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: Amy Hofer
Phone: (605) 361-3737
Amy Hofer studied ballet with Martha Peterson, Judith Szakats and Carolyn Westphal in Sioux Falls. She continued her study of ballet at the Boston Ballet School and with Terry and David Shields in Cambridge, MA, where Amy also studied Modern dance with Julie Ince-Thompson and Jazz with Adrienne Hawkins and John DeLuca. Upon returning to South Dakota, Amy attended USD with a Fine Arts/Dance Major. Amy has attended many summer dance intensives as a teacher, primarily the Cecchetti summer schools in Hope, MI, and has had the opportunity there to study with many world-renown ballet instructors over the last several years.
Amy has been active for over 20 years in developing worship dance ministry in the Sioux Falls area. She has also taught for the Northern Plain CCA seminar, as well as in various studios in South Dakota over the past 35 years. Amy is certified in Pilates and is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, through which she has obtained her teaching certificates through Cecchetti Grade IV. Additionally, Amy has special interest in pointe work and has spent many years developing a pointe curriculum that emphasizes strength and proper technique.