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Report #1: Ballet

So I finally started my project! Here is my first report.

Style: Ballet | When: July 14, 2013 | Where: My appartment, Tel Aviv | Format: ”Half-private” lesson (only 2 students: my friend Emily Cage & me) | Instructor: Michal Gil

My thoughts & conclusions:
The reason I chose to take a private lesson was because for some reason you can’t really find a basic ballet class for total beginners in Israel, somehow it always ends with a pirouette. But the private lesson, like the group classes really challenged my memory in remembering sequences like “Plié Relevé Demi Plié Tendu Arabesque Sous sous” which sounds like an elaborated curse. I hope it gets better with time!

Resources for learning ballet:

Free YouTube ballet videos - and here is the first lesson:

Ballet For Belly Dancers
I love this DVD. it’s perfect if you, like me, learn ballet in order to be a better bellydancer and not because you want to join the Bolshoi.

ballet for belly dancers DVD cover

Instructor’s corner:

michal gil dancer

Michal Gal, Photo by Nir Shaanani

Michal, How did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 4, my mother sent me to swimming & dance class in order to strengthen my body. At the age of 18 I decided that dance is going to be the main thing in my life.

Do you remember your first dance class?

I don’t remember my first class, just the waiting, with other little girls in leotard, and that it was difficult to jump on one leg, and I practiced for hour until I made it.

Who were your teachers?

Brurya Gavish, Yaredna Cohen (who was 78), Liora Bing-Heidker.

Thanks for reading, and I would love to hear about your ballet experiences.


One Response to Report #1: Ballet

  1. Emily July 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Class was so much fun! I still feel my muscles. Can’t wait for next week!

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