ARTS AND PERFORMANCES
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Silver Spring, MD
Web page: http://akhmedovaballet.org
Editor in Chief: Jacqueline Akhmedova
Managing Editor: Jessica Novakovich
The Akhmedova Ballet Post is a product of the collaborative efforts of the students of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy. We wish to spread our ideas and knowledge to connect with others in this uncertain time.
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy Students created this video to inspire others in this time!
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy’s Introduction to Ballet program offers an excellent introduction to the Russian Vaganova Method for children age 6-8 years of age. This class will develop the strength and flexibility young dancers are required to have for the preparatory and the pre-professional programs. They will learn the foundation of ballet positions and movement through slow and methodical classes. This program is preparing students to be ready to enter into the next level of ballet training.
No audition is necessary to join this level. A minimum of 4 students is required to do this class.
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INTRODUCTION TO BALLET
The Akhmedova Ballet Academy's Adult Program teaches the basic foundation and technique of the Russian Vaganova Method. Adult students will increase their flexibility and learn to explore artistic expression through movement and music. This class is a wonderful opportunity for adults to learn and appreciate the beautiful art form of ballet while exercising and toning the body.Throughout the hear the students will transition from a beginner ballet class to an intermediate level as their knowledge and ability grows.
PTP Level 3/4
PTP Level 1
The PTP LEVEL 1 Division is a program for talented students age 9-11 years old. It offers aspiring young students the opportunity to train in the Vaganova method with one of our wonderful Vaganova teachers.
The program utilizes the Vaganova Method in which some of the greatest ballet dancers such as Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Zakharova, Vasiliev, and Smirnova were trained.
The PTP 1 program utilizes elementary exercises that develop the student’s mastery of the basic stance of the body and the positions of the feet, arms and head. These foundations of classical ballet will be developed through slow and meticulous classes that prepare the students for progress to higher levels of training. Students will learn the basic technique, posture, barre, proper stretching and strengthening, ballet discipline and etiquette, small dance compositions and contemporary dance. Through these classes the students will develop the skills necessary to prepare themselves for class and most importantly to cultivate a work ethic.
Classes are kept small so that dancers receive the finest quality ballet training in a “semi-private” training environment. This level has 2-hour technique classes three times per week, Pilates and Contemporary class once a week.
Students will perform at some of our shows during the year at discretion of the teacher and Artistic Director.
A minimum of 4 students is required to do this class.
Admission to the Preparatory Division is by audition only. Please contact ABA by email or call to set up an audition date.
TRAINING PROGRAM CLASSES
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Professional Training Program 3/4 is for talented students age 12-14.
Professional Training Program utilizes the Vaganova Method in which some of the greatest ballet dancers such as Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Zakharova, Vasiliev, and Smirnova were trained.
Classes are kept small so that dancers receive the finest quality ballet training in a “semi-private” training environment in which size does not exceed 8 students. This level trains 5 days per week 3 hours per day.
This level develops the strengthening of stability in all classical ballet movements both on demi-pointe and pointe. Focus is on the mastery of the technique of beats, tours and larger poses. In this level begins the development of plasticity of the arms and body as the combinations become more complex and advanced.
Each student is given an opportunity to learn pieces from the classical repertoire, as well as contemporary group pieces and character dances to be performed at a professional venue on a full-size stage twice a year. Performances in community settings are scheduled throughout the year. Selected students are chosen for national and international ballet competitions.
Private instructions are available by appointment.
The PTP 3/4 includes: Classical Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Character, Contemporary, Pilates, Conditioning and Stretching.
Admission to the Professional Training Program 3/4 is by audition only.
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TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SEPTEMBER
ABA – the place to go – get back in shape in 5 days and be ready for the new year.
Sign up for this mini intensive !
August 17-22, 2020
Ballet technique, pointe, variation class, contemporary, Pilates, strength and conditioning, character and more.
Train with the best teachers in the area and be ready to start the new school year/season.
Audition by video or in person now open. Cost: $700
Housing is not included. Call or visit our website for more info.
Admission to the Mini Intensive is by audition only
The Professional Training Program 5/6 (PTP) is designed for the serious ballet dancer ages 15-19 years old.
The program utilizes the Vaganova Method in which some of the greatest ballet dancers such as Nureyev, Makarova, Baryshnikov, Zakharova, Vasiliev, and Osipova were trained.
The perfection and polishing of the program for the preceding classes, including the mastery of all the basic movements of classical dance. More complex combinations, especially in adagio, allegro and pointe using more complicated musical material. Development of performing artistry and virtuosity. Special work on individual development of each student.
Classes are kept small so that dancers receive the finest quality ballet training in a “semi-private” training environment in which size does not exceed 8 students. This level trains 6 days per week 4 hours per day.
Each student is given an opportunity to learn classical ballet solo variations, contemporary variation, as well as contemporary group pieces and character dances to be performed at a professional venue on a full size stage. The performances take place each winter and spring.
All students are given the opportunity to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix.
Selected students are also chosen for international ballet competitions.
Private instructions are available by appointment.
The comprehensive PTP 5/6 includes: Classical Technique, Pointe, Repertoire, Character, Contemporary, Pilates, Conditioning and Stretching. Performances on professional stages and Performances in community settings throughout the year.
Admission to the Professional Training Program 5/6 is by audition only.
PTP Level 5/6
BACK IN SHAPE SUMMER INTENSIVE
Opera and Ballet
Opera and ballet have a long history together. Most theaters where ballets are performed also host opera performances. Opera-Ballets are great ways to combine the two art forms into one magnificent spectacle.
Here the Russian State Opera and Ballet perform “Carmen”. The music was written in 1875 by Georges Bizet, a French composer. The story was based on a Novelle by Prosper Merimee.It tells the story of a soldier (Don Jose) and his downfall after falling for Carmen a femme fatale.
The most popular and successful Czech opera, Rusalka, tells the story of an immortal water nymph from Slavic Mythology who falls in love with a prince and yearns to become human. It was premiered in 1901. It is a sad and touching fairy tale which contains many similarities toUndineby German poet Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué andThe Little Mermaidby Danish writer Hans Christian Anderson.
The opera Rusalka is based on the fairy tales of the folklorist Karel Jaromír Erben and the Czech writer, Božena Němcová. The opera was composed by the famous Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák and the libretto was written by the Czech poet and librettist, Jaroslav Kvapil.
One variation I would like to do in the future is Grand Pas Classique, a classical variation, choreographed by the Russian ballet master and choreographer Viktor Gsovsky. He created this pas de deux to music composed by a French composer from the nineteenth century, Daniel Auber. Many people have said that this was one of the most difficult variations by all the many sections of this variation, and that’s one reason why it stood out to me. I want to try this variation and have it be a challenge for me. Also, the style of the variation and the character is something else that I like. There are elements like the diagonal section that need great control and strength in the supporting leg, because of the balonees and its repeadity.
Another part that is pretty difficult is the second section, which has some turns and also needs control to hold each position. And why not do it now? Well, most skills required for this variation are very advanced and need a lot of training to do, which would take time. Some corrections I think my teacher would give me include soften my arms during the whole variation, turnout (which is important for everything, but this variation would need perfect turnout), hold my back, stay on my supporting leg for every turn, don’t crash down (on most things), be on the box of my pointe shoes (for many moves), control myself throughout, and many more! Those are some things I already get during class and even in other variations, so I can definitely see myself getting those corrections, though I will be working on them for sure..
Vienna State Opera Ballet, hosted in the Vienna State Opera building, is one of the premier ballet companies in the world.
The Vienna State Opera building is a 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue, the first major building on theVienna Ring Road. It is called Wiener Staatsoperin German. It is also one of the busiest opera houses in the world, with 50 to 60 operas and 10 ballet productions crafted each year. In 2005, the Staatsoper Ballet Company merged with the Vienna Ballet Company.
The 2010 appointment of Manuel Legris, formerly a principal dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet, as the artistic director is an important recent development at Vienna State Opera Ballet. In his first season, Legris created eight premiers and has continued to be productive in adding three premiers every season for ten seasons in the subsequent decade. Legris has been extremely successful at Vienna State Opera Ballet and his success has sustained the prominent position of this company on the world ballet stage.
The Vienna State Opera Ballet company exerts its power and influencethrough the exquisitequality of its shows as well as the number of ballet performances it offers to ballet viewers. For example, in the 2019/20 season, hundreds or so dancers will present four premiers, one gala, and ten repertoire works over 80 performances with a total of 150,000 people expected to watch.
During this time where we are quarantined dancers have searched for ways to hold on to some semblance of their usual training regime and schedules. As we have adapted to class in our living room while clutching a chair, we have met with obstacles such as slippery/hard floors, uneven surfaces and many other changes to our daily routine that we are not used to.
This change in training practices can lead to injury very quickly as well as to the development of habits that can precede injury. Many dancers turn to Kinesiology. This is the study of the art and science of human movement and physical activity as it relates to sport, dance and exercise. As this is the science of motor skills and the mechanical aspects of movement and the body’s response, doctors can use the dancers form of movement to diagnose the injury. Kinesiology is used in sports rehabilitation, therapy and exercise. Physical therapists use exercises based on the human movement to create exercises and training programs for injury and strengthen.
WITH ALEXIS AND ABI
TIPS AND TRICKS TO STAYING
HOME AND SANE
Hey everyone! We’re back and this week’s activity and project will be... making a bracelet! In the video, Abby will be showing you how to make a bracelet, you can make it using any color cording you like.
As quarantine protests and quarantine continue, it is important to remember to always wear a mask whenever leaving your home. You should also remember to ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and water. Also if you own a phone, make sure to clean the phone case WITHOUT THE PHONE IN IT at least once every 2 days. Finally, it is also important to NOT approach anyone who is showing symptoms of Covid-19.
That is all for this time! Be sure to check out the next Akhmedova Ballet Academy post for more arts and crafts and ways to stay safe and sane. AA (Abby and Alexis) out!
Dance Camp for 9-11 year olds – July 6th to July 24th.
Cost: $1800 (3 weeks)
This camp intensive is a fun and engaging way to offer an excellent introduction to the Vaganova Method of Ballet. The 1/2 day camp is three weeks long and the students will learn the basics of ballet technique, terminology, as well as work on strength and flexibility.
Ballet is a multi-faceted art form and to develop a true artist art and music should be incorporated into each student’s education. Art and drawing classes will be utilized to develop the student’s artistic development.
Please contact us to find out more about the classes and how to register.
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR SUMMER DANCE CAMP FOR 9-11 YEAR OLDS
Since going into quarantine, I have invested more time in hobbies that I enjoy - Gardening and painting. I love to garden because I learn about the life cycle of different plants, how to identify poisonous/invasive ones, and how plants reduce carbon pollution. Gardening also makes me more aware of how chemical substances, like fertilizers and pesticides, affect waterways, which is why I stopped using them.
I also enjoy painting. I get to go outdoors to find landscapes or use animals for inspiration. I also go online to learn about painting tips and tricks. Even though buying materials is difficult, I use things that I can find in my home, like food coloring instead of watercolor paint. The limitations this quarantine has given me has motivated me to find creative solutions and spend more time doing the things that I love.
One thing I like to do when I’m stuck at home is read some of my favorite books. There are different types of books like realistic fiction, comedy, fantasy, and much more! I like reading books because I can experience so many things. When I read a book, I can feel the character’s emotions, feelings, and thoughts. I learn patience, kindness, and determination from characters in the story. I like to read textbooks that teach me about important history from the past. In the Harry Potter series, I learn about teamwork and determination among Harry Potter and his crew. Like Harry Potter, I had a goal just like him. My goal might not be to defeat evil people from taking over the world, but I still have my personal goals that I wanted to meet.
In “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, I laughed at every part and it brightened my day. A book just like that had set me into a positive mode. That book brought hope and happiness. At first, poor Charlie was living in a small cottage with four of his grandparents! After, he won a rare ticket for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! He got a lifetime of chocolates and had a memorable experience with Mr.Wonka. This brings me hope in dark times, like right now. During this pandemic, it’s important to focus on the positive things around you. While I’m stuck at home, I spend a lot of time with my family and reading books. When I read books, I get to take a break from reality. I chill and calm down and simply read my book in front of me. It’s important to use this time and do what makes you happy (without spreading germs and keeping a six-feet distance.) You might have a different perspective of the pandemic after you make something out of the time at home.
Every artist plays a different and necessary part in contributing to the overall health, development, and well-being of our society. Artists have a responsibility, commitment and duty to open people’s eyes to beauty, to show them what is possible, to make a change, to bring joy tocommunities, to interact with people of different cultures, to inspire, and uplift.
But artists also can give thoughtful critique to our political, economic and social system and ultimately make ourworld a better place.
In Dance especially, theart is an expression of our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires, but it is also about sharing our history and the way we experience the world we all share. It is the communication of all these concepts that often can’t be faithfully portrayed by words alone.
Danceis important because it makes you feel the beauty of freedom and the free expression of the human mind and senses. An expression which only aims at its own existence, at its own beauty.
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