Teaching Ballet in Chicago

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.

I have been teaching advanced ballet for a long time, and for the last year and a half have been teaching at Visceral Dance, a great Chicago dance studio run by Nick Pupillo.  Nick has created such a reputable dance institution, where a lot of the cream of the dance community hang out and where you can find a lot of young talent.

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 decided I wanted to start a beginner class because after Othello I received so many wonderful emails from people telling me how much they loved the performance and how much they would love to dance.  I soon realized there was a need for a class like this one.  To me, there is no age limit of when you can learn and study dance.  I do not think there is a bad dancer out there as long as your desire to dance is there.  When you love something, when you are passionate, when you set a goal and have an interest, you can accomplish and realize anything you put your mind to.  Well, that's my theory anyway. 

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.

Lastly, I also teach ballet in French at the Alliance Francaise Chicago on Saturday mornings. If you want to learn or can speak French, you should definitely come enjoy this class.  It is also a beginner class, but involves more of talking in French and learning about ballet through movement.
I hope to see you al there, or at least, I hope you pass along the message to people that might enjoy these classes.  I am also open to any suggestions you may have.
Wednesday, starting November 11th, Beginning Ballet 8:00-9:00pm
Mazi Dance Fitness Studios (2001 W North Ave)
You can register/reserve your spot at the website above, click the "schedule" tab and make sure you are on the week of 11/11
Thursday, Advanced/Professional Ballet 6:30-8:00pm
Visceral Dance Center (2820 N Elston Ave)
Saturday, Beginning Ballet in French 11:00-12:30pm
Alliance Francaise Chicago
Class prices vary by location, and number of classes purchased:
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