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National Folk Dance 3-4

September 3, 2018

We have added an exciting new class of National Folk Dance 3-4 with Mr. Carney for our Ballet 3 and Ballet 4 students!

  • National Folk Dance 3-4
  • Wednesdays 3:45pm-4:45pm
  • Recommended for all Ballet 3-4 students.
  • Perfectly paired with Ms. Lavrova’s Russian Vaganova Ballet 3-4 at 4:45pm

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What is National Folk Dance….?

Based on Russian Character Dance Syllabus, students in National Folk Dance (aka Character or Historical Dance) study barre and center work that combines classical ballet technique with national dances primarily from across Europe.  This includes traditional dances such as Tarantella (Italian), Polka (Czech), Mazurka (Polish), Csardas (Hungarian), and Flamenco (Spanish).

  • Watch a Tarantella dance in class….

  • Watch a child’s character class:

While learning the dance steps, music and techniques, students will also learn the Character Dance Repertoire from classical ballets such as Swan Lake and Coppelia.

Character dance based on National Folk Dance is integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire. An excellent example of character dance within ballet is the series of national dances which take place at the beginning of Act III of Swan Lake. The ballet Don Quixote as well as La Sylphide also features many character variations based on traditional Spanish dances.