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2014 Dance Courses

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Teaching the Fundamentals of Children's Ballet Instructor Workshop

August 4 — 6, 2014 , M T W, 8:30 am — 2:30 pm
Kerry Hall 301, 710 East Roy St, Seattle, WA

This course is currently full. If you have any questions, please contact us. Make sure to specify which course you're writing about.

  • Ages
    18 +
  • Housing
    Not Available
  • Scholarships
    Not Available

What to Bring Lunch, clothing appropriate for dance and ballet shoes.

The foundation of teaching children’s ballet will be clearly demonstrated by observing children’s classes during Cornish College of the Art’s Summer Dance Program. Mornings will include class observation and afternoon seminars will address curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for children 3.5-8 years.

The 10 concepts of building strong classical ballet technique skills will be clearly defined: A, B, C’s of Anatomy, Tracking, Pull Up, Pelvic Soup, En Croix, Centric Initiation, Counting, Locomotion, Sequencing and Energy Dynamics. 

Strategies will be discussed on how you can apply these concepts in your classes to build a common vocabulary and framework to use as you introduce more advanced technical skills. Guest speakers will address ”The Language of Teaching” and “Raising the Barre“.

Christine Juarez

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Christine Juarez
Faculty and Summer Dance Coordinator

Christine is currently the Coordinator of Summer Dance for Cornish College of the Arts where she has taught ballet, pointe, creative movement and pre-ballet for the past 19 years. She also choreographs for Cornish’s pre-college apprentice company and is a fixture in children’s choreography and opera in the Seattle area. She is Director of Dance for Vashon Allied Arts and has been the Artistic Director of Blue Heron Dance Company, which she founded, for the past 13 years. Christine splits her time running dance programming between Vashon Island and Capitol Hill. She has been teaching for over 30 years. She studied ballet with John White, Margarita De Saa in Philadelphia and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Jacques Cesbron at Indiana University where she earned a B.S. in Ballet and Music and a M.S in Modern Dance and Physical Sciences under the direction of Bill Evans. Christine is a master artist in residence for the state of Washington and works collaboratively with classroom teachers bringing movement to the academic curriculum. She performed extensively throughout the Midwest and East Coast and is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier children’s choreographers.