We return calls between 10am and 4pm. Northwest Ballet Academy Ltd. provides quality ballet training for children, teens and adults throughout the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.
Along with ballet, we offer jazz, modern, character and Pilates training. We have a passion for all genres of dance, but it is our belief that ballet is the foundation of all other forms. That is why we teach proper ballet technique, coupled with a disciplined approach that includes personal correction; live, piano accompaniment; and instruction in ballet vocabulary, history and variations from the classical repertoire. Benefits of Choosing Northwest Ballet Academy •Limited class sizes. •Large, modern studios with sprung-wood floors to minimize the chances for injury. •Full suite of intermediate and advanced classes. •Renowned children’s programs. •Adult classes that focus on improving balance, flexibility and strength. •Pilates-mat classes. •Graded Cecchetti courses. •Full summer sessions •Highly trained, professional faculty •Performance opportunities. •Northwest Ballet Ensemble performing company •Access to professionally trained dance instructors
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Jules Perrot choreographed a famous ballet called Pas de Quatre in which 4 of the leading ballerinas of the Romantic Age danced together. This ballet was presented in London in 1845 featuring Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito, and Lucile Grahn. The management found it extremely difficult to work with 4 temperamental and egotistical ballet stars.
[12/23/20] We want to thank our students for their support during these difficult times. The staff wishes all of you a Happy Holiday season. We hope to see everyone "in person" in January.
[12/22/20] Carlotta Grisi was one of the greatest ballerinas of the Romantic Age, performing as a soloist in London, Paris, Milan, and St. Petersburg. She danced the title role in the ballet, Giselle, choreographed by Jules Perrot in 1841. She was know for her elevation in jumps, technical virtuosity, and acting ability.
[12/21/20] NORTHWEST BALLET WILL BE CLOSED STARTING DECEMBER 21 FOR THE HOLIDAYS. CLASSES WILL RESUME JANUARY 11.
[12/17/20] “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.” - Agnes De Mille
[12/15/20] August Bournonville's training system stressed the male dance technique. This, in an era where the rest of Europe was focusing strictly on the ballerina. Bournonville was himself a strong dancer with excellent elevation (hang time) and mime. HIs class work has been preserved by subsequent generations of Danes, and many of his ballets are still performed.
[12/10/20] The time you spend in the ballet theater is always an opportunity for growth, even those times that feel hard. Even if you receive criticism for certain faults, it should be seen as an invitation to improve.
[12/08/20] August Bournonville trained in Paris, and then returned to Copenhagen as a dancer, and then became the ballet master of the Royal Danish Ballet in 1830. He believed in equality for men and women on stage. The male dancers in Bournonville's ballets rarely lifted the ballerina. The male and female leads danced side by side, with both receiving equal "solo" time.
Dancers at Northwest have leaned some ballet history this fall. Marie Taglioni was the first ballerina who played the lead in her father's ballet La Sylphide. Her father drilled her 6 hours per day, to make sure she was strong enough to play the role. Filippo Taglioni's version of the ballet disappeared, but Auguste Bournonville created his own version for the Royal Danish Ballet. This ballet is still performed today.
[12/01/20] “Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policemen, always alert, always tense-- but see, policemen don't have to be beautiful at the same time.” - George Balanchine
[11/26/20] As a young dancer, you need to explore how you learn best. While some dancers are visual, others are more visceral. Spend a little extra time before or after rehearsal reviewing choreography to better understand your learning style.
AS OF NOVEMBER 20, NORTHWEST BALLET HAS MOVED TO VIRTUAL CLASSES, FOLLOWING CDC AND STATE GUIDELINES.
NO CLASS NOVEMBER 26-29 DUE TO THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY. ZOOM CLASSES RESUME NOVEMBER 30.
[11/24/20] It’s true that it takes an extraordinary amount of dedication and determination to thrive as a ballet dancer. But remember your physical body also needs rest in order to heal and recover. Don’t’ forget about balance!
[11/19/20] As a dancer, you need to feed your body wisely. How and what you eat directly affects your performance and recovery. Eat nutritious food and drink enough water and electrolytes to keep your muscles hydrated and perform well on stage.
[11/17/20] “When you take dancing lessons, you learn steps and you learn steps and you learn steps. It can go on for a long time. And then one day, you just learn to dance, and it is so different.” - Bill Austin
[11/12/20] What is ‘pas de deux’ in ballet? In ballet, a pas de deux is a dance duet in which two dancers, typically a male and a female, perform ballet steps together. Pas de deux is actually a French word meaning “step of two”.
[11/10/20] Which is the oldest national ballet company in the world? Well, if you’ve named the Paris Opera Ballet, then you’re right! Founded in 1669, it is one of the three most prestigious ballet companies on Earth.
[11/05/20] Your body performs its best in a relaxed state. So, before every ballet dance performance, take a few deep breaths and clear your mind. Consider doing meditation for a few minutes before you begin to move.
[11/03/20] Ballet is a perfect way to introduce your child into the world of dance. Ballet builds strength, discipline, focus, and the ability to work with others. Other forms of dance can be added once the students has a firm grasp of ballet technique.
[10/29/20] The Swan Lake ballet by Giscard Rasquin and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky which took place more than a hundred years ago is still being performed today. Moreover, its choreography is almost kept the same as it was in its original form.
[10/27/20] Stretching every day will help make your body more flexible. This will improve your line, ease of movement, and help prevent injury. However, it is important no to over-stretch as this, too, can lead to injury.
[10/22/20] Marie Taglioni was one if the first ballerinas to popularize dancing en pointe. After Marie Taglioni's retirement, a group of fans purchased her old ballet slippers for 200 rubles. They then, cooked and ate her shoes
Marie Taglioni was a famous ballerina during the Romantic Period of ballet. Her father Filippo, was the court ballet master in Vienna. He designed a rigorous training program for her to be ready to be seen by the sophisticated Viennese audiences. He first choreographed the ballet, La Sylphide, with Marie as the leading dancer.
[10/15/20] Copplia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century. It was originally choreographed by Arthur S. Leon in 1870, and was restaged by Marius Petipa in 1884. This ballet is an audience favorite to this day.
[10/13/20] Jean Georges Noverre (1727-1820) was the creator of the "ballet d'action", which today we would call, The Story Ballet. He was made "master of the ballet" for the Paris Opera at the request of Queen Marie Antionette.
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[10/12/20] Northwest Ballet will be holding classes as usual on Columbus day...today.
[10/08/20] King Louis XIV, also known as “Sun King”, loved to dance and often participated in dance performances until he became too “fat”! Interestingly, even his nickname came from Ballet dance, where he appeared as a “King of the Sun”.
[10/06/20] Do you know that a professional ballet dancer may complete 5000 hours of practice to prepare for one performance and will generally practice for a minimum of 4 hours daily?
[10/01/20] Northwest Ballet is one of the few academies to offer Character dance training. This fall, our character students are studying the Bulgarian dance, "Bucimis", and a peasant dance from the ballet Coppelia.
[09/29/20] Character dance is an important skill for the student of ballet. Character dance take the flavor of folk dance and combines it with ballet technique. In virtually all classical ballets, there is an Act which features Character dancers.
[09/24/20] The first full-scale ballet was staged in Paris in 1581. The ballet was called “Le Ballet Comique de la Reine“, which means “The Comic Ballet of the Queen”.
[09/22/20] What is the Prima Ballerina Assoluta? It is a title awarded to the most notable female ballet dancers. It is a rare honor for a ballet dancer to be recognized as a Prima Ballerina Assoluta.
[09/17/20] “The ballet needs to tell its own story in such a way it can be received without having to be translated into language.” - Twyla Tharp
[09/15/20] Back in the 15th century in Italy, ballet dance was a form of entertainment in the courts. It was performed with simple movements and masks. The performances used to appear alongside operas before becoming an art form of its own.
Northwest Ballet Academy, Ltd., located in Schaumburg, IL, has been your premier ballet and dance studio for over 30 years. We provide only the highest trained professionals to work with you on an individual level and group level.
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