Beginning Ballet

BEGINNING BALLET with Kaitlin McCarthy + Amy J Lambert
Sundays / 10:30AM-NOON
Kawasaki Studio
*Kaitlin McCarthy will teach through March 9. Amy J Lambert will teach March 16-June 15.

Learn the fun and rewarding practice of ballet. Traditional and not-so-traditional ballet exercises combine for a thoughtful, anatomically aware workout while increasing grace, coordination, posture, and strength. Working through imagery and sensation, the class will build a solid foundation in basic ballet steps, as well as working with musicality and developing skills for learning choreography. The fun, supportive environment is perfect for the beginning dancer looking to tackle new steps, or the experienced looking to hone their technique. This class celebrates ballet’s rich theatrical history with choreography that encourages a broad range of dramatic expression and unbridled, joyous dancing! Kaitlin and Amy share this class, with Amy teaching the last Sunday of each month.


About the artists

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Kaitlin McCarthy

KAITLIN MCCARTHY is a dance artist operating in Seattle, WA since 2010.

She grew up dancing in Ann Arbor, Michigan and continued dancing on the East coast, where she graduated summa cum laude from Mt Holyoke College. In Seattle she has danced with over a dozen local artists and has choreographed work for Velocity Dance CenterOn the BoardsEvoke ProductionsBOOST Dance FestivalWashington Ensemble Theatre, SOIL Gallery, SIDF, and several self-produced shows, including HOT MESS and Eight Abigails.

Improvisation and experimentation are driving forces in her work, guided by intuition, intellectualism, and a midwestern work ethic.

Kaitlin is a member of the Seattle Contact Improvisation Labteaches dance at Velocity, and is the Editor of SeattleDances. As a freelance writer she has published over 100 articles for City Arts Magazine, SeattleDances, and Dance International Magazine.

She regularly dances with Alice Gosti as a core member of MALCARNE CO and makes collaborate works with Jenny Peterson as The Bonnies.

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Amy J Lambert

AMY J LAMBERT (Johnson) has been dancing in her living room, her car, and while walking down the street since age 3. You may remember her from her memorable performance as ‘Snow Flurry #6’ in the Vancouver Dance Theater’s production of The Nutcracker.

Lambert  is a Seattle-based dance artist who playfully choreographs and directs in the realms of musical theater and concert dance. She obtained her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2011 (Magna Cum Laude), and is currently the artistic director and choreographer for AJnC Dance-Theater which presents whimsical and engaging works often based on literature and historical research. She has recently worked in collaboration with choreographer Markeith Wiley on a performance trilogy based on the work of Hunter S. Thompson, called A Savage Journey. Lambert was also a collaborator in the multi-disciplinary collective The Eternal Glow Project lead by Tim Smith-Stewart. Her work has been presented at Velocity Dance Center (Bridge Project, and Fall Kick-Off), On the Boards (12 Minutes Max), Seattle International Dance Festival, BOOST Dance Festival, The Slate Theater, Centerstage Theatre, Musicircus at Town Hall Seattle, and Out of Sight, a contemporary visual and performance art festival.

She is a co-producer of Against the Grain/Men In Dance and an Artist-in-Residence at The Nest/eXit Space Dance. Lambert is also a dance educator and teaches weekly technique classes in Modern and Ballet for the Seattle dance community.

She has been a guest teacher in several Seattle area Middle and High schools. She has had the pleasure of working with and performing works by Merce Cunningham, Robert Battle/Battleworks, Tonya Lockyer, Daniel Linehan, Amy O’Neal, Markeith Wiley, Maya Soto, Deborah Wolf, Tim Smith-Stewart, Molly Sides, Dylan Ward, and Marlo Ariz (Martin), among others.

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