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Romantic Ballet: The Dawn of Classical Ballet

with Claudia Bauer, Christopher Lam and Lisa Grodin

A Community Music and Dance Event!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco
Tickets $60

The Romantic era was the dawn of ballet as we know it, with steps and technique that are different from ours in many ways, but are equally complex, rigorous and expressive. In this workshop we’ll do a 90-minute technique class composed of barre and center exercises described in the technical manuals of the 1820s-1850s – the same exercises done by dancers like Marie Taglioni and Carlotta Grisi, Jules Perrot and Arthur St. Leon – followed by two hours of choreography (including the iconic fluffy white tutus). Violinist Lisa Grodin of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale will accompany us and talk about the instruments and music of the time. Throughout the workshop, we’ll explore how music and dance – and musician and dancers – interact with each other.

This material corresponds to an intermediate class but is adaptable to all levels, and no experience is required. Dancers wore soft slippers at the time, so ballet slippers, dance sneakers, socks or jazz shoes are great. If you want to wear pointe shoes, we recommend wearing a dead or very broken-in pair; pointe shoes in the 1830s were essentially darned soft slippers, and dancers of the era spent minimal time on actual pointe and lots of time on demi.

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On the calendar that appears, click on the date of September 29 to “View Details” or “Register.”
Questions? Email PBO’s Director of Education Lisa Grodin at lgrodin@philharmonia.org.


Claudia Bauer grew up dancing and watching ballet in the Bay Area. In 2012 she began studying historical ballet and Baroque and Renaissance dance, and she currently studies Romantic-era ballet with Sandra Noll Hammond. As a professional dance writer and critic, Claudia is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, DanceTabs.com, In Dance and other publications.

Christopher Lam was born in Brisbane, Australia. A recipient of the prestigious Graeme Murphy scholarship he trained with Betsy Sawyers before studying at the Australian Ballet School. Christopher has danced with Australian Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Croatian National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. He enjoys sharing the knowledge acquired on this wonderful journey and is inspired by all those who allow themselves to be touched by the art form.

Lisa Grodin is Director of Education for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and as a violinist and violist she regularly performs with PBO, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, and El Mundo. Her lifelong passion for dance has infused many of her educational endeavors over the years; she has been honored to collaborate in education events with dancer-scholars such as Catherine Turocy, Jen Meller, Carlos Venturo, Chris Lam, and Claudia Bauer.

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