Classical Ballet Workshop
June 22nd-23rd from 9am-5pm plus a Saturday performance .
Intermediate/Advanced ballet students with a minimum of 1 year of pointe work.
Cost is $100 for the weekend
Would you like to fine-tune your technique, learn challenging traditional variations, pas de deux work and choreography?
This weekend you will start each day with a technique and pointe class from the renowned Vagonova syllabus. This technique emphasizes clear and specific epaulment, and strength and control for repetitive work from one foot. Challenging adagio and petite allegro work as well as complex turn combinations will take your dancing to another level!
During lunch you will be taught the story and history behind the ballet Raymonda and during the afternoon you will be learning variations, pas de deux and corps de ballet work from the ballet. Not only will you be studying choreography, but style, theatrical presentation and dancing from the heart will be emphasized, helping to bring you to a more mature level of commanding the stage. You will learn to dance as a team with your partner, and unify your understanding of the story you are telling together. Sunday afternoon, you will perform the works that you have studied in an intimate setting for family and friends. Seasoned dancers Liz Dimmel and Peggy Ply will navigate you through this journey with laughter, love and years of expertise, producing in you an energized and much stronger dancer!
This class could be considered an audition for the Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre Company or Trainee Program.
Liz Dimmel was the principle dancer and choreographer of “David” for Bethlehem 2000 and Jerusalem 3000 in Israel, and danced with the 1994 and 1995 “Young Messiah Tour.”
Liz was the principal dancer for the Center City Ballet, performed two years with the Kansas City Ballet, and created the ballet curriculum for Mimeistry International College in Pasadena, CA. With 25 years of study from a wide variety of teachers (Ballet Rousse, Royal Winnipeg, Royal English Ballet), Liz is considered a national leader in Christian dance ministry and teaches in conferences across the country.
Liz began her ballet education under Tatiana Dokodovska at UMKC, and completed her studies with Jean and Ekhardt Heidrick, principal dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
She began her professional career performing two years with the Kansas City Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with the Center City Ballet.
Since devoting her gifts to the Lord, Liz has created a number of original Christian ballets: The Mystery of Christmas, The Power and the Glory, A Call to Repentance, The Book of Ruth, Dethroning the Prince, and Thy Kingdom Come (performed live with recording artist Steve Fry).
Liz created the ballet curriculum for Mimeistry International College in Pasadena, California, and has worked to create a version of the Russian Vagonova syllabus for DT School of the Arts that is compatible with the American lifestyle.
She has also traveled extensively as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and clinician covering much of the United States, Japan and Israel. She also spent two years dancing with the national “Young Messiah Tour” and appears in Ron Kenoley’s worship video “Sing Out.”
Liz, known for her “passionate pointe work”, compelling choreography, and encouraging teaching style of more than 20 years, is considered a national leader in Christian dance ministry bringing a message of hope and redemption to the nations through Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre and teaching at conferences worldwide.
Peggy Plywas on the faculty of the Somerset Ballet and the Westport Ballet as well as being one of eight original dancers in the professional wing of the Kansas City Ballet, founded by Tatiana Dodoudovska.She was a dance major at Texas Christian University, and performed in several ballet companies touring throughout Texas and Mexico.
She received her ballet training from renowned teachers from Ballet Russe and the Russian Ballet.
Tentative Class Schedule:
9:00-10:30 Technique class
10:45-11:45 Pointe class
12:00-1:00 Lunch and History
1:00-2:45 Pas de deux
9:00-10:30 Technique class
10:45-11:45 Pointe class
1:00-3:00 Corps pieces
Step 1~ Fill out our Registration form for each participant.
Step 2~ Pay either online or include check with registration form.
Step 3~ Mail Registration form to:
Grandview, Mo. 64030
Download DT Summer Workshop Registration.
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I love how Caitlin knows every child — their strengths and weaknesses — and knows how, who and when to push into the next level.
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