Thursday 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
I teach a bio-mechanically based ballet technique that develops the body’s natural strategies for generating stable movement, rather than using tension or muscle holding. Sound but dynamic alignment is the key to dancing in a way that actually improves joint health, and keeps muscles strong and elastic. Dancers make lasting and rapid improvement to their technique and become less prone to injury by learning to embody their anatomy with science-based imagery that improves physical awareness, proprioception and consequently their body’s function. In order to create a positive, inquisitive and highly focused learning environment, I honor each student’s physical individuality and unique learning process. Over the course of a 20 year professional dance career I was continually researching ways to improve my flexibility and longevity and concluded that tension was the enemy of both. Building on my thorough Royal Academy of Dance training, the Franklin Method (Eric Franklin) gave me the tools and scientific validation to hone my philosophy and communicate it to my students. Other formative influences or mentors include Tania Lichine, Maggie Black and Bonnie Mathis.
In addition to her experience teaching ballet for 2 decades, Ms. Guidry holds an Advanced 2 Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing in London, is certified in Pilates by Long Beach Dance Conditioning and the Physical Mind Institute, is a Level 3 Franklin Method instructor, and Artistic Director / Co-founder of the Santa Clarita Ballet. Her former students have gone on to the Joffrey Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and L.A. Ballet Trainee Programs.