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: McKenzie Kock
McKenzie Kock was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she attended Balleraena Dance Studio for 15 years and was a member of the Balleraena Dance Company for 3 years. During her time at Balleraena, she traveled to New York under a dance scholarship and has studied under well known artists such as Eric John Campros, Tracie Stanfield, Dana Alexa, Matt Steffanina and more. During her years at Lincoln High School, she participated in the LHS dance team and competitive/sideline cheer team. After graduating from Lincoln in 2015, she began school at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and graduated in May of 2019 with a BA in exercise science and a minor in dance. During her time in Mankato, she cheered for the MSU football and basketball sideline cheer teams, serving as captain her senior year. She also taught ballet, pre-pointe, and competition dance at Spotlight Dance Company. She has been a member of the LiRa Dance Theater Company since 2015 which was the first professional dance company in Sioux Falls. McKenzie stays busy with participating in Dancing With the Sioux Falls Stars, working at Move Boutique, choreographing, teaching, and stage managing.