Join us for our first adult variations workshop

What is a variation?

A variation is a short solo or group dance that is performed as part of a classical ballet. The dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, for example, is a variation within the ballet Nutcracker. 

Why do we learn variations?

Variations challenge us technically as well as in different ways than class work. A variation has performance qualities, linking steps (such as nicely and gracefully walking/running to different areas of the stage), and pulls together many different skills that we work on in ballet technique classes.

Plus, they often involve props like fans and are a lot of fun! 

About the workshops

Each 3-hour workshop will consist of a barre warmup focusing specifically on warming you up for the key steps in the variation, followed by learning the variation!

Each workshop is $80.

Limit 4 dancers per workshop.

Beginner workshop

When: Saturday June 23rd from 3:30-6:30pm

What: We'll learn Aurora Act III from Sleeping Beauty.

Level: Approximately 3 months of dancing with Broche Ballet should suffice to be ready for this workshop! If you're on pointe, you're welcome to join in your pointe shoes.

If you want to join and you’re not sure of your level, just ask and we’d be happy to help!

Intermediate workshop

When: Saturday June 30th from 3:30-6:30pm

What: Kitri Act III from Don Quixote (Note that there will be just a couple of modifications to fit in our studio space)

Level: The footwork and steps of this variation are a bit more complex and challenging. If you have been dancing for a couple of years, and generally feel comfortable with footwork, this workshop is suitable for you! If you're on pointe, you're welcome to join in your pointe shoes. 

If you want to join and you’re not sure of your level, just ask and we’d be happy to help!

Meet your workshop instructor, Laura Whitby

laura whitby

Laura Whitby, a New Jersey native, received the bulk of her dance training with Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio. She continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy before joining Houston Ballet II in 2008. She also spent seasons with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and Charlotte Ballet II. While with these second companies, she performed acclaimed contemporary work as well as full length classics like Swan Lake. In 2014, she graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelors of Science in Ballet, with an Outside Field in Applied Health Science and a Minor in Spanish. At IU, she studied under Violette Verdy and performed principal roles in various ballets, including many by George Balanchine. Upon graduating, Whitby then danced with the Sacramento Ballet for three seasons, performing Swan Lake, Balanchine ballets, as well as Arabian and Rose in Ron Cunningham's The Nutcracker. 

Alongside her professional ballet career, she has taught ballet at various dance academies around the country, working with dancers of all ages and abilities. She focuses on placement, cleanliness, proper engagement of muscles, and elegance in her teaching and loves sharing her passion for dance and movement with others. She is also a Certified Pilates Instructor and enjoys yoga, cooking, and the outdoors.

Register by June 1st

Please note that if each workshop does not reach 3 participants by June 1st, unfortunately it will be canceled and you will be refunded in full. Each individual workshop much reach 3 participants to run.