The class is focused on learning and mastering ballet skills (so called ‘men’s ballet tricks’), and combines several ballet schools and techniques, including Russian, American, and English. The class is designed for everyone of advanced or professional level, who has studied ballet and wants to further develop and improve technique, strength, and explore skills behind legendary performances, such as Rudolf Nureyev’s saut de basque from le Corsaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s barrel turn jumps and double tours en l’air with extended combination of pirouettes from Don Quixote, Tetsuya Kumakawa’s and Ivan Vasiliev’s big grande double cabriole, Carlos Acosta’s revoltade en dehors and en dedans (known as ‘540 jump’), double ensemble and double jeté entrelacé, and much more.
Starting from increasing the height of your jump, understanding the basics of all spins, on the floor and in the air, from clean firth-to-fifth double tours en l’air, entrechat quatre, entrechat six (and even entrechat huit), petit allegro, and mastering your technique all the way up to grand allegro, and more advanced ballet ‘tricks’, such as different versions of big double cabrioles, combinations of saut de basque with pirouettes and split jumps en dehors and en dedans, and many others.
Arms movements and posture are essentially important in general and especially whilst learning the above. The based on men’s variations nature of the class and analysis of the world renowned ballet stars and their iconic performances of Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, and other masterpieces choreographed by MacMillan and Nureyev, would help you create the best presence on stage, and excel as a persona.
Attending the class would advance your level and enhance work opportunities with theatres and ballet companies in delivering professional performances in classical and contemporary ballets, as well as preparing for international ballet competitions.