Dear Axelrod Friend,
We are happy to announce the launch of an exciting online program for all students of the arts—no age or previous training requires—and all dance and theater enthusiasts. While a virtual dance or acting class cannot replace the experience of in-person training, our staff and guest instructors seek to provide practical and meaningful lessons for everyone wishing to participate.
Check out the first week’s offerings below, developed by Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater director, Gabriel Chajnik.
This week’s classes are complimentary to all!
We will be adding new classes with new instructors each week, so watch for an email or Facebook post.
Stay well and safe!
Dr. Arthur Topilow, President
Message from Gabriel Chajnik, Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Director
Dear Axelrod families and supporters,
I am still trying to come to terms with having to teach classes or rehearse online from my home. How to feel about not having a student or a dancer’s body right in front of me? How to read a dancer’s body language from afar or to react to a subtle human response like exhaling? How to touch a heart through a computer screen?
How to feel... These are issues we are all thinking about and a challenge that I never saw coming.
Last Monday, I started to teach online and I was determined to keep the “normal” in class. I played beautiful ballet music, we worked on the delicate but powerful use of the arms and talked about being inspired and connected. Then, once I got over the first shocking moment, I saw their faces smiling...
I saw their toys on shelves in their rooms... I saw the kids holding on to a chair or sitting on their rugs dancing and focused on the present moment.
Yet, in the oddity of all, I felt hope and renewal! I saw their longing for dance, their hunger for moving, their love… it gave me the extra energy I needed and helped me continue with an unforgettable class.
My team and I are looking forward to continuing to inspire you and keep dance very close to your heart. We have been working on a free online syllabus of classes – a methodical but fun approach for all ages and skill levels. Whether you have dance training or not, our virtual classes will aid in strengthening your body in the discipline of your choice: ballet, contemporary, modern or jazz technique taught by AXCBT professionals.
Starting Friday (3/27) @ 4 pm EST, I will be offering AXCBT's first virtual, professional ballet class and updating everyone about our additional LIVE virtual classes! Everyone present will also meet AXCBT's president, Elise Feldman, who will be sharing her forward-thinking vision for our 2020 season.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW for additional class offerings. Looking forward to seeing you online! Stay safe.
Gabriel Chajnik - Director AXCBT