Dance Type: Ballet
Ballet is a systematic dance based on formalized positions of the arms, feet, and body designed to enable movements that create the greatest possible agility, control, speed, lightness, and grace. Classical-ballet technique is based on the turned-out position of the legs. This position increases the range of movement through the hip and imparts pleasing body lines through the extended leg. The choreography of classical ballet may be romantic, realistic, or mythological, representing a variety of dramatic and emotional situations. Ballet an art that simultaneously requires strength, resilience, elegance and grace. It may be difficult to master and takes lots of patience and practice to learn. Ballet can be studied at any age, although early age beginnings facilitate strength, spatial/temporal awareness, and coordination. Some studies have shown that girls retain the flexibility established through ballet across their adulthood.
Ballet lessons emphasize stretching to strengthen and enlongate posture. Additionally, the correct French names for steps and positions need to be learned. As dancers progress, barre work becomes an essential tool for learning the steps and positions as well as building strength, agility and flexibility. Respect is a pervasive aspect of ballet and proper ballet etiquette is learned and practiced. Ms. Raena teaches a fusion of Russian and American ballet and Ms. Amy teaches a fusion of Cecchetti and Russian ballet. Ms. Lisa teaches a fusion of Cecchetti and Russian ballet.
Instructor: Thomas Nguyen
Thomas Tu Nguyen was born on May 14, 1992 and was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota by both parents who immigrated from Vietnam to America. He began his dance journey in 2009 when he was 17 years old, auditioning for the Washington High School dance team. In 2010, Mr. Nguyen competed in his first World competition called, The Dance Worlds, and by 2014 he returned and won the Hip Hop Gold Championship. Coached by Angela Nieman, his team was the first all male dance team to bring home a gold medal and trophy for South Dakota.
Mr. Nguyen attended South Dakota State University and studied a French Language Major & a Dance Minor. In dance, he studied with Melissa Mork-Hauschild who guided him in Classical Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Modern (Bartenieff & Laban Contexts) Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, and Composition & Choreography. Today, Mr. Nguyen is a dancer for Sioux Falls LiRa Dance Theater Company, a Choreographer & Instructor at Expanding Harmony Dance Studio in Brookings, and Contemporary instructor at Balleraena Dance Studio.