Introduction to Ballet

From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet. No prior dance experience necessary and beginners are welcome. In this studio course students will learn the fundamentals of ballet, gaining an understanding of its physicality, artistry, and principles of alignment. Students will examine the historical origins of ballet and its absorption of cultural influences. Live music will be featured in this class and key in exploring the inextricable link between music and dance.

Sample reading list:
Robert GreskovicBallet 101, A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Ballet
Selma Jeanne CohenNext Week Swan Lake: Reflections and Dance and Dancing
Roland John WileyTchaikovsky’s Ballets: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty
Roland John WileyThe Life and Ballets of Lev Ivanov
E.T.A HoffmanNutcracker and Mouse King
Terry TeachoutAll in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine

Reading/Writing assignments:
Ongoing creative assignments (approx. 1 hour outside class/week); reading and viewing live and videotaped performances (approx. 3 hours outside classes/week); mandatory trip to NYC to view live performance; several short papers analyzing ballet and discussing dance based on readings and class work




Monday and Wednesday, 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm
185 Nassau Street, Room 120


Tina Fehlandt