In these ballet technique classes, we focus on foundational themes from the teaching philosophy of Janet Panetta, such as musicality, functional alignment, and direction in space. Anatomic instruction is paired with nuanced individual coaching. We will warm up our bodies through exercises at the ballet barre, then move to the centre and progress our physical expressions across the floor and with jumping. In technique class, we dance with intention. We enter a learning process where we pay attention to the information we get from our bodies and use that to become more specific about how we move. We become intimate with the principles of the exercises and have the chance to practice that knowledge as an integrated experiment with the ballet vocabulary. Over several sessions, we are able to find the most confident, efficient, and enjoyable approach that can serve our movement quality in a variety of forms and performative situations.
My aim is for the class to welcome anyone interested with some experience with ballet.
born in the United States, is a Bessie-nominated dancer and performer whose practice spans choreography, film, pedagogy, costume, and research. After receiving early dance training at The School of American Ballet, Champlin emerged in New York’s experimental dance scene, where he worked with artists such as Miguel Gutierrez, Xavier le Roy, Heather Kravas, David Gordon, Jillian Peña, Pam Tanowitz, Madeline Hollander, and Ryan McNamara. He has assisted the ballet teacher Janet Panetta internationally. He has been a guest lecturer at The New School University, Stockholm University of the Arts, University of the Arts Berlin / HZT, and Zurich University of the Arts, as well as at ImpulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival and Cullberg. In Vienna, he has worked with artists Brigitte Wilfing, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Peter Kozek, and Thomas Hörl. He is a current PhD candidate at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he is doing doctoral research on ballet and contemporary culture.