For years, I convinced myself that the goal of my ballet school was to produce dancers.....lately I've tended to revise that goal as I've realized that I am actually more interested in using the "school of dance" to help contribute healthier, more responsible citizens to our society. I know, through my own experience, that when a child is determined to be a dancer (as I myself was) she or he will find the manner to make that dream come true. I also know that through my studies of dance education and Spiraldynamik® together with my own professional experience as a prima- ballerina with Maurice Béjart, one of Europe's most important choreographers in the late twentieth century, I will assure the students a strong base that will enable them to go in the direction they choose later on.
The goals of this school are therefore the following:
> To build a non-competitive environment that forms PEOPLE WHO DANCE who are healthy in mind, body and ego
- HEALTHY IN MIND
- Able to be patient and understanding with the process of learning; the child's own and that of the others in the class
- Able to accept corrections and understand them not as criticism but as an opportunity to learn and grow
- Able to respect discipline and understand the importance of applying ones self 100%
- Not to fear making mistakes, but to understand how to learn from them
- Learning to set goals for one's self without losing the awareness of group work
- HEALTHY IN BODY
- A body that works within the realities of it's own physical limits, with an understanding of how to stretch those borders once the correct strength and intelligence is acquired
- Anatomical understanding of the body functions in dance and movement in general
- Regular training - for professionally oriented children several times a week depending on their progress and level
- A knowledge of both ballet and contemporary dance
- HEALTHY IN EGO
- Through the non-competitive atmosphere, an understanding and appreciation of each persons value to the class, the school and eventually the society
- Appreciation of one's colleagues and their strengths, patience with their weaknesses
- Through their own hard work, a better understanding and respect of other hard-workers in our society
- The building of self confidence through the encouragement of the teacher and ones colleagues. The ability not to be afraid to make mistakes, but to use the mistakes to one's advantage to learn from
> To create a love and appreciation of movement, rhythm and music in a playful and encouraging environment - respecting each child's physical and mental development
> To explain and pass on the tradition of dance - with an understanding of where it's coming from and appreciation of where it could be going to, therefore creating respect for the art form
> To be an equal-opportunity institution for children of all social backgrounds. Children coming from lower income households will have the same chance as those coming from more privileged homes to receive an education in dance.
The school is aware of the importance of forming people who contribute to the society around them in a healthy way, whether the student becomes a professional dancer or not.
The student learns to respect the growth process that is everyone's right, including their own. This builds a self-confidence to accept weaknesses as a strength, to understand that too much strength can at times be a weakness.
Through creative work, the student develops his/her inner person and learns to trust in their own intuitive strength. The building of trust between the teacher and students is recognized as a healthy growth factor in building self-confidence and a healthy ego.