To dance, as the great dancer-choreographer Martha Graham put it, is to express the hidden language of the soul, and to express something vital and unique about ourselves.
Dance's ability to set our creativity free has applications far beyond the stage, infusing us with the zest and savour of life. And ballet, as one of the most elegant forms of dance, isn't just grace and refinement, but also liveliness and excitement, energy and expression.
At M.A. BALLET, we believe in the joy and energy of dance, and in sharing it with people of all ages through our lessons in classical ballet and modern dance. Our ballet classes are aimed at a comprehensive range of needs and abilities, ranging from pre-ballet classes for three year olds to advanced courses for those preparing for overseas training, as well as one-to-one bespoke classes and introductory ballet for adults.
Regardless of the level of the course, we believe in working with our students in a nurturing, supportive environment, while also keeping with the spirit of competitive excellence found in the dance industry. Our approach is personalised to match the goals and objectives of our ballet and modern dance students, such that students can learn at their own pace. Based on our belief in offering our students the space in which to learn, explore, and experiment, we focus on individual areas for development, allowing each student to reach their fullest potential – and with our spacious, fully-equipped dance studio, it's not just a figure of speech, but also one which helps our students' choreography translate well to the stage.
We know that ballet isn't easy, but we don't believe that should discourage anyone. Even the very best dancers had to learn to walk before they could learn to dance, and everyone's slipped up along the way. So don't worry about making mistakes – we'll work with you every step of the way, to help you reach that great feeling when you learn something new, or achieve your own goals. Ultimately, we hope to inspire a life-long love for learning; as Jane Hackett put it, “dancers never stop learning. There is always something new to practice.”
MAYU WATANABE /Principal Instructor
Mayu's passion for dance began at an early age, leading her parents to enroll her into ballet school – a move that would transform a hobby into a lifelong career. Her passion and dedication to excellence bore fruit early, with 2001 seeing her winning 2nd place for the first Hokkaido Ballet Competition at the age of 16.
From that auspicious start, she then pursued further professional training at London's world-renowned Central School of Ballet, during which she performed in ballets such as Marius Petipa's Le Corsaire, and participated in the Ballet Central tour at 25 venues across the United Kingdom. During her time at school, Mayu continued to gain acclaim for abilities, winning both the 2006 Choreographic Trust and Central Trust Awards, and, in 2007, ultimately earned a bachelor's degree with first class honours in professional dance and performance.
As both a professional dancer and a teacher of dance, Mayu has been a fixture of Singapore's dance community since 2009, working with The Arts Fission Company and teaching creative dance to young children and the elderly. In that time, she has starred in such critically-acclaimed performances as The Rite of Spring: A People’s Stravinsky, in collaboration with the Esplanade and the Philharmonic Orchestra (Singapore), and Eat a Bitter Bloom, guest-choreographed by Charlotte Boye-Christenesen, artistic director of the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company from the United States. Beyond Singapore's shores, Mayu has also continued performing internationally, dancing for Petals in the Crowd in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rounding out Mayu's devotion to her craft is her concern with engaging with wider social issues through dance and dance education. For instance, The Rite of Spring: A People’s Stravinsky featured performers drawn from childrens' dance programmes and senior citizens' community care centres. Similarly, Mayu has worked with Angela Liong, founder and artistic director of The Arts Fission Company, to produce workshops for the treatment of dementia, in collaboration with researchers from the Singapore General Hospital. In 2011, in response to the Tōhoku earthquake, she collaborated with musician Yuzuru Maeda to organise and perform in a charity concert, Black Water & White Water.
To Mayu, the value of dance goes far beyond aesthetic expressions offered by a finely-honed craft. In her view, the rigours of dance condition both the body and mind, creating beauty within and without, contributing to one's lifelong health and well being. In starting a school of dance, Mayu aims to share not just the skills of dance, but also to inspire in children the importance of working well with a group, the value of self-discipline, and to strengthen the self esteem of her students.
Underlying the teaching methods at M.A. Ballet is Mayu's conviction that everyone has the right to pursue happiness – and that she can help people in their pursuit of happiness through dance. By providing a space in which her students can train and express their creativity, Mayu hopes to help her students overcome adversity to achieve their goals. Ultimately, to Mayu, none of us is an island – and through dance, we can share our passions, dreams and hopes with those around us.
Naomi Tan/ Instructor
Naomi is a teacher of Classical Ballet, having taught since 2011. She was trained at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), where she earned a Diploma in Dance. While still a student at NAFA, her skill and dedication were recognised in a number of awards, such as the Ngee Ann Kongsi Merit Award, the NAFA Scholarship, and the Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship. Upon graduation, Naomi danced full-time for The Arts Fission Company, one of Singapore’s most established contemporary dance companies. Over the course of her career in dance, she has had the privilege of working with renowned choreographers such as Lim Fei Shen, Peter Chin, Wallie Wolfguber, Pichet Klunchun, and Angela Liong. Her international exposure also extends to performing in festivals in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She enjoys working with children and contributing to their growth and character development. She believes that Ballet training has much to offer children of all ages. Not only does it encourage a good posture and builds physical strength, it also develops an eye for beauty and artistry, and most importantly, it builds discipline and character, nurturing children to have strong minds and hearts.
Jessie Ang/ Administrator
4:30pm-5:30pm Ballet Level 1 (age5-7)
5:30pm-6:45pm Ballet Level 2 (age7-10)
4:15pm-5:00pm Pre-Ballet (age3-5)
5:15pm-6:15pm Ballet Level 1 (age5-7)
5:15pm-6:30pm Ballet Level2 (age 7-10)
10:00am-11:00am Adult Ballet (Beginners-Intermediate)
11:00am-12:00pm Adult Ballet (Beginners-Intermediate)
Available for Private Lesson (contact us for more details)
Pre-Ballet (age 3-5)
Specially crafted for children from three to five years of age, M.A. Ballet's Pre-Ballet programme is centred on the fundamentals of ballet, with a particular emphasis on co-ordination, as well as spatial awareness. To encourage a sense of rhythm and musicality, classical and instrumental music is used during the course.
At M.A. Ballet, we believe that children are naturally creative, capable of communicating their thoughts and feelings in many ways. In addition to teaching the basics of ballet, our Pre-Ballet programme also aims to cultivate the students' natural creativity through fun movements and dancing with their friends, so as to help them discover how to express their personalities through dance.
Ballet Level1 (age5-7)
Focusing on the foundations of classical ballet, M.A. Ballet's Level 1 programme teaches students aged six to eight essential skills such as basic positions and developing good control over one's steps. Students will also be trained in the musicality of ballet – to understand the relationship between music and dance.
M.A. Ballet's Level 1 programme also focuses on exercises to build physical flexibility and stretching ability. As part of our focus on developing our students' physical abilities, students will also be introduced to barre training, in which slow bends and stretches – with feet kept close to the ground – are used to gradually expand the range, strength, and precision of our students' movements.
Ballet Level2 (age7-10)
5:15pm-6:30pm (Tuesday & Thursday)
Building on the foundational skills acquired during the Level 1 programme, M.A. Ballet's Level 2 programme introduces the students, aged eight to ten, to a wider range of techniques and movements, such as pointe work. At this stage, we focus more on footwork, extension and the placement of body posture, as well as strength-building exercises. As a student's ability to concentrate is key to maintaining posture and movement, our programme also teaches students concentration skills.
Based on the technical and concentration skills acquired at this level, our students will learn the slow, smooth movements which are necessary for adage, a succession of graceful movements, whether simple or complex, to be performed with ease and fluidity. In addition to adage, students will also progress from little jumps and traveling steps, to combined steps and larger jumps which fully utilise the space of the studio.
Ballet Level 3 (age 11-13)
Specifically tailored to aged 11-14, M.A. Ballet's Level 3 programme introduces increasingly demanding techniques. As the skills to be acquired at this level require greater strength and flexibility, the programme's core rests on the training and development of core strength, stamina, concentration, flexibility, and posture.
At this stage, we will give particular focus on expressions while dancing, the better to enhance the elegance and quality of their movements. Students will learn how to respond to music via their movements, while also learning certain ballet repertoires. Combined with the physical conditioning and technical training learned at this level, we believe that our students will be very confident in their musicality and dancing ability by the end of this course.
Ballet Level 4 (age14-16)
As an advanced-level course suitable for students 14 to 16 years of age or older, M.A. Ballet's Level 4 programme is also suitable for pre-professional dancers, or for those wishing to prepare for overseas training.
At this level of the programme, we provide comprehensive preparation for professional ballet school, as well as training for auditions. Advanced dance drills will be covered in depth, alongside exercises and movements. As a whole, the Level 4 programme's main objective is to fine-tune our students' techniques, and to practice solo variations.
10:00am-11:00am (Friday) & 11:00am-12:00pm (Saturday)
Our adult ballet course is an introduction to ballet for adults – no previous ballet experience required! In short, the course focuses on simple, fundamental ballet exercises, as well as ballet barre and centre work. To help perform these exercises, the course also covers physical conditioning, with an emphasis on body alignment, basic stretching, and stamina-building exercises.
Through these basic techniques and exercises, students will explore the dynamics between music and movement, and work their way towards accomplishing simplified dance moves adapted from well-known ballet repertoires.
M.A. Ballet offers bespoke courses for students above eight years of age. Based on the student's own skills, this course is fully personalised, and tuned precisely to develop their abilities. M.A. Ballet's bespoke classes are all conducted on a one-to-one basis, and will focus on specific areas of improvement based on the student's needs. As these courses are individually tailored, a flexible schedule is available.
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Address: 8 Claymore Hill Road #01-03 to 06, Singapore 229572
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Administrator: Jessie Ang)
Call: +65 8399 6091 (Principal Instructor: Mayu)
ENQUIRIES: Please contact us for detailed information concerning our classes. (You can register for your trial lesson via http://www.maballet.com/trial-registration/)
Job Openings: M.A BALLET School is currently hiring for the following position
Part-Time Ballet Instructor
He/She shall have a strong background in classical ballet technique with Diploma or Degree in Dance. Teaching Experience necessary.
Please send your CV with pictures and contact us for further information.