The picture shows the feet of a one year old child on half point. She is reaching for an object above her, a natural step in early human development. Likewise, so much of ballet movement-vocabulary can be found in the instinctive play of children: Turning out the legs to climb a tree, skipping for joy, swinging the arms upwards as one jumps or hurling the arms in a spiraling fashion to turn on one leg. The point being – ballet is based upon organic human movement.
Yes, there have been refinements along the way, but the origin of classical dance remains a human movement telling a human story. The more young dancers are encouraged to maintain as much of this instinctual quality as possible, the more virtuosic, aesthetic and healthy their dancing will be.
Breathing Body Ballet is just such a training method for classical dancers. It incorporates modern movement systems to expand the students body awareness, drawing upon the wisdom of Yoga, GYROKINESIS®, modern dance and biomechanics. Its intention is not to change the ballet form, but rather to support dancers in their ever-expanding abilities .