ACADEMY LAUNCHES VIRTUAL LEARNING

The Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy has launched a comprehensive online instructional platform to teach ballet to students in the comfort and safety of their own homes. The renowned dance education offered at the Ballet West Academy is now accessible anywhere in the world, broadcast live via the Virtual Academy at www.balletwestacademy.org/virtual-academy.

Using teleconferencing technology, classes cater to students of all ages and levels of experience, from “Dance with Me” courses designed to help 3-5 year olds explore rhythm and basic coordination, to “Adult Ballet,” which offers ballet to beginning or advanced students. The more than 1,000 enrolled students of the Ballet West Academy are also continuing their curriculum, but instead of attending one of the four campuses, they are now learning from their kitchens and living rooms. At the Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, dance studios have become sophisticated broadcast studios with faculty members watching each student, giving corrections and feedback. Accompanying each teacher is live music from Ballet West Music Director Jared Oaks, or one of his staff pianists.

“Ballet is a wonderful, full-body workout that anyone can practice from their living room or kitchen,” said Academy Director Peter LeBreton Merz. “Along with the recreational dancer, we are also committed to continuing to nurture our aspiring students, who have told us loud and clear that they don’t want to stop their ballet training. Their perseverance and passion is truly inspiring to me.”

During the months of May and June, the Academy will offer all health care professionals free Adult Ballet classes. “It is a small token of the extreme gratitude our staff has for those fighting this pandemic on the front lines,” said Merz. Health care workers can direct message the Ballet West Academy on Instagram or Facebook to get the digital coupon.

To learn more about the Ballet West Virtual Academy, visit www.balletwestacademy.org.