About Ballet Intermediate with Michelle Ballentyne
Classes start on Tue 9 Jan 2024 and run until Tue 26 March 2024 (excluding Tue 13 Feb due to half term)
This is a light-hearted and enjoyable experience for dancers who have a solid foundation in classical ballet.
If you’re looking to build movement vocabulary while retaining longer and more complex sequences, this class offers options for both. The focus on the relationship between music and dance creates a unique and engaging experience that will leave you feeling accomplished and inspired. Recommended if you have over 3 years ballet experience.
Using rhythm and accent, the class aims to enhance muscle control and performance quality, all while being accompanied by pianist Andrew Wass.
- Enrol for the term for £140.00 to save and guarantee your place or drop-in for £14.00 per class (concessions available)
- We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any access requirements to ensure our classes are delivered in the most inclusive way possible. You can find an outline of our access information here.
- Please arrive on time - unfortunately we are unable to accommodate participants who are more than 15 minutes late as the warm-up is an important part of the class.
- Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds or exchanges, unless there are extenuating circumstances. You can read our booking Terms & Conditions here.
About Your Teacher
Michelle won a scholarship to study at Laine Theatre Arts for three years where she gained her Associate in Cecchetti Ballet with Distinction. During her time there, she also won a scholarship to The Royal Ballet Summer School.
After her studies, she immediately gained a place as a Principal Dancer with Union Dance Company, touring both nationally and internationally. Michelle went on to perform in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats (where she played the roles of Demeter, Bombalurina, Cassandra and Tantomile), and also Starlight Express, where she played the role of Buffy.
Michelle was also a Principal Dancer with The Carol Straker Dance Company and has worked extensively in both theatre and television productions. In 2008, Michelle graduated from Middlesex University with a BA Hons in Dance Studies. Upon graduating she continued to demonstrate Martha Graham Technique at Middlesex University and went on to work very closely with Robert Cohan and Anne Donnelly on the first drafts of the 'Rescen' projects, documenting Martha Graham Technique for future resources.
Michelle has dedicated many years to teaching ballet and contemporary dance, and currently teaches at The Urdang Academy, Bird College, The Tring Park Associates Programme, Ballet Black, and teaches Adult Ballet for The Classes and Courses Programme at The Place. Michelle is also working on the English National Ballet's Ballet Futures project alongside Kerry Nichols (ENB's Associate Director, Artistic Development).