Why Ballet?

“If you are looking for a ballet school for your child but don’t know where to begin maybe I can help.” Hello my name is Mary Geiger, I am the founder of Geiger Ballet, teacher and mentor to many young students in the Detroit Metro Area. I know this choice is not always easy as […]

Open Letter to Parents from Mary Geiger

Thank you for considering Geiger Ballet for your child’s ballet training.  I would like to personally take this opportunity to welcome you to our website. As a premier Russian classical ballet training academy, Geiger Ballet is about more than dance.  First and foremost the emphasis is on the best interest of each student.  Values that […]

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Getting Ready for Ballet – The Ballet Bun

Getting ready for ballet class can some times be tricky, especially for those parents new to the ballet world. The ballet bun is an essencial part of geting your little one ready for ballet class. So Mrs. Geiger and her wonderful assistant have offered some help in understanding how to do the perfect ballet bun, […]

Why Ballet?

    Becoming a dancer, a lifetime quest, involves more than talent, desire and discipline. These are the stones for the building of a house. They remain only that unless there is a structure, and that cannot be accomplished without design.   You want to take your child to ballet class. Where do you go? Because dancers […]

What do boys and men wear to ballet class?

    The dress code for boys at Geiger includes the following: “Black tights or running pants with a white, tucked in T-shirt and a dance belt. White ballet shoes with white socks.” There is no dress code for men in the Open Level classes. However, we ask that you wear traditional dance attire. Generally in ballet, men […]

What is the advantage of (wood) sprung Marley floors?

  According to Perry Silvey, the production stage manager of the New York City Ballet, this flooring is injury free and predictable. Rather than slipping, the Marley enables the dancers to concentrate solely on performing well. Concrete floors can create many physical problems for they allow no “give”. A properly sprung floor absorbs energy, preventing overuse injuries. The added […]

Where can I buy the school uniform?

As a convenience to our dancers, we now sell the dancewear that comprises our school uniform. If however, you would prefer to purchase elsewhere, please contact our office for recommendations of store(s) and what our uniform consists of.

Ballet Vocabulary

    Key to phonetic pronunciation (all sounds in English): zh = s as in measure, leisure. oo = oo as in shoot, zoo. ew = u as in cupid. ahn = on as in concert. eh = ai as in pair. ohn = on as in long. oh = o as in role. ohm […]

Who was Agrippina Vaganova

[ah-gree-PEE-nah   vah-GAH-naw-vah]   As a dancer with the imperial Ballet, Vaganova was known as the “queen of variations”, renowned for her jumps and batterie, although her lack of beauty meant that she did not receive the title of “ballerina” until 1915, the year before she retired. She is most remembered as a great teacher of […]


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