Adult Ballet Classes: The Grand Rapids Ballet offers ballet classes for those with or without experience. Our members got an introduction to those classes Tuesday night—and left inspired, exhilarated, and well… wobbly.
Along with classes for adorable little kids at the Grand Rapids Ballet (GRB), there are also adult ballet classes on offer, whether you have any experience in ballet or not. Classes are held on a weekly basis, and the first class is free for those interested in trying it out. At just $15 per class and even less when purchasing a 10-class punch card, the price is comparable to other exercise classes like yoga or aerobics, and doesn’t require special equipment to participate. All that’s needed are comfortable clothes to move in and a pair of socks.
Our cultured.GR members were invited to a special introductory ballet class just for us, with the school director Attila Mosolygo guiding us through what we would experience in a regular class, from bar exercises to jumps to stretches.
Mosolygo, who has been with GRB for 25 years, doesn’t normally teach these classes, so it was a very special introduction. “When I started with the Grand Rapids Ballet, we had six dancers in the company,” Mosolygo revealed, showing just how much the organization has grown over the years. The company now includes over 30 dancers, apprentices, and trainees.
Some of our members had grown up doing ballet, and others had not taken a single dance class in their lives. Whatever the experience level, the ballet class proved to be an incredibly strenuous—and incredibly peaceful and inspiring—experience. This is no easy sport. This is perhaps the most serious workout that many of us had ever experienced. Mosolygo explained to our group that both boxers and football players are known for taking ballet for the benefits it brings to them for both protecting against injury and improving their abilities in their primary sport.
We don’t think anyone in our group sustained any injuries either (we’ll let you know in the morning), though jokes were made about the difficulty in walking at a fast pace, navigating steps, and just plain standing up without buckling.
All the same, many of us are excited to come back for more now that we’ve had a taste of what’s available for adults at Grand Rapids Ballet.
Grand Rapids Ballet Adult Classes
341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Downtown Grand Rapids Intermediate (2–3 years of prior ballet experience recommended)
● Tuesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m.
● Wednesdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Beginner
● Thursdays, 6:30–7:45 p.m. Cost:
• Per class: $15 (first class is FREE)
• 10-class punch card : $130 (save $20)
• Discounted prices for students, seniors, and season ticket holders.
Do you or someone you love have Parkinsons? Are you a doctor, nurse, or other caretaker of a Parkinson’s patient?
In support of National Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, we’re opening our doors in partnership with Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan for all of you to experience our “Dancing with Parkinson’s” class.
Dance is an effective therapeutic tool to help those with Parkinson’s stay fit both mentally and physically. It also increases confidence and provides an excellent form of social interaction.
The free open house will provide an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the industry as well as other patients and community supporters. You’ll take our 45-minute “Dancing with Parkinson’s” class taught by Grand Rapids Ballet School principal, Attila Mosolygo, accompanied by live piano music. There will also be complimentary refreshments.
For more information, call 616.454.4771 or email Atilla today.
Summer 2017 Ballet Intensive at Grand Rapids Ballet
When the average student thinks of summer vacation, words like “beach” (as in lazy days on), “sleeping” (as in late), and “binging” (as in Game of Thrones) are probably some of the first to come to mind.
But for others, the words might be “sweat” (as in breaking a), “work” (as in hard), and “intensive” (as in summer).
Grand Rapids Ballet’s annual Summer Intensive, scheduled for June 26-July 28 at the Meijer-Royce Center for Dance, gives you the rare opportunity to refine your ballet skills in technique and artistry. You’ll get face-to-face, hands-on training with some of the best stars and renowned master teachers from today’s ballet world including Patricia Barker (current Grand Rapids Ballet artistic director and former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet), Nicole Ciapponi (Joffrey Ballet), Elizabeth Murphy (Pacific Northwest Ballet), and Aaron Renteria (Joffrey Ballet).
You’ll also gain valuable insights through seminars and specialized classes in nutrition, injury prevention, cardio training, and more.
To be considered for our Summer Intensive, interested students must first audition in person (schedule below). Dancers attending these open auditions are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes early in order to complete their registration on-site. Bring a head shot and a photo in arabesque; ladies, be prepared to audition en pointe, as well. The audition fee is $20. Call 616.454.4771 or email for more information on how to attend.
Once you’ve auditioned, you may receive an invitation to attend our Summer Intensive at Grand Rapids Ballet. Senior students (age 12-19) will attend class Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm and junior students (age 9-15) will attend class Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm; it’s called an “intensive” for a reason.
Tuition for senior students is $450 per week or $1,875 for the entire five-week course (save $375) and $250 per week or $975 for entire five-week course (save $275) for junior students. A limited number of scholarships are available and are awarded based on need and talent.
So, while it’s no day at the beach, your hard work will produce amazing results and give you tools you’ll use throughout your dance career. That’s way better than tan. For more information on auditions, tuition, housing, faculty, and more, call 616.454.4771 or email us today.
Also, be on the lookout for more information coming soon about our Summer 2017 Contemporary Intensive!
Want to stay fit as a fiddle? Attila Mosolygo is already a pro in the ballet world, as well as the assistant artistic director and principal of Grand Rapids Ballet School. But did you know he’s also got some mad skills in the gym? Dancing already burns tons of calories and the sporadic movements call upon many muscles. Many people envy the physique but don’t actually realize they can get a similar shape. Check out how he trains for performances and implement some of his moves into your regimen.
Exercise 1: Basic Pushup
Keep you back flat, legs straight, and hands placed outside of your shoulders. 3 SETS OF 20 REPS 30-60 SECONDS REST
Exercise 2: Military Pushup
Push up with the hands placed directly under shoulders, upper arms remain next to the body in the down position. 3 SETS OF 20 REPS 30-60 SECONDS REST
Exercise 3: Crunches
On a flat back with legs at 90 degrees and toes pointing up, keep your arms vertical with your fingers above your shoulders. This is a basic crunch with fingers extending up to the same level as the toes. 3 SETS OF 30 REPS 30-60 SECONDS REST
Exercise 4: Starfish
In a basic pushup position create a wide X shape without twisting or tipping the torso. Raise one arm, hold it for 5-10 seconds, place it down, then do the same with opposite arm. And the with legs (one at a time) 2 SETS OF 20 REPS
“Follow exercise #4 with a moderate speed run for 1 mile and then repeat exercises 1-4”
And don’t forget we also offer adult ballet classes that will help you stay fit, increase flexibility, and raise your spirits. Find out more here.