Miss Calista's Jazz III and Tap III Changing Days!

Hi everybody!

Due to a lack of enrollment, and some enthusiastic responses to a change, we have decided to move the day of my Jazz III and Tap III classes. Instead of Monday’s, these classes will now take place on Saturday’s from 2-4 pm. This change will not be in effect for this coming Saturday, 8/24, but will start on the following Saturday, 8/31.

Again, this means that there will not be Jazz III and Tap III on either Saturday, 8/24, or Monday, 8/26. These classes will pick back up again on Saturday, 8/31, and every Saturday thereafter.

Thank you!

Miss Calista

Come Dance at 9AM!

Good Morning!

Rise & shine. Come dance to the music with me!

I have lots of new (to us! Lol) music from Patience Clements, Richard Maddock, and Michael Roberts—three of the BEST musicians to care about Ballet Classroom Recoded Music. Wonderful. 

And, I am obsessing about the gorgeous Mendelssohn/Isaac Stern Music which will anchor my NEW original choreography, in collaboration with modern sections choreographed by Miss Grace) on the stage of The Stevie Eller! Our integrated full length piece. Challenging & glorious. What could be better?

Remember to study my new series of Ballet Set Classroom Exercises and prototypes—The Miss Cecily/Sofia/Chloe project. :) With easy access to examples of the quality ballet technique—my style—on short clips, you can JumpStart your Ballet Joy!

See you at 9AM for Ballet Technique. I an revved up and ready to be your ballet guide. 

Miss Cecily

Come to Miss Cecily's Saturday Ballet Technique Class!

Hello ABT Dance Family :)

I am once again—after a break of a few years—teaching Saturday Morning 9AM Ballet Technique Class. 

This is an Open Class to Intermediate level dancers, mainly Teens & Adults. Advanced dancers will find the class challenging and fun! Less advanced Dancers who are brave and eager to learn are more than welcome to try. :) With the right attitude you will soar!

As you may or may not know, I have been teaching 9 AM Ballet Classes in our perfect Tucson location on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays since January 3rd, 2003. 

There is nothing better than dancing at 9AM!  

Please, consider attending my New Fall Semester Saturday Time Slot; you will get all the endorphins you will need. 

Remember to review all the Set Exercise videos that I have posting on Facebook and on the website. :)

We are already having a fun, productive, busy semester and we are just finishing Week Two!

I could not be happier :)

Thank you,

Miss Cecily, 

Your Ballet Guide

Studio Updates

We have had a very good week here at the studio. Congratulations, dancers.

We are still trying to build enrollment in Miss Cecily’s Saturday Morning classes, and the Monday 4:30pm Ballet III class. If you take with Miss Cecily, you should come to class.

Everyone should keep studying the special Ballet Exercise videos that Miss Cecily is posting, on our Gallery page.

Finally, auditions for Miss Cecily’s Mendelssohn piece will be held in September. Get ready, dancers!

— Arizona Ballet Theatre

Four New Videos!

We have four new videos on our gallery today for everyone to study.

Latest Waltz, August 2019. Left Side, from the front. :) Sofie/Miss Cecily Project

Short Frappé Combination leading into “the normal ending” -- High Pas de Bourreé into Fourth, Relevé and hold until you are ready for a quick plié into en dehors turn, clean close Fifth, sashé forward into relevé first Arabasque -- one relevé or many!

Chloe/Miss Cecily Project. The Brain Teaser Saut de Chat Grand Allegro!!!!

Chloe beautifully demonstrates “The Brain Teaser” Grand Allegro! On both sides. :) Still learning how to video my signature combinations in our Big Blue Studio. Study it.

Thank you, Chloe!

The Foot Exercise - Just do it!

Thank you Sofia, for demonstrating in pointe shoes. This translates into flat slippers perfectly. Do THIS to develop your “prehensile” ballet feet!

— Miss Cecily

Introducing a Special Opportunity for our Young Dancers in Ballet I and II!

Hello dancers, movers and shakers!

Hoping this new fall semester is treating you well and all our ABT families had renewing summers! I’m Miss Grace, one of the faculty members at ABT. You’ve probably seen me around the studio as I teach a variety of levels at our beautiful location in Sam Hughes.

As we continue our collective dance journey, it is important to push ourselves and work on furthering our technique and expanding our dance knowledge. For many students that means considering shifting dance schedules, adding classes and trying new things!

As you have seen, Miss Cecily has been posting fabulous videos of our “set exercises,” featuring our most advanced ballerina executing the movements to perfection. This is a great tool everyone is encouraged to use from home and practice in class. Once a student feels confident in these set exercises, they are welcome to move on and try a more advanced class. 

For our students in Ballet I who are eager to move up, we’ve created a special opportunity for you—the Thursday Ballet I and Ballet II classes will be combined for the remaining month of August in the hopes our young students can familiarize themselves with the movements and transition to more advanced classes, and ultimately spend more time here at the studio, indulging in the divine practice of dance!

I look forward to seeing many faces in the Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM sessions, were I will be teaching along with Miss Cecily, so that all students will have the opportunity to ask questions, practice and feel comfortable with their growing ballet vocabulary.

On a side note, I would also like to promote our brand new class this semester, our Modern I for ages 13 and up. This class is designed for our adults and teens who would like to learn about modern dance movement and try a different style. Please join me on Thursdays from 6–7 PM for rolling, jumping, spiraling, and traveling movement.

Thank you for your support and presence at studio. I look forward to seeing everyone at ABT in the near and immediate future. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. 

Thanks, 

Miss Grace

Sidewalk Construction ALERT

Hello Everyone!

We are reminding everyone that our sidewalk will be under construction this week. The front doors will likely be unavailable on Wednesday, 8/14, and Thursday, 8/15, and the parking spots in front of ABT will be blocked off.

There’s an open parking lot on the side of and behind Rincon Market across the street. You can always park there.

Our back doors will be open for the duration. Walk around the tattoo shop and through the alley and you’ll come to our back doors. Or, you can drive around to the back, drop your child off, and then go park behind Rincon Market.

This process will only be going on for a few days, and then we will have a beautiful new, safe sidewalk, with benches and a bike rack.

We thank everyone for bearing with us through the inconvenience. 

Sincerely,

Miss Cecily

Arizona Ballet Theatre

News & Announcements!

Auditions for my Mendelssohn Three Section Ballet—tentatively called “Hidden Treasures, Sparkling Jewels”—will be held in the three weeks ahead. There will be a sign-up sheet for interested participants in the Lobby, as well, with requirements to perform. 

Preview — The Stevie Eller Dance Theatre — December 15th from 1-3, 2019. With Holiday Fun, Potluck & More :)

Our in-theatre rehearsal and Performance Week runs May 26th to May 31st, 2020!

Save the dates!

I couldn’t be more excited for the dance journey ahead!

All are welcome at ABT! Come find the class that best suits your dance needs

— Miss Cecily

Open House Excerpt

The fun finale of Melissa’s Fifteen Minute Demo Tap Class at our awesome Open House yesterday. 

The Arizona Ballet Theatre ballet train is getting ready to pull out of the station and get the move on :)

— Miss Cecily, engineer and Ballet Guide 

Chloe & Miss Cecily Video Project - Petite Allegro

Good Morning. Today’s clip is a very tricky Petite Allegro Combination done at the barre with our lovely Chloe! I show it from behind (we are still at barre), which is actually the best way, by far, to learn choreography. 

Unusually difficult because it is composed of eight different steps. A little over the top, I admit, but so good for the mind/body connection. :)

Thank you, Chloe!


Sidewalk Construction

Hello Everyone!

We want to let you know that next week there will be sidewalk construction in front of Arizona Ballet Theatre. The front doors will likely be unavailable on Wednesday, 8/14, and Thursday, 8/15, and the parking spots in front of ABT will be blocked off.

There’s an open parking lot on the side of and behind Rincon Market across the street. You can always park there.

Our back doors will be open for the duration. Walk around the tattoo shop and through the alley and you’ll come to our back doors. Or, you can drive around to the back, drop your child off, and then go park behind Rincon Market.

This process will only be going on for a few days, and then we will have a beautiful new, safe sidewalk, with benches and a bike rack.

We thank everyone for bearing with us through the inconvenience. 

Sincerely,

Miss Cecily

Arizona Ballet Theatre


Excited About the First Week of the Fall Semester!

I am very excited about our first week of the Fall Semester 2019 so far. 

Tomorrow Morning I am teaching a Full Ballet Block including Mini Pointe. Those who wish to study with me should attend the appropriate class. 

Also, if you see our ad at The Loft please message or text or email me ASAP! 

This Sunday we are having an open house. I encourage everyone to stop in!

Thank you so much!

We are going to have the most positive upbeat dance year of our lives!

Miss Cecily, your enthusiastic ballet guide. 

PS - Study the Sofia/Miss Cecily Project Videos! You will take a giant leap forward! Literally.

Today is the very first day of our Dance Semester Fall 2019! We are off to a good start. Mia, Calista & I will see you later today!

Remember that there is plenty of parking on the North Side of Sixth, behind Bob Dobb’s & Rincon Market & to the east of Verabelle!

Also, do not be surprised by the construction on the east end of our sidewalk near the barber shop & massage & therapy businesses. 

Raf will be at the desk to assist you and answer your questions. 

I am very excited! I have made some of the musical selections for our performances in December & May! 

Come Dance & Be Happy TODAY, August 5th, 2019 at Arizona Ballet Theatre!

Miss Cecily

Sofie & Miss Cecily Project Video -- Day Four!

FYI -Sofie is currently on a European Dance, Music & Family adventure. We wish her a magical journey and look forward to many beautiful stories. 

Here she executes my set Plié Combination, adapted to her omnipresent pointe shoes. As the MOST advanced, accomplished Ballet Dancer at ABT, I hope to inspire you to NEW heights!

Come Dance & Be Happy at ABT! The Fall Semester Officially Begins TOMORROW.

Here Comes the Fall Semester!

Our Fall Semester officially starts on Monday, August 5th!

While many have registered with JackRabbit, thank you so much, others have not yet made their class preferences known. 

Please notice that I have resumed my old teaching schedule now that I have recovered from my retina surgery and horrible months long struggle with vertigo! I am feeling great and totally excited about plans for Arizona Ballet Theatre. 

Please review every video I post from the Sofia/Miss Cecily Project! You will be ahead in your quest to become a skillful ballet dancer. 

Final thought of this post- while things rarely get truly going in Tucson until after Labor Day, I will be cancelling and combining classes based on enrollment. 

Come Dance & Be Happy with our upbeat faculty and me, Miss Cecily!!!