Welcome back, Spartans!

I hope that everyone had a great summer, and are ready to hit the books – and the studio floor!

I’m very pleased to announce that we will have two sessions of ballet available this semester as part of the MSU Group Exercise Program:

Ballet Basics will resume its regular Friday lunch hour spot at IM East. Class begins at 12:30 PM and closes at 1:15 PM. Participants will learn the fundamental forms of ballet including an introduction to the core positions for the feet and arms, the basic movements of the body core, basic jumps, turns and cross-stage movements. The class is designed for participants who have no former dance training or experience. The focus is to dance for fitness and health: to use the fundamentals of ballet to improve posture, muscle tone, balance, coordination, flexibility, and body awareness. Participants will work both on the floor and at the barre, and receive an introduction to choreography. Classes will be tailored to the abilities, goals and desires of the students.

Back by popular demand, Intermediate Ballet will be offered every Wednesday evening from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at IM Circle! This level will focus on more intensive techniques, patterns and longer pieces of choreography.  This class will also include a more intensive workout, with a greater emphasis on multi-technique combinations.  Some experience is preferred but not required and as always, classes will be tailored to the abilities, goals, and desires of the students.  No tutus are required, but leather-footed ballet slippers are highly recommended.

Ballet Basics will begin on Friday, 9 September 2016, and Intermediate Ballet will have its first class the week after, on Wednesday, 14 September 2016. As always, the Group Ex participant rates apply. Please check out their website, or stop by the membership office at IM East or IM Circle to purchase a class pass/membership.

Everyone is invited to attend – whether you’re an old pro trying to stay limber, or a first-time dancer just learning to point your toes. Not sure about ballet? I also welcome new participants to do a class observation for free. Please just let the door monitor know that you would like to watch the class (but are not planning to dance).

And just in time for a new school year – Bottom’s Up in Okemos is having a back-to-school sale! For those who would like to purchase slippers, I highly suggest dropping in at Bottom’s Up to be measured and fitted for your shoes. Proper fit is extremely important, even for canvas slippers – too small, and your toes will be pinched; too big, and they’re like to flop around as you move. And if you need help sewing your bands, please just let me know!


I look forward to seeing everyone back in the studio this fall! Spartans WILL… DANCE!

All the best,




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