Guest writer: Houston Ballet Education Marketing & PR Coordinator, Christina Bielstein
I could count on one hand the number of sporadic Pilates classes I’d taken throughout my life. I was unfamiliar with terms and body positions, and I was nervous about entering a class even labeled for beginners. As a staff member, I was tempted to try one of Houston Ballet Academy’s adult classes, but I was too uneasy to ever make the commitment. All of that changed however, when I entered Sarah Yarbrough’s Pilates Barre class. From the minute students walked in, she tried to make everyone in class feel comfortable – asking each student about individual injuries or limitations so she could tailor the class for our specific needs. … More A Unique Exercise For Any Level of Fitness – Houston Ballet Academy’s Pilates Barre Class
Houston Ballet Education and Community Engagement is committed to introducing children, particularly those in under-served and at-risk populations, to the beauty and grace of life through dance. Last year they reached over 39,000 students through various programming. One of Houston Ballet’s Education and Community Engagement teachers, Ellie Blanchat recently returned from New York City where … More Where Dance Meets Education: Education and Community Engagement Teacher Receives Exciting New Training
From September 28 – October 3, 2014, Houston Ballet Academy Instructor Sally Rojas will travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala for the third and final installment of an innovative, international collaboration with the Organizacion para las Artes focusing on training dancers aged 12- 18. Instructor Sally Rojas coaching students Spanning from March 2012 until October … More HOUSTON BALLET CAPS INNOVATIVE THREE YEAR INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION IN GUATEMALA
By Kalyn Oden, Houston Ballet PR Intern Let’s talk about Houston Ballet Academy’s 2014 Summer Intensive’s strength and conditioning program that the dancers participated in this season. This blog will not only give a perspective on the strength and conditioning training the dancers undertake but also about the coach himself. First, a little about the … More BUILDING STRENGTH WITH AKIHIRO KAWASAKI
by Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern Week Five is where the rubber meets the road for the Summer Intensive Program students! Dancers from all levels scramble to perfect their moves in preparation for Week Six’s rehearsals and shows. Yet even amid all the craziness, the Eselgroths were both still smiling and ready to chat about how … More Growth with the Eselgroths
By Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern Time is just flying by and preparations for the final summer showcase are well underway here at the Center for Dance. This week, we’ll be highlighting one student’s path to the performance. Although her days are already brimming with learning, including jazz, gyrotonics, social, and Pilates classes in addition to … More Checking in with Natalie Payne
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 By Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern Lilian and Clark Eselgroth are a dynamic sibling duo hailing from North Carolina! I had lots of fun filming with these two – they really love each other and it shows! Lilian, level six, is poised and professional and Clark, level five, is an absolute hoot. … More It Takes Two
By Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Miss Natalie Payne, everyone’s favorite Aussie, has returned to once again provide an inside look into the life of a Summer Intensive Program dancer. “The training is so good here,” she says, forming a beaming smile. “I love working with all my teachers, as well as … More She’s Baaaack!
By Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern Friday, June 27, 2014 Houston Ballet partners with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC) to put on “Jump, Jive, Move and Groove!” now in its second year. This year, the program is hosted by Ripley House, a local service site of Neighborhood Centers, one of the largest charitable organizations … More Education and Outreach “Goes Global”
By Emily Kammerlohr, Academy Intern June 20, 2014 It’s that time of year again! On June 14th over 600 dancers from across the USA and around the world arrived in Houston for a jam-packed six week dance adventure. The first week of the summer intensive program is drawing to a close, but the excitement here at Houston … More The 2014 Summer Intensive Program is Here!