At Stepin Dansstudio I did one hour once a week for 9 weeks with 9 ”hobby students” in 2012 when the first DVD was launched and the improvement was profound.
At The Swedish Ballet School in Piteå, we do PBT once a week with all the classes, at present aged 10-14.
For the younger students I find that the junior program is very important for finding the core and a perpendicular line in the body-and it’s great understanding the strength in the “back for the leg” hamstrings
During class i often refer to "the ball” as we call it to find freedom in the arms the cambré/ port de bras back.
For the older students or students that are feeling more secure I tend to use the ball to really activate that standing leg, for fondu in alignment, and again more port de bras and cambré to the side and back.
And I love the theraband around the arms!!
After joining the groups on Facebook I’m learning a lot more. I must be one of the first who started using the program and I far as I know we are the only school in Sweden doing it regularly.
Liz came to Sweden, to Malmo State Theatre Ballet in 1982 at age of 18, after 9 years of full time professional education at the Royal Ballet School in London. S
Malmö Ballet needed an extra fairy in Sleeping Beauty.
She had recently finished a 6 week tour with Northern Ballet Theatre in England. They needed an extra Sylph for Les Sylphides. Alicia Markova herself plucked her out of school.
A few years later The Royal Swedish Ballet needed an extra swan for Swan Lake, so Liz took leave from Malmö, and went up to Stockholm. Six weeks later she was offered a contract and became a permanant member of the company.
Liz began dancing with Nancy Robinson at the age of 3, the rest is history.
It was a long career, and she danced in all the major classics, and other ballets by Frederick Ashton George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan John Neumeier and Maurice Béjart and Jiri Kylian to name a few.. Corps de balett , coryphé and some solos. Tours and guest perfomances spanned from neighbouring Drottningholm Court Theatre ( from which she was awarded the scholarship) to Japan and north and south America. Liz also danced in the Nutcracker, with Rudolf Nureyev and the Royal Ballet Company in London.
She's no stranger to musical either! My Fair Lady, The King and I and Can-Can!
2007, Liz returned to her roots and was accepted to do The Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma at The Royal Academy of Dance in England, with Lynn Wallis at the helm.
Since then she has taught at The Royal Swedish Ballet School, The University of Dance and Circus, Step In Dance Studio, Base23 and The Junior Academy of Music,
Other merits include, repetituer for The Nutcracker in Malmö, and company class and head repetituer for the ballet ”Company B” by Paul Taylor in Stockholm.
” I am privilegded to have been taught by some of the greatest teachers and directors the ballet world has ever seen. Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of what is now The Royal Ballet Company, taught me when she was 82, as did some of her younger peers. Later in life I've met Betty Anderton Jonas Kåge David Howard, Misha Messerer, Tina Burnell, Renato Peroni, Charles Mudrey, Iskra Ring Laszlo Messaros, Björn Holmgren and many many others,.. from all corners of the earth. They all had something special.
I want to share what I have learned from them to keep the thread and the tradition alive, for without tradition, we cannot move forward”