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Classes are open to all members of the University of Cambridge and members of the public above 18 years of age.
Lent Term Classes Jan 14 - Feb 27
* 'Class Dances' are rehearsals for our 2020 Annual show (28-29 Feb 2020). In order to participate in class dance rehearsals, you must register for the class dances by Tues 14 Jan, with the exception of Beginner Class Dance A, which you must register for by Sat 1 Feb. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. ** Participation in Beginner classes requires registration by Sat 1 February 2020. *** Facility entry fee of £3 (payable by cash, card, or class card to CUBC).
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If you are unsure which level suits you best, you are very welcome to try out several classes - many of our dancers attend a range of levels each week, to consolidate technique and push themselves to learn new steps.
Beginner 1 Designed for those with very little or no experience of ballet. Never danced before? Or maybe you gave up when you were five? This class is for you. Come and enjoy the inclusivity of our club and join us in spreading the idea that anyone can dance. Things you will learn in this class include: Ballet posture, turnout, 1st and 2nd positions, basic port de bras, demi plié, battements tendu, degagé, jéte, and fondu, passé and retiré, cou de pied, arabesque positions, relevé, développé, tombé and temps lié, pas de bourré, balancé, spotting, chaîné turns, simple sautés, and stretching and strengthening exercises. To join this class in Lent 2020, please register here by 1 Feb 2020: https://forms.gle/iQGDZRHrePFpsEbR9
Beginner 2 This course continues where Beginner 1 leaves off, continuing to introduce the basics and preparing you for the Improvers class. Things you will learn in this class include: 3rd and 4th positions, grande plié, posé, coupé, grande battement, frappé, petitis battement, chassé, glissade, triplets, basic pirouettes, soutenu, sissonne, assemblé, jeté, and changement. To join this class in Lent 2020, please register here by 1 Feb 2020: https://forms.gle/iQGDZRHrePFpsEbR9
Improvers For those who have had a taste of ballet and wish to further develop their technique. This class extends the skills taught in the Beginner classes and introduces some more challenging exercises.
Beginning Pointe For those who are new to pointe, this class will focus on developing the strength necessary for pointe work. Important: If you have never studied pointe work before, please attend this class in your flat shoes before purchasing pointe shoes. For your health and safety, it is necessary for the teacher to assess your readiness for pointe work.
Intermediate For those who generally understand the structure and basic vocabulary of a typical ballet class. This class is taken at a faster pace, designed to improve your ballet knowledge, technique, musicality and expressiveness.
Intermediate Pointe This class is for those who have developed the strength required for pointe and are looking to progress in the centre.
Inter-advanced Designed to bridge the gap between intermediate and advanced classes and to give dancers at both levels an extra class each week.
Advanced Taken at a fast pace, the advanced class teaches more complex technique and especially emphasises musicality, artistry, and developing your own sense of style. It is suitable for those with considerable previous training, general proficiency in ballet vocabulary, and, most importantly, a genuine desire to learn and work towards a higher level of ballet performance.
Advanced Pointe This class is for dancers who have several years experience dancing en pointe, and want to practice advanced pointe steps and variations.
Pas De Deux Pas De Deux is dancing with a partner. It is for levels intermediate and above for female-role dancers, participation en pointe strongly recommended. No prior ballet experience is required for male-role dancers.