Introduction to Embodied Ballet- Session 1: Part 1 with Marisa Castillo

Introduction to Embodied Ballet- Session 1: Part 1

Session 1:

Saturdays, September 12 - October 24, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

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Session 2:

Saturdays, November 7 - December 19, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

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Workshop Fee: $105
Drop In: $20

Embodied Ballet is the somatic based approach to learning ballet that was developed by the late great master teacher, Augusta Moore. This unique online workshop will be taught by Marisa Castillo, who assisted Augusta in developing this specialized somatic syllabus. By the end of the workshop, students will understand how beautifully classical ballet lends itself to somatic inquiry. This workshop will also introduce experimental anatomy as a pathway to understanding fundamental ballet principles.

The workshop will explore concepts such as:
• Meeting our external and internal environments
• Rekindling our relationship with the floor
• Utilizing the side seams of the body
• Finding your 3 Dimensional Self
• Finding harmony in alignment
• Showing the hidden beauty of the leg
• Discovering your passionate foot

Ballet Vocabulary in Session 1: Part 1

  • Basic Stance
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th position of the feet
  • Demi plie
  • Basic port de bras (carriage of the arms)
  • Tendu
  • Dégagé/Jeté
  • Demi/Full Rond de jambe
  • Introduction of Fondu and Frappé
  • coup-de-pied, demi jambe, and retiré
  • Elements of Adagio
  • Center Practice
  • Triplets, Waltz step
  • Chassé, Polka step
  • Elements of Turning
  • Simple jumps gently introduced


We will take these concepts to the barre and beyond! All of this empowers the student to start the study of ballet from a holistic perspective in which everybody is able to experience and feel the graceful inner beauty that ballet provides.