August 1, 2014, 6PM-7:45PM
Texas Ballet Theater Studios
1540 Mall Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Ballet Technique with Jessica Zeller
This professional level ballet class will examine the relationship between technique and artistry. It will address concepts of anatomically sound ballet technique, and will press dancers to consider how they might consciously develop individual approaches to expression within the parameters of the classical vocabulary.
Jessica Zeller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University, where she teaches ballet, pointe, and variations, as well as dance history, theoretical courses, and pedagogy courses in both the BFA and MFA programs. Zeller holds a PhD in Dance Studies and an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and she completed her undergraduate work in ballet at Butler University. Before her professional career in New York that included several freelance projects as well as work in development at American Ballet Theatre, she studied ballet with Maggie Black and Rochelle Zide-Booth; her article on Black’s teaching appeared in Dance Chronicle in 2009, and her research on Zide-Booth’s teaching is included in the 2013 anthology, Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies, edited by Melanie Bales and Karen Eliot, and published by Oxford University Press. Zeller’s current research examines the development and genealogy of nineteenth and twentieth century ballet pedagogy, and it explores the integration of progressive pedagogical approaches into the higher education dance curriculum.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class with your
email receipt and confirmation number as proof of purchase.
Following class, please join us at the home of Krista Jennings Langford (co-founding director of FurtherDance Fort Worth) for light snacks and refreshments (coffee! wine! etc.!). We would love to meet and talk with you about your ideas, struggles, and plans for your dance career. Address will be provided to class registrants the week of class.