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ballet intensive: DANCE 13AX

Innovation in Tradition Kristine Elliott and Muriel Maffre

Ballet Intensive: Innovation in Tradition will explore cutting-edge forms within the ballet tradition through practice-based and research-based artistic inquiry. A rigorous daily routine will challenge and expand the students’ understanding of and perspective on the art form.

The daily program will consist of:

n Technique class: daily warm-up and training accompanied by live music.

n Lab: in-depth practice and exploration of particular technical components or artistic dimensions such as the value of music, the complexity and use of épaulements, and the evocative power of angular and fluid lines.

n Workshop: repertory-based practice. n Stretching: directed relaxation and exercise geared at maintaining flexibility and facilitating recovery.

Kristine Elliott is a lecturer in the Dance Division at Stanford University. She is dedicated to teaching, coaching, and mentoring aspiring dancers following a professional career of 15 years with American Ballet

Theatre and the Stuttgart Ballet. At Stanford, Kristine teaches classical ballet through the advanced professional level, along with coaching students in both repertory and performance. Click here to learn more about Kristine’s artistic career and current work.

4 Additional weekly activities will include:

n Field trips: art or dance-related outings. n Screenings: films and/or documentaries. n Yoga practice (extra-curricular activity). n Research: guided investigation on pioneering forms in ballet.

Textbooks: Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

William Forsythe (Choreography and Dance) by Senta Driver (Editor)

As a prerequisite for this class, students must have 3-4 years of dance training, preferably in ballet or modern dance, and an understanding of basic ballet vocabulary, or receive permission from the Instructors. Students may contact the Instructors with

questions about eligibility.

Muriel Maffre has had an extensive career in the performing arts. She has danced with Hamburg Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and San Francisco Ballet (SFB) where she was Principal for 17

years. Muriel is interested in bridging the Performing Arts and the Visual Arts through installation, exhibition and performance art. She is currently a lecturer in the Dance Division at Stanford University. More.

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