Repertory Classes: Why Are they Important?


Over the years as we would hold auditions for our pre-professional ballet company, the Michigan Classic Ballet, I would watch the students struggle to follow the directions given by the Ballet Mistress.  “Space out evenly”  “Form a diagonal line”, “Run like a dancer upstage”,” Exit stage right….” Change lines” and so on.  It occurred to me that in a normal dance class, the student is learning the basic vocabulary and skills of ballet, like demi plie and tendu , however not the performance skills required  on stage.  There was a huge gap that developed for student in the studio only, and who  were not involved with the Michigan Classic Ballet Company were performing skills are taught.

Therefore, Geiger Ballet is offering a Repertory Class ( both in Ballet and Contemporary) on the same day that the student takes their technique class which will focus on all the tools needed to transition from a classroom dancer to a stage performer.

We will teach the ideas of performance space, entering and exiting off a stage properly, how to walk and run as a dancer; both in modern and the various forms in classic style (one of the most difficult concepts believe it of not!)  Then the student will learn to put together a phrase or small piece to perform on stage…the final test!

There is a membership fee of $100 for this class in addition to the cost of the class.  Attendance is vital. It is only an half an hour and the group must develop cohesiveness (like corps de ballet) therefore be present to learn.

We are truly excited about this journey together with making not just dancers but well versed performance artists!