Ballet Arts of Austin Welcomes Students Aged 3 to Adult for Inaugural Year of Superb Classical Ballet Training

Ballet Arts of Austin is a new ballet academy on West Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas. Founded by Lori Bodine Benold, formerly of San Francisco Ballet, the school opened its doors in April 2016. Professional faculty provide all students with a strong foundation in Russian-based classical ballet technique and artistry. Ballet Arts will host an Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

Austin, TX, September 09, 2016 --( Open House on September 24, 2016 will feature a short performance by Company dancers, and free trial classes for children aged 3 to 9

Ballet Arts of Austin is now accepting registrations for its inaugural 2016/17 school year. The new ballet academy - founded by Lori Bodine Benold, formerly of San Francisco Ballet, opened in April 2016. Ballet Arts of Austin's professional faculty provides all students with a strong foundation in classical ballet technique. Benold (Director) and Tiffany Loos (Youth Curriculum Director) have 50 years of combined ballet and Pilates teaching experience. The school facility, a converted church on Anderson Lane near Burnet Road, features two bright studios equipped with Marley covered sprung floors, viewing windows, and a large parking lot.

Benold said, "Our goal at Ballet Arts of Austin is to encourage every dancer who comes through our doors to develop to the full extent of his or her ability, by identifying and cultivating their specific gifts." She added, "We are very careful about how we teach ballet vocabulary, breaking down steps, ensuring correct form, and properly building strength, in order to prevent injury. We apply this approach to all of our classes, youth and adult."

Ballet Arts of Austin will host an Open House on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Entry is free, and members of the emerging company will present the premiere performance of an original work choreographed by Lori Bodine Benold at 2:00 p.m.. Children aged 3 to 9 will have the opportunity to try a class with Tiffany Loos. Please visit the school website for additional details:

About Ballet Arts of Austin

Ballet Arts of Austin provides superb classical ballet training for students age 3 to adult, with class levels ranging from pre-ballet (ages 3-5) to pre-professional. José Limón based Modern instruction is introduced at the upper levels to provide the broader dance experience required by professional companies and universities today. Lori Bodine Benold, school Founder and Director, teaches all Advanced ballet classes.

The Youth and Adult Beginner programs were developed for Ballet Arts of Austin by Tiffany Loos, Youth Curriculum Director. Loos - protégée of Alexandra Nadal, who provided her with seven years of one-on-one teacher training - used Nadal’s curriculum for inspiration. The Ballet Arts curriculum is based on a clear foundation of Russian (Vaganova) technique. Épaulement - the artful use of the head, arms and upper body - is essential to this training and is incorporated at the earliest levels, ensuring its natural integration into the dancer’s movement. Loos’ extensive ballet, Pilates and Yoga teaching experience are clearly visible in the program, which emphasizes proper placement, technique, and precision of movement.

About Lori Bodine Benold

Lori Bodine Benold danced professionally with the San Francisco Ballet, was Resident Principal Dancer, teacher and choreographer with the Corpus Christi Ballet, and danced leading roles in many classical and modern works with both companies. She has 35 years of experience teaching classical ballet technique at the advanced level, developing professional dancers, coaching professionals in leading roles, and choreographing works that have been featured at Regional Dance America Festival Galas, most recently in 2015. Bodine Benold also serves as adjudicator for Regional Dance America. Her unwavering focus on impeccable technique and artistry reflects her own training with master teachers that include Robert Joffrey, Alexandra Danilova, Anatole Vilzak, Alexander Minz, Natasha Krassovska, Soili Arvola, Eric Bruhn, Meredith Baylis and David Howard.

Press Contact: Lori Bodine Benold, Ballet Arts of Austin
Tel: (512) 522-1935
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