshop features the Monthly Dance Adventure, covering four short Sevillanas dances by popular Sevillanas Corraleras from Seville, Spain. Sevillanas are the earliest form of dance, enjoyed solo, in duos or in groups. They are danced at celebrations, festivals and parties!
The workshop meets monthly on Sundays, September 11, October 8, November 13, and December 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. Students of all levels, from 12 years old, are welcome. No previous dance experience is required. Carlos Fittante, principal dancer and co-choreographer of the Boston Early Music Festival and artistic director of BALAM Dance Theater in New York, teaches this enriching workshop.
The second spotlights Broadway in the “Theater Arts Workshop,” a six-week series with Karen Marie Pisani, the former dance captain and National Touring Company performer of A Chorus Line under the direction of Michael Bennett. Learn what theater kids do in New York! This theater workshop for ages seven to ten will create a Broadway atmosphere, where all forms of dance, voice and acting are learned and practiced. The six-week series runs on Tuesdays from October 4 to November 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In the third featured series, Ivan Korn teaches Modern Dance Technique, a four-session modern dance workshop with an emphasis on learning a two-minute choreography. Students, ages 12 and up, will develop spatial awareness, an understanding of the fundamentals of music, rhythm and rhythm, and the phrasing of dance movement. The workshop takes place on Saturdays, from October 15 to November 12, from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. No classes will take place on October 29.
Korn, a native of Santiago, Chile, earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography at the Boston Conservatory and has performed in New England at the Boston Center for the Arts, Joyce SoHo in New York, and Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, Massachusetts. .
In the final workshop, dancer Eddie Lempitski returns to school to give a Polish folk dance class on Saturday November 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students will learn to dance the Polish dance, the Polonaise. Lempitski, an MSB graduate and former performer of the North Shore Civic Ballet, was a member of Boston’s Krakowiak Polish Dancers and performed throughout North America and Poland.
Registration for these workshops can be done online at marbleheadschoolofballet.com/classes/schedule/. Workshops are delivered in-studio and live online. To participate, call 781-631-6262 or contact [email protected]
New course season
Adopting a motto of quality education, MSB provides individual attention and works with people to achieve their goals. The school’s program offers classes to meet the needs of seasoned dancers, as well as amateur and up-and-coming dancers of all ages. Children, teens and adults find a range of opportunities available to suit their interests. The new season offers classes for all ages and levels in ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, variations, modern and creative movement, stretch and strength, ballroom, swing, Argentine tango, Latin solo work and tai chi . Students can enroll in courses full-time or on a continuing basis. Drop-ins are welcome. Check the schedule at bit.ly/MSBschedule.
Private and semi-private lessons are also available live online and in the studio for dancers of all ages and levels by appointment. Lessons are available for creating a fun dance at a couple’s wedding, preparing for a sports competition, developing skills for a dance performance, training for college auditions, training for a sport, working on alignment and coordination or seek further instructions. Private lesson information is available at bit.ly/2CtETn6.
MSB operates year-round and offers open registration on a rolling basis. Although students are welcome to start at any time, prior registration is required. To register for a class or for more information, visit www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com, call 781-631-6262, or contact [email protected]
About Marblehead Ballet School
Celebrating its 51st year, The Marblehead School of Ballet, founded in 1971 by Paula K. Shiff, has earned a wide reputation for excellence in training and integrity of purpose. Classical ballet forms the core of instruction with particular emphasis on correct alignment and the development of strength and agility. The pure enjoyment of dance and music is always at the heart of the classroom experience.
The graded basic program for children includes lessons in ballet technique with advanced work on repertoire and pointes. The school also offers a modern dance department, classes for young children in creative movement, and improvisation and technique classes for older students. A full range of adult courses is offered.
MSB is home to the North Shore Civic Ballet Company (NSCB). The NSCB gives concerts and a variety of educational programs for schools; all are suitable for different age groups and levels of development.
For more information, call 781-631-6262, email [email protected] or visit www.marbleheadschoolofballet.com.
Photo credit: Peter A. Smith