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Ballet Rituals – Friday class

Posted on: March 15, 2023
Organizer: Ballet Rituals
Event Date or Due Date: Ongoing 9:30-11:30

Ballet Rituals is born out of an active interest in queering the technique and culture of ballet. Class begins on the floor with a sensory and somatic warmup that encourages softness, proprioceptive tuning, and efficiency. From there, we move into a barre practice that offers both familiar exercises and those that explicitly diverge from classical structure and are rooted in more contemporary research. Class culminates with four juicy and expansive center phrases: tendu, adagio, waltz, and jumps.

Our classes are designed to help contemporary movers revel in what the familiarity and structure of ballet has to offer while simultaneously shedding any parts of the practice that don’t serve us. Pop-indie playlists underpin the ritual and rhythm of ballet shapes and pathways and help to root us in togetherness and joy. We indulge in and subvert the familiarity of form through creative pathways, anatomical clarity, and collective practice. We play and laugh our way through experiencing ballet as a ritual, in community.

We treat ballet as a practice, not an ideology, and reject hierarchy, patriarchy, silence, and authoritarianism wherever possible. We use a co-teaching model, encourage singing along, and offer classes at a sliding scale whenever we can to help meet these goals.

Location Name: eXit SPACE - NOD Theater
Location Address: 1621 12th Ave, Seattle WA, 98122
Accessibility Info: eXit SPACE NOD Theater is ADA accessible. Contact Maya, Hannah or Alethea upon arriving to class for access to ramp entrance (just to the north of the main studio doors).
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Alethea Alexander