Become Odette, the White Swan from Swan Lake

We'll be learning the beautiful, vulnerable, and innocent White Swan variation from Swan Lake.

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! 



WHEN: The workshop will meet on 4 Friday's from 6-8pm: 

  • September 21st
  • September 28th
  • October 5th
  • October 12th

WHAT: Each 2-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! We'll learn the same variation over 4 weeks so that you have a chance to really polish it up. 

WHERE: The workshop will meet at our Bannock Street studio.

PRICE: $200 for all 4 Friday's (unfortunately we cannot offer makeups for any missed sessions).

LEVEL: All levels welcome! If you are on pointe, you're welcome to join in your pointe shoes.

WHAT TO WEAR: Your usual ballet attire! If you want to look and feel like a swan, you are welcome to purchase a white practice tutu to wear for the workshop. They're about $50-$80 and are super fun! Click here for options on Discount Dancewear.

Be sure to bring your phone if you'd like a video of yourself at the end of the workshop!

Meet your workshop instructor, Laura Whitby

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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 for the White Swan workshop

The workshop will be limited to just 4 dancers!

Register below for a one-time payment of $200. If you would like to pay in two installments of $100 in September and $100 in October, please get in touch at and we can help!