Campus Rec offers Ballet: Challenge and Technique

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Ballet toes

DO A LITTLE DANCE, MAKE A LITTLE LOVE. Campus Recreation challenges experienced ballet dancers at Western. There are no tutus in these classes.

After your parents spent years forking over fees so you could perfect your pliés and pirouettes, your dancing dreams probably came to a screeching halt upon starting at Western. Now, those poor pink slippers may be buried beneath old yearbooks, lonely and forgotten.

But why let ballet become another casualty of your university life when Campus Recreation has the answer? It offers a weekly advanced level class that will get even the most experienced ballerina back on their toes.

The class, entitled ballet: challenge and technique, is an instructor-based workshop that, like the name suggests, is designed to hone the dancer’s technique and challenge their ability.

There are no auditions, competitions or recitals. The classes are meant to be strenuous, but fun.

Rachel Revner, a third-year kinesiology student and avid dancer, says though she studied ballet off and on for 13 years, the class is still not exactly a walk in the park.

“I find it really challenging. I haven’t danced since high school intensively and it’s something that I find really fun, but at the same time it really pushes me,” Revner explains. “It’s kind of an advanced class, but you get all different levels.”

Although anyone at any dance level can enroll in the class, it’s not recommended for the inexperienced. There’s an assumption all students have a general understanding of basic ballet terms and techniques.

If you do meet the criteria of an experienced dancer, don’t expect the class to transform you into the next Karen Kain. Eight classes are offered per semester.

“It’s good to work out on a regular basis, but it’s not consistent enough ... I feel like between semesters, I stop dancing,” Revner says.

Even if ballet is not your dancing niche, Campus Recreation has a variety of classes available. So dig through that closet, find those forgotten dancing shoes and let your feet do the rest.

Check out www.campusrec.uwo.ca for the complete list of dance classes offered.

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