Classical Ballet & Pointe with Mariana Gomes

Classes

Minimum age: 16

Sunday: Pointe Technique

  • Level: Int
  • Time: 1:00-2:00pm
  • Price: £12

Sunday: Classical Ballet

  • Level: Int
  • Time: 5:30-7:00pm
  • Price: £12

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.

Biography

After seeing Mariana Gomes dance at the Bolshoi’s School in Brazil, legendary dancer Vladimir Vasiliev recommended her to the Bolshoi Theater Ballet Company. After a year’s internship, Alexei Ratmansky offered her a contract and she became the first Brazilian dancer to join the famed company. She danced for 17 years as a first place artist in 35 ballets, including classical, neoclassical, and modern choreography. Mariana also danced many solo roles in La Sylphide, the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Symphony of Psalms, Jewels, Don Quixote,
and other ballets. She toured with the Bolshoi Ballet to more than 15 countries and has shared the stage
with many legendary Bolshoi dancers such as Svetlana Zakharova and Nikolai Tsiskaridze, and with guest artists Carlos Acosta and Diana Vishneva. She worked with many great choreographers, including Yuri Grigorovich, Alexey
Ratmansky, John Neumeier, Pierre Lacotte, Sergei Vikharev, Yuri Burlaka, and Johan Kobborg .
She studied pedagogy in classical dance – the Vaganova Method –at the Russian Theatre Institute (2009-2013), mentored by the Bolshoi prima ballerina and coach Svetlana Aderhaeva and Anna Leonova. Since 2020, she has taught at the renowned Central Ballet School under the direction of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Ekaterina Shipulina. She has also taught in Brazil and given online classes in Greece and Taiwan. In 2022 she received the title of Consul of Dance, Official Member of the International Dance Council–UNESCO. In 2022, she participated in the presentation of an
International Dance Networking Project at the International Dance Congress in Greece. Today Mariana is based in the UK where she has been recognized by the Arts Council as a dancer and teacher of Exceptional Global Talent.

Class Description

Classical Ballet Class – Vaganova Method
A classical ballet class based on the teachings of the famous teacher Svetlana Aderhaeva who has taught and coached Mariana and many Bolshoi Ballet dancers, including principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Anastasia Stashkevich. An academic class, using the Vaganova method, with a focus on maintaining the technique in a relaxed and joyful Brazilian way. Mariana prioritizes musicality, precision of movement, and joy and pleasure in dancing.

At the barre, she focuses on placement and precision, and in center work, she emphasizes balance and turns. Her combinations are danceable and incorporate expansive movements and large jumps, which allows the student to feel the joy of dancing on a stage.

Pointe Description

The Pointe Class is based on the Russian Vaganova method: starting at the barre with foot warm-ups and balance, moving to dancing combinations on pointe in the center, and ending with corps de ballet and solo variations from the Bolshoi Ballet’s classical repertoire.