On Monday-7-November the Isabel's School of Dance presented a small recital in the Bogota Public Library. This was to introduce the art of Classical Ballet to Students and their Families. The evening started with the Director of Isabel's School of Dance, Ms. Isabel Bustamante, asking those in attendance if they have seen a Ballet production in person. Then she talked about how some of the more well-known Ballets are based on famous novels, and other books.
Then Ms. Bustamante introduced the feature Ballerina for the night Ms. Isabel Herandez. To start the presentation Ms. Bustamante asked the audience to stand-up and then did some Ballet Pantomime with them. This is an exercise that makes the participant to think about how to express emotion by just using movement. She would say words like excited, sad, happy, and even the word stop, and the participants responded only using their bodies.
Next a pair of ballet slippers (or pointe shoes) were passed around for a closer look. It was explained how the shoes are made of paper and cardboard tightly glued together with the body being made of leather, satin, or other fabric. The main use of pointe shoes is to create an illusion of lightness and give a sense that the ballerina is floating on air. Since each pair of shoes are made by hand, they need to have a "breaking in time" before being used on stage. Ms. Herandez explained how she prepares her shoes. From stepping on to soften the shoes a bit and bending them to a shape that is comfortable on her feet.
Then Ms. Herandez performed to the movement of the Kitri Variation from the Ballet of "Don Quixote". She used techniques of Classical Ballet and incorporated moves of Spanish Flamenco in her work.
Isabel’s School of Dance offers classed in dance and movement to kids of all ages and adults. It is located at 263 Larch Ave. in Bogart School, in Bogota, NJ. For more information, please go to: https://www.isabelsschoolofdance.com/ or at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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