Class: Ballet Technique Across and In-Between Borders with Lisa Fusillo

Lisa Fusillo, Professor
University of Georgia, USA

This ballet master class will offer ballet technique across and in-between “borders” by presenting a class constructed with exercises in various training styles of long-established schools and technique training by ballet pedagogues and choreographers – Vaganova, Bouornonville, Cecchetti de Valois, and Balanchine.  Specific exercises from each of the codified training syllabi, Vaganova, Bournonville, Cecchetti de Valois, as well as exercises in the training style specific to the “Balanchine-style”, will be taught. During the class, participants will learn fine nuances of each of these styles and training methods.  This class has been developed from rigorous and thorough embodied experience and scholarly study of ballet pedagogy, including professional training, performance and teaching in these styles and methods of training.  Reflecting the instructor’s professional background and body of research in ballet pedagogies, the master class will offer a unique blend of practical, theoretical, and historical scholarly experiences.

Lisa A. Fusillo began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and later trained in New York, London, Russia and Denmark.  She holds the Professional Teaching Diploma from the Royal Ballet School in London; teaching and performance certifications from the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing – Cecchetti Society; and holds certifications from the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and the New York City Ballet Education Department. Her choreography has been presented in Europe, Asia and at the International Ballet Competition (Jackson). Fusillo is a Fulbright Scholar and has published articles on Léonide Massine, Charles Weidman, and dance in American musical theatre.  She is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts grants, is the founder/director of Dance Repertory Project, and is on the dance faculty at the University of Georgia.

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