Thursday, May 22, 2014

Art by Xara Sunne
Rockland School of Ballet's annual spring recital is coming up! Dancers will perform on stage at the Lincoln Street Center for the Arts in Rockland, Maine. Tickets will be sold at the door, for more information about 'Dance With the Animals' visit,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maine Dance Teachers Club Workshop
November 3, 2013
Waterville, ME

Great Time Had by All - of course - it's Dance!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

1.       When is class over?  or It’s time for class to end.  These questions/comments are rude and indicate you would rather be somewhere else.  If you would rather be somewhere else, maybe you should be there instead.  The teacher takes the time given to the education of his or her students seriously.  He or she is trying to teach you something and you should be focused on what is being taught, not watching the clock.
2.       I don’t get it. This is a terrible and unintelligent question.   Be specific about what you don’t understand.  Do you need to see the combination again? Do you not understand the musicality?  Do not understand the arms and head?  Do you not understand the correction?  Be specific and your teacher will be more than happy to help you. 
3.       Am I doing this right? If you were doing it wrong, the teacher would tell you. 
4.       Watch me. The teacher is trying to watch all the students in his or her class.  He or she will watch you all equally and yes, some of your best moments may be missed.  Take pride in knowing you did them well even if the teacher didn’t see them. 
5.       When can I move up? or When do I get pointe shoes? When the teacher thinks you are ready, he or she will let you know.   These questions are not going to make your teacher look at you and say, ‘Oh my goodness, I totally forgot.  I meant to do that three weeks ago!  Thanks for reminding me!’  You’re more likely to get, ‘When you finally hold your stomach up throughout class without me having to tell you yet again.’
6.       What do I need to work on? Many students and parents think this is a great question to ask and it makes most teachers cringe.  You should know exactly what you need to work on if you are paying attention in class.  You should know the corrections you get often and the general corrections given for the entire class’ benefit.  A much better conversation would be, ‘Miss Erin, these are the things I think I really need to work on.  Am I on the right track?  Can you give me any pointers on how to address these issues?’   
7.       Can we do ______ today? Fill in the blank.  So this is a hard one for a teacher to deal with.  We certainly don’t want to squelch your enthusiasm, but we do not appreciate being treated like a call-in-request radio show either.  The best dance teachers come in with a very clear agenda and lesson plan of what they would like to cover in class that day.  A better way would be to come to the teacher after class and say something like this, ‘Miss Erin, the fouetté turns that I have to do for Snow Queen are making me nervous.  Could you maybe work on those sometime in class or work with me before or after class to get me more comfortable with them?’
8.       Can you come in early and teach me what I missed? Dance instructors, especially adjuncts at the college level, barely get paid to teach it once.   We also only get paid for the hours we actually teach and have no obligation to come in early or stay after class to help you.  When we do so, we are doing that out of the goodness of hearts and the fact we want to see you succeed, so be appreciative of our time.  Besides, you would never even think of asking a lecture professor to come in early to repeat the lecture they did the day before because you missed it.  Dance instructors are no different.  What will make a teacher want to give up their free time to help you?  Perhaps something like this, ‘Miss Erin, I know I missed class yesterday and I’m so sorry.  I asked my classmates what I missed in class and they showed me these two new steps and the choreography I missed.  May I please show them to you before class tomorrow so I can make sure I’m doing them right?’ 
9.       I’m tired.  This is especially bad when you’re whining.   You don’t think your teacher is tired?  He or she would never dream of complaining to you about it.  They came to class with a job to do and so did you.  Besides, it’s not a very inspiring thing to hear from a student and it doesn’t motivate the teacher to work with you if you announce to them that you’d rather be home in bed.   
10.   I can’t.  This phrase used to drive me crazy as a teacher.  However, over the years I’ve figured out this phrase is code for one of three things: I don’t want to, I don’t have the courage to try, or I haven’t figured out how yet.  When students say ‘I can’t,’ it’s more than just verbal, it’s mental.  As a student, if you tell yourself, ‘I can’t,’ then quite literally you won’t.  You are limiting your own potential when you use this phrase and I never accept that from any student in any class that I teach. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Classes for 2013-2014

All Photography by Jacob Gerritsen

    Rockland School of Ballet
Classes begin September 9

Ongoing and Progressive Classes for Children and Adults
Rockland School of Ballet
8 Lindsey Street, Rockland, ME  04861

Dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing, positive, educational, and fun environment for young dancers since 1997, while promoting artistic, creative, and healthy activity for the body, mind, and spirit.


Tiny Dancers
with tap
Age 4

Mommy & Me
Age 2 & 3

Baby Dancers
Age 3
Miss Emily on North Haven
 Ballet Fit!
Full Ballet Class

Ballet Fit!
Floor Stretch and Barre

Pre-Ballet 1 & Levels 1 & 2
with tap & jazz intro
Age 6 - 8

Ballet Level 5 & 6
Age 14 - 18
Ballet Level 6
Pointe Class
Age 15 – 18
Baby & Tiny Dancers
with Tap
Age 3 & 4
Baby/Tiny Dancers
with Tap
Age 3 & 4
or North Haven at RSB
Ballet Level 3&4
Age 8 - 11
Ballet Level 3 & 4
Age 8 - 11
Tiny Dancers & Primary Dancers
with Tap
Age 4 & 5

Primary Dancers,
Pre-Ballet 1 & Ballet 1
with tap & jazz intro
Age 5 - 7
Ballet Level 3 & 4
Age 8 - 11

Tap Level 3 & 4
Age 8 - 11

Ballet Fit!
Teen & Adult Beginner Ballet
Ballet Level 4 - 5
Age 11 - 15
Ballet Barre & Variations
Level 4 - 6
Ballet Level 5 & 6
Age 11 - 18

Combined Level 3-6
Age 8 - 18

Ballet Fit!
Full Ballet Class

Ballet Level 5&6
Age 11 - 18

In addition to exceptional hands-on dance training,
Rockland School of Ballet offers:

~ Classes in an enjoyable, caring, artistic environment that develop self-confidence and a positive self-image.

~ Compassionate, dignified faculty with extensive knowledge, training, and experience working with children of all ages and abilities.

~ Body-awareness and self-awareness with social grace, and lessons on anatomy and nutrition. Well-rounded progressive ballet classes blending the French, Italian, Russian and Finis Jhung Techniques.

~ Beautiful and spacious new dance studio conveniently located in downtown Rockland.

~ Low-stress mid-year and end-of-year performances.

~ Summer Ballet Camp Programs with
end-of-week performances.


Conveniently located in beautiful downtown Rockland
Across from Waterworks Restaurant and Pub.


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