|Maartje and Niko at ABT New York|
Today just got better, we spent hours analyzing movements, discussing the building blocks as more advanced steps and sequences are taught. A highlight was seeing one of our students, Niko who we have taught for the past two years, apply this training style so well. This summer at ABT he is making great progress, proof that the system works. We look forward to hearing from other students studying at ABT's North Carolina and Long Beach programs when we and they return.
Finally, after a day and a half of sitting, something guaranteed to make dancers achey and antsy, we had the opportunity to learn by doing.
Now its on to homework. Each day begins with a review and demonstration by the students of the previous day's work. We are expected to continuously implement new information concluding in a final exam on Saturday. Tomorrow I'll be teaching either a petite battement with filk-flak at the barre or a tendu in center. The decision lies not on what I want to teach, but on what I want the student to learn. That is the crux of this method, everything is designed to develop the dancers of the future, who must show versatility built on a solid foundation of techinque. Stay tuned for more updates as the week progresses and for next week's Level 6-7 workshop.