Wednesdays, June 6-27
Series Fee: $65.00
Drop In: $18.00
This 4-week workshop will focus on a different topic each class. Taken from what Advanced Beginning Ballet students have requested, the subjects range from Classical arm positions to Grande Allegro combinations.
With an hour each week, students have the opportunity to slow down, ask questions, and luxuriate in a newfound understanding of the ballet steps that make up a class.
Appropriate for all levels of ballet.
Marika Brussel studied on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School and at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. She performed with Joffrey Concert Group, Ballet Theatre of New Mexico, Napoles Ballet Theatre and Alameda Ballet, dancing Principle roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Retazos.Marika also choreographed Cut Throat, which was performed by Ballet Theater of New Mexico. She earned an MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and taught college writing at Hunter College, the College of Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico. She taught at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, and in the public schools in New York, New Mexico and in Berkeley.
Marika has worked with students from age 2 through 101. She teaches dance to people with Parkinson's, and through the Institute on Aging. Marika teaches pre-professional ballet at Berkeley Ballet Theater and Alameda Ballet. She believes that the arts have the power to transform lives. She strongly feels that all bodies can tell a story through their movements, and that everyone can gain confidence, ease, and intense joy through dancing. Throughout her teaching career, she has been deeply influenced by her own teachers, most recently by Augusta Moore.