Written by: Meredith Lee and Sheena Jeffers
We've all been there. A famous teacher from a prestigious institution comes into your studio to teach class, and instantly it's like you've never taken a technique class in your life! Your hands clam up, you clench the barre, you force your turn out, and is it just me? Or does gravity seem to be extra powerful today?
But stellar ballet educators, Mark Annear and Jay Jolley from The Royal Ballet School and Judy Jacob of The School of Richmond Ballet know just how to break through students' nerves and anxieties to pull the best out of their ballet training. The goals: remain cool, calm and collected; to keep a clear head and stay focused on personal goals.
Recently, The School of Richmond Ballet hosted The Royal Ballet School where Mark Annear, Head of Outreach and Teacher Training for The Royal Ballet School, and Jay Jolley, Acting Director of The Royal Ballet School, gave master classes to students and workshops to ballet teachers. The visit gave the schools and educators time to collaborate and discuss ballet training. Annear, Jolley and Judy Jacob, School Director of The School of Richmond Ballet, came together to look at the process of educating young dancers, and they spoke to us about their approaches!
Photo: Mark Annear, Head of Outreach and Teacher Training from The Royal Ballet School, conducts a demonstration class with students from The School of Richmond Ballet. Richmond Ballet 2014. All rights reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.