Aside from my professional career dancing at the Joffrey, I fill much of my free time by teaching ballet classes throughout the city. And now I'm incredibly excited to announce that I'm starting a brand new beginner class on Wednesday nights in addition to my current classes on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Visceral Dance Center is located at 2820 N Elston Ave (at the intersection of Western, Diversey, and Elston) and is essentially a warehouse turned into three great dance studios. I teach advanced/professional ballet here on Thursday nights at 6:30pm. I love the group of dancers I currently have, but would love to draw a bigger crowd. You are welcome to join on any night (http://www.visceraldance.com/schedule.html)
Today I am finally announcing my newest class. For the first time I will be teaching beginner ballet classes at a beautiful new Chicago location, Mazi Dance Fitness Studios (2001 W North Ave). My class will be every Wednesday night at 8:00pm. I actually believe that one of the more difficult tasks as a teacher is to teach beginners simply because you have no idea what kind of students you will have. There are beginning students that may have taken a few ballet classes before in their lives who will be able to figure things out quickly, some that have never taken ballet before and want to change the fact that they seem to have two left feet, and everything in between. The challenge comes when you put even this minor range of abilities into one class. Those that may have a little experience or that simply learn fast may get frustrated when we go slow. It's incredibly hard to pay attention to everyone, no matter how hard I may try. When the hour starts, there are a million questions to answer and I have to remind myself to remember what it is like for my students to be at the beginning. There is a lot of skill that goes into teaching a beginning class which is why I have waited for some time before doing this. I want to do it right and want to be fully invested in my students.
I chose Bucktown for this class, and more specifically Mazi because this is a new studio that needs to be discovered. We need more dance facilities, we need to support the ones we have, and we certainly need to support those that are trying to get their feet on the ground. We need to help them survive. Simply put, we need more of the arts and more passion for the arts. Mazi is in the perfect location, it's accessible, and if you happen to be there on the weekend, it's the perfect place to hang out after a great ballet workout! There's so much to take advantage of from shopping to food at any of the many great places N Milwaukee and Division has to offer.