Tours en l'air organizes ballet-themed escorted holidays to see the best companies perform great ballets in beautiful places. You can join a trip from anywhere. A highly knowledgeable balletomane who has enjoyed 100s of performances in over 20 cities around the world,I speak English, French, and German, and am a Travel Industry Council of Ontario certified Travel Counsellor. I also teach ballet appreciation courses.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ballet Appreciation courses

The courses I taught in the fall were so popular that the students asked for more! So I will be offering two different courses starting in January, both at the Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of Canada, 470 Queens Quay West just past Spadina. Courses are subject to a minimum enrollment of 10 people. To register, please send me an email ( specifying which course you're interested in. Once I am sure of having sufficient enrollment, I will ask you to send me a cheque.

1) Introduction to the remaining 5 programs in the National Ballet of Canada season.
Wednesday nights, 6-8 pm, four weeks Jan 26 to Feb 16.
$129 incl. HST
Course description:

Enrich your experience of ballet in general and the five remaining programs in The National Ballet of Canada's season in particular with insights into the choreography, the design, and the music. Video clips will be used, along with demonstrations of certain steps and postures to help you identify distinctive choreographic styles. Depending on the repertoire, we may look at the ballet's performance history, learn about the choreographer's life and works and the historical context in which the ballet was created, examine the story on which the ballet is based, and compare different versions of the same ballet. Deepen your appreciation of the technical aspects of dance by learning to recognize a different ballet step by name each week and understanding its physical challenges.

2) Introduction to the International Repertoire
Tuesday nights, 6-8 pm, six weeks Jan 18 to Feb 22.
(some people have already expressed an interest in a daytime version of this, so I am also looking into room availability for Monday afternoons; please let me know if that would suit you).
Six weeks: $199 incl. HST
Since many people are travelling in the winter months, I am going to experiment with a more flexible pricing system for this course. So you have the option of signing up for the full six weeks for $199, or choosing a "3-class card" for $129, which would allow you to attend any 3 of the 6 classes on a drop-in basis. Priority enrollment will be given to those opting for the full course.
Course description:
Learn about ballets that are part of the major international ballet repertoire, the choreographers and composers who created them, and their performance history. We will continue to learn the names for specific ballet steps in each class, and talk about the distinctive balletic styles of different countries and companies.

Petipa: Raymonda
Bournonville: Napoli
MacMillan: Manon
Neumeier: Lady of the Camellias
van Manen: 5 Tangos, Adagio Hammerklavier
Petit: Carmen

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