Character Dance

CHARACTER DANCE

Character dancing is a selected borrowing of folk dance movements and styles to provide divertissements for story ballets. It is a specialization taught as part of the classical ballet curriculum. Along with their rigorous training in ballet academies, dancers are trained to perform so-called character dances that use gestures and styles selected to portray the idea of a particular nationality, occupation, or personage.



Level 1

 

PRE-BALLET (AGES 3-5)

Pre-Ballet classes are designed to put the fun in the fundamentals of ballet. Geared for the littlest dancers, Pre-Ballet classes teach the basics of ballet to boys and girls—but they’ll be too busy running, leaping, and having a great time to notice they’re learning. Along the way, your energetic youngster will learn teamwork, discipline, and creativity, all in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.Teacher:  Janette Clair

 

Level 2

 

PRE-BALLET (AGES 3-5)

Pre-Ballet classes are designed to put the fun in the fundamentals of ballet. Geared for the littlest dancers, Pre-Ballet classes teach the basics of ballet to boys and girls—but they’ll be too busy running, leaping, and having a great time to notice they’re learning. Along the way, your energetic youngster will learn teamwork, discipline, and creativity, all in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.Teacher:  Janette Clair

Level 3

PRE-BALLET (AGES 3-5)

Pre-Ballet classes are designed to put the fun in the fundamentals of ballet. Geared for the littlest dancers, Pre-Ballet classes teach the basics of ballet to boys and girls—but they’ll be too busy running, leaping, and having a great time to notice they’re learning. Along the way, your energetic youngster will learn teamwork, discipline, and creativity, all in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.Teacher:  Janette Clair


INSTRUCTOR
Patricia Tuzer

Patricia Machette Tuzer was born in Dallas where she began her training at three years old with Joy and Dale Riley. Her family moved to Richardson at age six and she started her 10-year study with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson. She was specially chosen to train with major ballet companies in New York City at age 14 and moved to the city at age 16 to pursue her dream to dance professionally, which she achieved at age 18. In 1973 during her tenure with Harkness Ballet, dancing principal roles, she met and married fellow company member Tanju Tuzer. Their careers took them across Europe and then back to America where they opened their first ballet school in 1977. In 1985, as their reputation spread and enrollment grew, they designed a new facility in Richardson, where they remain principal teachers. For forty years, students of the school and non-profit company have danced in Tuzer-choreographed versions of classic ballets.


Level 1
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 – 10:00     Ballet (Ms. Brown) (C)
10:15 – 11:00     Ballet Terminology + Choreography (Ms. Brown)   (C)
11:30 – 12:15     Craft-Time  (Ms. Pat)  (C)

Level 2
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 – 10:15    Character  (Ms. Pat) (B)
10:45 – 11:45    Ballet (Zack Grubbs) (B)
12:15  –  1:15     Ballet Choreography (Ms. Brown) (B)
1:30 –   2:30    Turkish Folk Dance  (Onur Kasaburi)  (A)

Level 3
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 – 10:30    Ballet  (Zack Grubbs) (A)
10:45 – 11:30    Contemporary Repertory  (Pointe shoes) (Ms. Pat) (A)
12:15  –  1:15     Partnering (Mr. Tuzer) (A)
1:30 –   2:30    Turkish Folk Dance  (Onur Kasaburi)  (A)