Variations class for men and women to learn excerpts from classical ballets with the focus on transforming technique into performing art. This class increases the student’s strength and stamina allowing them to attain better technique and enhance their performance skills. This will be accomplished by the instruction of appropriate short classical ballet variations that stress phrasing, musicality and nuance particular to each variation. There will be a ten minute warm up at the beginning of each Variations class.
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 16th
Women: Thaikovsky’s Pas De Deux – George Balanchine
Women: Coulante (Fleur de Farine) – Sleeping Beauty
Women: 3rd Shade – La Bayadere
Christina-Maria Mittelmaier, is a London based freelance ballet teacher who has twenty five years of experience in teaching ballet. While she also studied RAD, the majority of her training and teaching is based on the Vaganova technique. She has taught everybody from beginners to professional dancers, actors, and professional athletes. Since graduating from the State School of Dance in Athens, she has been continuously expanding her expertise with master classes in dance and with Pilates workshops in Europe and the US. Over the years Christina has danced in numerous classical and contemporary dance productions including performances with Ballet Austin in such well-known classics as Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Swan Lake etc. While there she also taught ballet at the Academy of Ballet Austin and company class for the ballet company.
As a teenager, Christina was a champion in Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics in Cyprus and was twice named “Athlete of the Year” (1985 & 1986). She was the choreographer and coach for the National team at many International Games including the Olympic Games of Barcelona in 1992. In 2000 the Cyprus Gymnastics Federation presented Christina with a special award for outstanding work in the 20th Century as a Choreographer and Coach for the National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Since moving to London in 2001, Christina had taken the position as head of ballet at D&B Schoool of Performing Arts, where she taught for nine years, was a ballet teacher for Morley College, guest teacher at Birkbeck College and is now teaching open classes at Danceworks at all levels as well as private classes to individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Christina is also a faculty member of the Danceworks International Ballet Academy. Christina’s varied experience as a dancer, teacher and coach plays a major part in her teaching, making her classes particularly dynamic and inspiring.
While she always looks to further her knowledge in teaching dance, Christina also studied at the Open University. In 2005 she was awarded her diploma in Classical studies and in 2010 her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities/Classical Studies.
|Minimum age: 10