Styles - Sandra uses standard set for ballet class CDs. She also uses: Disco (”YMCA,” “Hot Stuff,” etc.), Stevie Wonder, Eric Bibb, Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Adele, Movie Soundtracks, Old Timey Tunes, and Much More.
Techniques - For Ballet: Classical Styles: Cecchetti, Vaganova, and French. A blend of these styles are used in the class.
Sandra likes students to feel welcome and relaxed when entering her class. She lets them know she sees them as dancers when we first begin and hope they will have fun while also seeing the class to be a doable challenge for them. She has target dates and reminds students that on day 1 from day 7 or 8 they are not the same dancer.
Sandra is delighted when the dancer/student becomes aware of their own body and that they are feeling the changes happening. Self awareness, self discovery is more important as the movement is secondary and with time the steps will come.
Sandra uses flashcards that show the French term and then the definition in English.
She has students interact and partner with each other from time to time. She plays all different types of music. She uses the concert hall on week 6 or 7 for the 6:00 PM class, it's an opportunity to get away from the mirrors and be on a stage to do waltz steps and some movement across the floor.
Sandra has a demonstration on the last day where the dancers can invite family/friends to watch the ballet class and then offer the guests to participate in a movement across the floor if they would like.
Education: Re-entered dance at age 13, Trained for 5 years with Eva Lorraine of the Oak Park Civic Ballet Co. and performed 4 of those years, Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet - and performances, Ruth Page Dance Center - Nutcracker - Arie Crown, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Joel Hall Dancers - and performances, Extended into other dance forms.
Started at the Old Town School in January of 1999