This year was the first time that Ballet Arts Academy students entered the studio in masks. However, they did not let this limit their enthusiasm. For many, it was the return to the studio after months of coronavirus quarantine.
The students were taught by our very own Mimi Ewers and Monica Rota-Romberg. We also welcomed guest instructor Corrine Jarvis, a corps de ballet dancer from The National Ballet Company of Mexico.
Students were instructed in daily ballet technique and pointe work and finished off the afternoons with Flamenco, ballroom, contemporary or variations. We were encouraged by the amazing progress our beginner/intermediate level ballet students made in pointe work during this summer intensive, as most had earned their point shoes a week earlier.
Students thoroughly enjoyed ballroom class from Harmony Ballroom instructor Ingrid LaVoie. Monica Rota-Romberg introduced our dancers to beautiful Flamenco fan work and older students practiced dancing in beautiful red ruffled "batas." Classical variations learned during the intensive included: La Fille Mal Gardee, Esmeralda and Zulma from Giselle.
We implemented our Covid-19 procedures of social distancing by separating chairs in our hall 6 ft and making them "get ready areas." It has been an adjustment for our students, but they have done a great job helping us implement these procedures that will help us mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. It was a lovely two weeks of summer intensive and watching the students dance passion become reignited was the best part.