Meet our New Guest Artist! Gema Diaz!

I just spoke to Gema.  I am so excited to announce she has agreed to teach a masterclass for students Saturday, August 1st from 10 am to noon.  Please email and spread the news to all students, that we want to introduce her and that we want observers and dancers from Kinderballet and the intermediate through advanced levels to take class- although the younger ones may want to stop at the one hour point.

~Conni Berns 

 

Gema Diaz is going to teach for us in the Fall!!  To celebrate our new association with this amazing guest artist we are inviting everyone to join us in this Masterclass with Gema!  Come meet Gema and enjoy an amazing class!  There is no cost for this class so spread the word and come welcome Gema to AvO Ballet!

Watch this about Gema!

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Teaching Ballet

Following in the steps of our founder, Anneliese von Oettingen, I am excited to announce the Teacher Training Workshop  this summer.  We encourage  teenagers with a background in ballet and adults who desire to teach ballet to join me for the five day intensive .  We present the information for teaching pre-ballet students(ages three to six) and ballet one( beginning ballet ages six and up).  We intend  to continue the intensive  with ballet two and a pre-point workshop next summer.  We welcome students from other studios, parents, and any interested dancers to call for information.

In addition to dealing with the appropriate steps for each stage of learning we will organize the  new teacher to successfully teach through our methods.

No, this short workshop cannot replace years of correct ballet training, but everyone needs to start learning to teach correct ballet technique to reduce student injury.  Correct training can also reduce hours of retraining from bad habits.  I recommend a course like this for any teachers of dance or cheer that might want to improve their students’ technique.  Starting at the youngest ages with proper jump and foot technique will control both ankle and knee alignment.  Of course,  teachers must be meticulous in correcting  students from the first times they point their toes.  And we correct teachers, even as to what we mean when we use the word, “Corrections”.

It is often thought, that a correction is saying,”NO” , being harsh, and  causing everyone to run crying home to mama.  In our system, it is being kind by giving information to each student about the correct way to do each step, each way to properly place the foot or the body.  Sometimes we do the wrong way, then let the student move their own body into the right position, such as when we do turnout.  “Turn in, Turn out, Turn in, Turn out,”    is one way  we teach a correction so that students can realize the words and body positions when the term is learned.

Another element to teaching is the question of what to teach.  Our system has a specific structure, but allows for the teacher to develop their own artistic style, which we demonstrate  as part of the workshop, as well as discussing formation of lesson plans and bringing stories into the format of the classical ballet steps.

I would like to see any students from our advanced classes consider signing up for this seminar.  They would then be eligible to assist in any of my classes as an assistant, to later be asked to teach when ready.

Anneliese, my Mother’s,  words of wisedom  ring in my ears, as I leave this thought with you:

“Wherever you live in a city or town, however you find yourself, when you have learned a field of ART, you have a profession.  You, my daughter,  will learn ballet, and learn to teach, and you can always  collect the children in the neighborhood, move the chairs against the wall, turn on the music, teach ballet, and collect $10.  That will be your supper for tonight.  I give you food on the table, and you will never starve, and your children will have food.”

Words from a wise woman who carried two children across war-torn Germany and opened a ballet studio in Cincinnati in 1948.