From Saturday 6 February, there is an opportunity to join Ballet Master Alejandro Parente, who will teach a series of three masterclasses from Argentina, with The Royal Ballet's Marianela Nuñez participating from London.
The events are organised by London's centre for dance teaching, Danceworks.
Each masterclass will begin with standard barre work, focusing on upper body placement, posture, arm movement and coordination. Centre work will start with simple steps progressing towards more challenging sequences, including pirouettes and some jumps. The aim is to help dancers maintain their technique while assisting the students to remain injury-free. Participants will have the opportunity to send in questions for Parente and Nuñez, and the price includes a copy of the masterclass recording.
The ticket to attend costs £12 and the classes run from 10.30 GMT until midday.
Alejandro Parente joined the company Ballet Estable del Teatro Colón as a corps de ballet member when he was just 16. He was quickly promoted to principal dancer, and in 2018 he retired after 29 years with the company.
In Argentina, he first met Marianela Nuñez when they danced the Don Quixote pas de deux – she was 14, he was 24. When she was 15, she left South America to join The Royal Ballet, becoming a principal at 20.
Parente now works as a guest teacher internationally recently collaborating with Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Rome Opera Ballet, the Colón Theatre Ballet in Buenos Aires, and The Royal Ballet in London.
Booking to attend the masterclass can be made through the Danceworks site, and the link to participate will be sent out 30 minutes before the online class begins.
Danceworks online from studio 10
Saturday 6, 13, and 20 February 2021 from 10.30 to 12.00 GMT
Price: £12 each
General level – all ages
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