Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.
Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills for over 40 years and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide. She has experimented with outstanding success the use of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment for over 12 years.
Safe dance training has been a passion of Marie’s as an educator for over 4 decades. It is sometimes difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet their training. However, as the fit ball is continually mobile under the student’s’ body it gives the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle groups. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance. The programs have received positive feedback from teachers’ and students worldwide. The inspiring music for the original programs has also been composed by Grant Kennedy to also stimulate the learning process. All updated exercise the music is by kind permission use the music from the ballet class music app.
After continual success in monitoring the student’s’ progress in these integral areas of ballet training, Marie was encouraged by teachers to produce her programs and share her PBT technique. The programs are wonderful teaching tools that enhances ballet training. The DVD of Marie’s program Progressing Ballet Technique is available to purchase online for everyone to benefit. The online training makes this accessible to all teachers worldwide to become accredited and be listed on a global database. Those teachers already teaching PBT will now have the opportunity for updates constantly for their class plans as well as mentoring with Q & A.
In addition the students online section give each student an opportunity to study at home to improve their ballet technique. Many professional dancers also use the program to keep their form during holiday break. The program also has advantages during rehabilitation from injury.
Adult ballet training has been also benefiting from the Senior level program and I encourage you to sign up as a student and work through the levels in the privacy of your own home. Perhaps you learnt ballet in your former years and would like to wake up your ballet muscle memory.
Credits: schools involved in the process of PBT
2012: Senior program- coaching students from the National College of Dance, the class students from the Teresa Johnson Ballet School
2014: Junior program -coaching and class Sonja Dene Dance studios
2015: Advanced level students from the National College of Dance, McDonnald College, Joanne Grace Ballet School, Teresa Johnson Ballet School, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Studio Tibor and the Vocational Ballet College NSW. Tutors Lauren McGrath and Callie Roberts
2016: Online program (updates) – students from the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy Tutor Marie Walton-Mahon