What does the word "summer" mean to you, ballet-wise? A dance camp, plenty of intensives, a sweaty-hard preparation for your autumn exams? Or (like me), zero live ballet classes until September?
If that’s your case, too, what do you do these "empty" months when you miss ballet?
Have you tried taking ballet classes ...online? If you still haven’t, you will be surprised how many quality opportunities you will find!
Do you have a willpower for creating your own workout plan (and following it!)? Then there are so many totally free classes for you - just choose your own level and get started.
If you need some extra motivation to get up from the couch (like me), consider an online training with a live teacher, or buy a paid course - the fact that you paid money is usually a good motivation.
We asked ballerinas around the world to share their favorite online resources and are ready to share this list we've created together. Special thanks to Layla Alvey, a programmer and an adult ballerina frow Sweden, who was collecting a list like this for her own needs and generously shared it with us!
If we would have to choose only one online ballet source to suggest, that would be Kathryn Morgan’s Youtube channel. These 300+ videos presented by former soloist with the New York City Ballet, include literally everything, if you have the willpower for home-studying ballet. Tips, full barre classes of different levels, ballet technique, variations, workouts, targeted exercises and beauty.
Levels: intermediate, adult enthusiasts
Pricing: The youtube videos are free but if will you really fall in love with Kathryn Morgan’s teaching style, you can purchase a package of 100 full videos for $50 from her website.
LAZY DANCER TIPS
If ballet is your perfect kind of fitness and workout, the Lazy Dancer Tips by charming Alessia Lugoboni is what you are searching for. These 10-15 mins ballet workouts will become your favorite morning routines. On the website, you can also find workout plans based on your needs, tips and exercises to improve your ballet technique, balance and posture.
Levels: Beginners to intermediate
Pricing: Exclusive content of the Lazy Dancer Studio 11,50$/MO or 135,16$/YR
Lisa Howell runs a physiotherapy clinic in Australia, which focuses on the treatment and education of dancers. Her Youtube channel is a full and comprehensive encyclopedia of ANY issues, problems, injuries a dancer may face, and the ways of their treatment and prevention. If you are doing ballet at home without supervision, you simply HAVE to subscribe to Lisa Howells’ channel and consider purchasing her paid step-by-step physio courses. “if you start off with bad technique, it is VERY hard to UNLEARN this later on” - she says.
Of course, physiotherapeutic exercises are no fun. It’s a dull and long process, but if you feel like you need to stretch some muscles, improve your turnout or prepare for the pointe beginner class properly, challenge yourself to complete one of these step-by-step courses by Lisa Howell and you will definitely see the difference when you return to your ballet class.
Levels: Beginners to ballet teachers
Pricing: starting from $10 / video
SARAH ARNOLD, a.k.a. The Accidental Artist
The best thing about Sarah Arnold is that she is a passionate teacher - the ballet teacher of your dreams, so devoted, so creative, so interested in your progress. On her youtube channel, you will find lots of smart exercises, and ballet tools how-to’s, useful ballet technique tips. And if you, too, will feel like it’s your dream teacher, there are full ballet classes videos, for different levels, to purchase from Sarah’s website.
Ages: mostly adult ballet enthusiasts
Levels: medium to very high professional
Pricing: from $15/video
A ballet studio based in London that generously offers many freebies to the world community: the best part is their unique video vocabulary of different steps of ballet class - to learn, to revise, to practice, to repeat at home.
The steps and the combinations are described in great detail so that you can understand what your body is doing during the movement.
Age: children, teens, adults
Level: Beginner to advanced
Price: Full classes of all levels are available for purchase and immediate download (prices start from 4 GBP).
Mary Helen Bowers, a former ballerina with the New York City Ballet, has created her own fitness workout method “inspired by ballet and designed to give anyone a dancer’s toned, elongated and powerful physique”. If your goal for the summer is to get fit, this is what you want: you can choose between group or private classes (where you customize the program and the exercises based on your lever and your physical condition!), or purchase video-courses!
Ages: Mostly Adults
Price: 9,99$/Video, 39.99$/Month for workout classes
The legendary ballet dancer and teacher Finis Jhung (he turned 81 this spring!) has created his own innovative ballet technique. You can find lots of free videos on youtube to understand what’s it about and then there’s his website with this amazing search engine: you choose your level and issiues you are working on now, and it suggests you the related videos to purchase. You can even mention a certain pas you are working on right now - brilliant! If you are serious about your ballet career and feel like you need an inspiration of a living legend, there is an amazing option to meet Finis via skype, wherever in the world you are:
Age: All ages
Level: All levels: beginners to ballet teachers
Price: $17-30 a video, varies from the program and the classes you choose
Claudia Dean Coaching
Claudia Dean from Australia is a former dancer of The Royal Ballet. She runs a private ballet coaching business and has a great Youtube vlog. Browse through 70+ Claudia's videos and you will definitely find pieces to add to your bookmarks. to work on them later.
Levels: Claudia addresses to aspiring professionals, but anybody who is into ballet.
Chun Wai Chan
Chun Wai Chan is a principal dancer of the Houston Ballet. His Youtube channel Chunner fitness may be extremely interesting for male dancers.
Fortunately, the ballet vocabulary is international, so we can enjoy classes even if we don't understand the teacher's language. Do not ignore the following resources just because you don't know Russian or French or German - there are things to learn and enjoy!
DANCE SECRET (Russian)
If you still don't follow Dance Secret on Facebook, do it now. Ilya Kuznetsov and his spouse Sol are among the best ballet teachers in Moscow. Dance Secret is their ballet studio, world-famous for their drop-in ballet enthusiast classes. They generously turn their camera on for live translations of their everyday classes. Totally free. Despite of the fact that the class is in Russian, it's still so worth seeing! On their page, you will also find short video pieces from Vaganova's "Methodology of Classical Ballet (1946) documentary, each piece demonstrating one ballet pas in slow-motion.
Ages: mostly adult ballet enthusiasts
Levels: medium to very high professional
TYBAS DANCE CENTER (German)
A wonderful dance resource in German language. The dance center has a lot of online classes and videos for ballet, jazz, hip-hop and many other styles. They also organize summer intensive programs especially for ballet which offers an online platform where you can watch and follow it.
Age: Teen dancers (13-16 y.o)
Price: from 3,5 euro a month
Wayne Byars teaches an open advanced/professional ballet class in Paris. Love watching his ballet instructional videos (no matter they are in French). The best part is that Wayne Byars is a follower of the amazing Alexander technique: a somatic method for improving physical and mental functioning, and he integrates it into his ballet teaching methods.
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