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FAQs

 

The Program

I don’t have the storage space or time in my timetable to create a special ball class to assist the students to understand their muscle memory?

Ballet teachers, you only require one fit ball in the class room while you are teaching. You use the ball to amend a technique problem while teaching e.g. if the students are placing thederrière alignment in a wide line perhaps in an arabesque then you chose one or two members in the class to test their alignment on the ball.

You need to motivate the students to learn the program and take some responsibility to understand their own muscle memory and to practice this program at home. A very common fault is when a student first commences learning to any beating action steps ie. changement battu or échappé battu, the student often has trouble feeling the adductor longus and will use their hips to initiate the movement. During this twisting action it can place pressure on their knees and the landing becomes unsafe. This can be rectified with the assistance of the ball exercise. After being shown they can build up strength and stamina by doing this at home and it can be fun for the student to practice with the purpose composed music.

All you require is one fit ball and an understanding of the program.

What size ball do I need?

The most common question asked before commencing the Progressing Ballet Technique DVD is about the correct size of fit ball.

Using your height to size up your ball

When you stand next to an exercise ball, it should be even or slightly above your knee level. The best way to size up your ball is by sitting on it. When you sit on the ball, your knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle and your thighs should be parallel or even with the floor. Find your height and see which ball size you should try first.

Height and recommended ball size

Under 4’8″ – 45 cm ball

4’8” to 5’3” – 55 cm ball

5’4” to 5’10” – 65 cm ball

5’10 to 6’4 – 75cm ball

For children who are 5 years and younger, always use a 45 cm ball.

 

Membership

What do I get by being a member?

As a member you will receive unlimited access to all PBT programs as well as exclusive access to new updated content and instructional videos. You will be able to ask questions on any video which will be personally answered by founder Marie Walton-Mahon. If you are a teacher, your membership includes the license to teach PBT (upon a simple approval process) and inclusion in the official PBT teacher database. There is no contract, you can cancel anytime.

How do I access the videos as a member?

All videos are available for streaming. You can watch them on a computer, smart TV, tablet, smart phone – essentially any device with internet access. To watch the videos on a standard TV you will need to either connect a device (computer, tablet) to be viewable on the TV or through a device such as an Apple TV and connecting via the use of the same wireless network.

How do I cancel

Click on account on the bottom right hand corner of the page. Then ‘subscriptions’ and turn off auto-renew.

How often are new tutorials uploaded?

For the majority of the year, videos will be uploaded monthly. However, during seasonal periods videos will be uploaded less frequently.

(Teachers) How long do I need to be a member for to be a certified teacher?

You can submit you application to be certified at anytime throughout your membership, the application will be assessed by Marie on a case by case basis and based on the video and CV you submit. To remain a certified teacher and within this directory – you will need to retain your membership for at least 6 months whilst engaging in the program and the updated tutorials (unless you have completed a workshop).

If you have attended a workshop. You do not need to submit a CV or video and you do not need to stay as a member for any minimum amount of time. Once you submit your details (through the members area), you will be added to the directory. Cancelling your membership will not cause the removal of your listing in the directory.

(Teachers) If I am approved as a certified teacher, would this be counted toward CPD credits for RAD?

Yes, once you are approved and provided with a certificate. You can submit this to the RAD for 6 CPD credits.

 

DVD’s and Downloads

Will the DVD play on my player?

Yes, our DVDs are in a format that will play on most DVD players, no matter where you are in the world.

How do I download?

If you purchase a digital download of the program videos, you will receive a link via email to download the file to your computer. The video is in MPEG4 format which will play on most computers and other video-enabled devices. If your computer does not have a video player installed (Windows Media Player or QuickTime player are usually installed by default), you can download the free VLC player to play our program videos.

Can I watch a downloaded video on an iPad, iPhone or Android device?

You can watch downloaded videos on these devices, but you need to download the video to your computer first and then copy the video to your portable device. This is due to limitations with mobile web browsers which restrict your ability to download files direct to the device. You need to download the video on your laptop or desktop first, then plug your tablet or phone into your computer and copy the video across.

What if I lose my connection during download? Can I try again?

Yes, if your download fails, you can return to the email that was sent to you and try a second time. Please note that the download link will only be valid for 7 days from the time of purchase and after that, the link will expire.

The download link isn’t working. What can I do?

If you are having trouble downloading with Internet Explorer, please try installing  Firefox or Chrome and then navigate back to the download link with one of those browsers. Some users have problems with security settings on Internet Explorer.

Can I give a copy of my download to a friend?

No, the download you purchase is only for your personal use. If you want to share the video with a friend, you need to share a link to our website for them to purchase their own copy. Unlawful sharing of the downloaded file is a violation of Copyright Law, which is a criminal offence.

The Advanced Level Music package has tracks missing?

Rest assured, the music package is complete! Please note that the tracks 11, 17 and 18 as part of the music package have been omitted as it is expected that students do the exercises in their own time. The exercises are too long for a class and can be executed personally by each student.

My video stops suddenly?

It is most likely that you have a video file that did not download 100%. If you are still within 7 days of purchase, please try the link that was sent to you to start a new download. Also, ensure that the downloaded file size matches the video specification on the product page. For example, the Exercises video in the Advanced Level Program is 1.3 GB – so you would then check your local copy to make sure they were the same file size.