Master Classes with Sarah Burney on August 6 & 7, 2018
Sarah Burney began dancing at the age of three and by the age of twelve, she was training each summer in Los Angeles with some of the top choreographers of that time. In 2001, Sarah began college in Chicago, Illinois where she was privileged to work alongside some amazing educators and choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Brooke Pierotti, and Chris Jacobsen. They inspired her to begin her career as a teacher and choreographer in 2004, and soon after she was working with several of the top studios in the United States. Sarah was featured in the June 2009 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, as a Co-Director for a top studio in the Chicago area. In 2010 she began her own pre- professional dance company, Prevail Performing Arts. Sarah is currently a faculty member of Shock the Intensive, Street of Dreams Dance Convention, and most recently joined the staff of Mocean – A Westside Dance Wave located in West L.A. She is also a guest choreographer for several studios across the country where her pieces have gone on to win several national titles, and many of her students are now working professionally in the industry. Sarah is currently living in Los Angeles, California where she has been lucky to dance with the Inspirati Dance Company, creating several promotional works, most recently for the Make a Wish Foundation. She also has performed for Melody Lacayanga at the Carnival Choreographer’s Ball. Sarah also choreographed for the artistic choreography showcase, Dance in Progress in Downtown, Los Angeles. Proudly represented by Go 2 Talent Agency, Sarah looks forward to her new endeavors on the west coast and is thrilled to continue educating artists about what truly inspires them to move, and to embrace the process in which dance is created.
Don’t let its name scare you, dancers. It’s not synchronized swimming. It is, quite literally, ballet done in the water. Depending on the instructor or what you decide to do, you might not even have to get your hair wet! As dancers, we are constantly trying to improve our technique, define our muscles, and understand our bodies. Underwater ballet allows us to do just that. You do not need any special training or any equipment. Just grab a swimsuit, some of your dance friends, and go to a pool.
Underwater ballet simply consists of performing various ballet exercises in the water. The water provides a resistance that naturally forces you to use your muscles more conscientiously. Because of the water resistance, exercises are slower and more controlled. This enables you to become hyper-aware of your alignment, your rotating muscles, and the overall position of your body. Furthermore, because it is harder to move in water, your muscles will be working harder as well –almost as if you were using light weights. The next time you are in a pool, try doing a développé or a grand battement. You will find that in lifting your leg to the correct position, you might be more aware of the positioning of your hips or the use of your abdominal muscles. Then, as you close your développé or grand battement against the pull of the water, you will most prominently feel your rotating muscles and hip adductors engaging. It allows you to really feel each muscle group that is needed to properly perform an exercise. It later becomes easier to identify these muscles outside of the water in your normal ballet class.
More information to come soon!