Dance from the Inside Out

Do you ever feel that you are struggling to take your dance technique to the next level? Or do you feel that you are pushing through pain or discomfort to execute a step? 

“Dance from the Inside Out” is a series of four workshops exploring how the body works in dance. Our goal is to increase our body awareness, and join that awareness with a bit of anatomical knowledge. We will be discovering good alignment by sensing how it feels from the inside rather than how it looks from the outside. This approach helps us take our technique to the next level so that we can dance with more grace and ease, while reducing our risk of injury.

Saturdays in September from 3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Brookline Ballet School, 1431 Beacon St, Brookline MA

Sept 7: Plié
Discover how a strong, aligned plié feels in your own body. We’ll be learning about how the bones of the pelvis and legs move as we execute a plié. By understanding and feeling these movements in our own bodies, we can create stronger and safer pliés.

Sept 14: Tendu
What does the body have to do to stand tall on one leg? By learning about how the bones of the pelvis rotate and counter-rotate to give us stability, we can work more efficiently in this foundational dance step. 

Sept 21: Port de Bras
Explore how the arms connect to the torso and how this relationship affects our dancing. We will look at the movements of the scapula and clavicle and see how important these movements are in efficient, supported movement of the arms. We will use various props to discover which muscles we can activate to strengthen our port de bras and create beautiful lines.

Sept 28: Putting it all Together: Weight Transfer
Dancing is the transfer of weight—otherwise we are just doing a series of static poses. In this workshop we will practice experiencing the feeling of center by moving through it. We will use what we’ve learned about bone movements to see how we can maintain good alignment while transferring weight.

Created and co-taught by Sarah Giarrusso (ballet instructor) and Rachel Prabhakar (Pilates and Alexander Technique teacher), this series is appropriate for dancers of all levels. With 2 instructors and a maximum of 8 participants, there will be opportunities for individual attention. Cost: $180 for the series. Pre-registration required.

About Sarah & Rachel:
Sarah is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Rachel holds a Level 2 Instructor certification from the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA), and completed her training as an Alexander Technique teacher with Tommy Thompson at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge MA.


Register for Dance from the Inside Out

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Payment can be made by check, Venmo, or PayPal, and is required to book your spot in the workshop series. If you are paying by check, you can mail it to Integral Pilates, 318 Harvard St. #30, Brookline, MA 02446 or give it to Sarah at The Brookline Ballet School. Please email if you wish to pay by PayPal or Venmo. Please let us know how you would like to pay.