Ballet, a mesmerizing dance form born in the courts of Italy, enchants the soul with its grace and untold stories. It goes beyond mere beauty, teaching discipline, strength and expression. Dancers work tirelessly, shaping their bodies and honing their skills. Through its silent language, ballet conveys emotions that stir hearts, leaving audiences in awe and empathy. Choreographers craft intricate movements, painting vivid pictures of beauty and emotion. Ballet also serves as a foundation for other dance styles, enriching the artistic world. In its elegance, ballet illuminates our souls and the world around us.
At MAC, we offer classes from Level 1 (~7–8 years of age) through Advanced 2 (Pre-professional) and beyond. Class structures are open classes, meaning there is not syllabus taught, but students will learn the vocabulary of movements required for their specific levels and engage in character ballet work found in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi. This training is more the how of the movements, rather than simply memorizing the what. Although Syllabus is a wonderful tool, it is not always the best way to learn ballet steps and movements. Dancers need to be versatile and able to adapt movement according to choreography. Learning to execute steps in a variety of ways helps the student achieve a deeper understanding as well as become more confident.
Progressing Ballet Technique
Progressing Ballet Technique, developed by Marie Walton Mahon, is a revolutionary training method that has transformed the way ballet dancers approach their technique and physicality. This innovative program focuses on strengthening the core, improving stability, and enhancing muscle memory through a series of exercises that target specific areas of the body. Through utilizing stability balls, resistance bands, and other props, Progressing Ballet Technique enables dancers to develop a deep understanding of their bodies and execute movements with precision and control. The method emphasizes correct alignment, balance, and muscular engagement, fostering a strong technical foundation. With its emphasis on mindful training, Progressing Ballet Technique not only enhances dancers’ physical abilities but also helps prevent injuries. Through Walton Mahon’s dedication and expertise, this technique has become an invaluable tool for ballet dancers worldwide, empowering them to reach new levels of artistry and excel in their craft.
At Mac, we conditioning program is an integral part of the ballet class as well as offered in separate classes. We believe that by integrating conditioning into the ballet class, students can build connections more quickly and gain better understanding of how their bodies work. The separate PBT classes will further the development of this awareness and connection, helping dancers reach their full potential and prevent injuries.
At MAC, we want to be true to the roots of Jazz. This captivating musical genre that emerged from the African-American communities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, carries a rich and vibrant history. Its roots can be traced back to the fusion of African rhythms and melodies with European harmonies and instruments. Born out of the struggles and triumphs of African Americans, jazz served as a means of self-expression and cultural preservation. From its early origins in New Orleans, jazz spread like wildfire, evolving and adapting as it encountered different regions and musicians. It became an art form characterized by improvisation, syncopated rhythms, and soulful melodies.
Jazz was a platform for individual expression and collective collaboration, fostering a sense of community and creative exploration. Its early pioneers, such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, left an indelible mark on the genre, shaping its diverse subgenres like swing, bebop and cool jazz. Jazz, in its authentic form, represented the voice of a marginalized community, celebrating their resilience and cultural heritage. It transcended commercial interests, serving as a medium for storytelling, social commentary and emotional connection. Today, delving into Jazz’s roots reveals a powerful and transformative musical genre that continues to inspire and captivate audiences around the world.
Royal Academy of Dance
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet is a renowned institution dedicated to the art of classical ballet. Founded in 1920 and based in London, the RAD has established itself as a global leader in ballet education and training. With a commitment to excellence and artistic integrity, the RAD offers a comprehensive syllabus that provides a structured and progressive approach to ballet technique and performance. Students of the RAD are exposed to a rich curriculum that emphasizes both technical proficiency and artistic expression, preparing them for professional careers in dance or a lifelong appreciation of ballet. The RAD’s influence extends beyond its educational programs, as it actively promotes the development of ballet through performances, competitions, and research, ensuring the vitality and growth of this timeless art form.
We choose to have students selected for these ballet exams*, outside of their regular class schedule. This allows all students registered in classes to get the most out of their training, regardless of whether do a ballet exam or not.
* Ballet exam acceptance will be based on individual evaluations conducted by the teachers and director. Invitations to participate will be extended to students, and families can choose whether to opt in or not. Additional fees will apply for those who decide to participate in the exams. However, classes will be organized according to levels to ensure that the associated costs remain as low as possible. It should be noted that organizing classes at higher levels becomes more challenging due to lower student participation.