Classical Ballet with Mary Pat Robertson

Classes

Minimum age: 14

Wednesday: Classical Ballet

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 11.30-13:00
  • Fee: £12

STARTS 8TH JUNE 

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.

Biography

Mary Pat Robertson has helped hundreds of students, both aspiring professionals and enthusiastic life-long learners, enjoy the art of ballet and achieve their personal goals.  Trained in the United States, she credits David Howard, Merce Cunningham, and Marjorie Mussman as being among the teachers who most influenced her, along with over 40 years of work in Pilates.  For 30 years, Mary Pat was Director of Princeton Ballet School, the feeder school for American Repertory Ballet and one of the largest ballet schools in the U.S.  While in that position, she created and taught in both their Professional Training Program and their international Trainee Program, as well as their Adult Open Enrollment Division, and led a faculty including former principal dancers with New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.  She developed a full curriculum for the school, with emphasis on “working from within” to understand technique.  She is proud of the fact that many dancers have found this approach prepared them for work in a wide variety of techniques.  Former students have become principal dancers in New York City Ballet (Unity Phelan), Pacific Northwest Ballet (Angelica Generosa), and have danced on Broadway and in contemporary dance companies such as those of Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and Alvin Ailey.  

Mary Pat is also a choreographer, having founded and directed a contemporary dance company and choreographed over a dozen operas. She has been honored by both the Arts Council of Princeton and the United States Congress.  A graduate of Stanford University, she is also a speaker and writer in the field of dance, and has taught master classes in France, Italy, and across the United States. She moved to London in November 2021.

Class Description

Mary Pat’s classes combine an analytical approach to technique with a strong emphasis on musicality, allowing the flow of movement to integrate with the flow of breath and music throughout the phrase.  She likes to give lots of personal attention to each student and encourages each to work at their individual capacity to find strength and joy in ballet technique.  Her keen eye has helped many students resolve technique issues, and she strives to help dancers understand their individual body structure in order to minimise injuries.  The class is appropriate for dancers age 14 and up, either aspiring professionals or those who wish to continue challenging themselves and enjoying the art of ballet.