Posted by Essendon Academy of Ballet on October 13, 2010

In the 2010 September school holidays 6 students/teachers from Essendon Academy of Ballet, ventured to the USA for 16 days to do classes in LA and New York as well as sightseeing.  First stop was Los Angeles where we spent 5 days taking in the sights such as Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard.  We went to The Edge Dance studio where students did ballet, hip hop, burlesque and Jazz classes .

In New York, classes were taken at Broadway Dance centre, Steps on Broadway, and Alvin Ailey Dance Centre. The reknowned Zena  Rommetts Floor Barre with the very New Yorker Wesley. Emilitta Ettlin Floor Technique class was frequented by Karen Gauci who was invited back to do specialist classes with her.  Lauren West participated in the Professional Ballet class with dancers from New York City Ballet attending.   Lauren Febbraio and Karen Gauci both attended Assis Flexibilty class where ropes where used instead of therabands .  Karen also attended the Mind body dancer Yoga class.

Lauren West and Sarah McCormack were our Jazz, Hip Hop attendies doing various classes from Contemporary where gaga was the influence (not Lady Gaga!) to broadway Jazz.  Stella Fogas attended beginner Hip Hop and  Tap as well as classes mentioned above.

Amongst all the classes we took in the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, walking the Brooklyn bridge, riding bikes around Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rockerfellar Centre, Bryant’s Park,  the Metro, World Trade centre, M&M world, Times Square, Macy’s, 5th Avenue, Wall St, Battery Park, New York City Ballet performance, watching the 2nd AFL grand Final, specialist pointe shoe fittings at Gaynor Mindon, Grishko’s and Capezio’s.

It was a fun packed adventure where the students filled their days with dancing and tourism with many of them not wanting to leave New York. 


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