Ballet For Beginners Level 2: Refine Your Grace and Master the Techniques! (5 Weeks)

Course Code: BAL102
Day: Sat Time: 10:00-11:50 Hours: 10 Sessions: 5 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Prerequisites: Completion of BAL101 or equivalent experience in ballet for beginners. Special Notes: Please come 10 minutes before class and begin stretching. Location: In-Person (Tokyo) English Proficiency Level: Basic Beginner

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Course Description

BAL102 is an advanced beginner course that builds upon the foundational skills acquired in BAL101. This course is designed for students who have a basic understanding of ballet and are eager to refine their techniques and artistry. Through intensive practical training, students will enhance their flexibility, strength, and control, while learning more complex ballet movements and combinations. Whether you aim to pursue a career in dance or simply wish to embrace the beauty of ballet, this course will help you take your skills to the next level. 

What to prepare for dance class: 
・ T-shirt 
・ Comfortable pants (above the ankles) 
・ Ballet slippers 
・ Towel 
・ Drink 
Optional: Leotard, Pink tights, skirt, coverups, etc. 

Learning Objectives

1. Enhance students' understanding of classical ballet techniques, including intermediate-level movements, turns, and jumps.

2. Develop physical skills such as strength, endurance, and advanced coordination, essential for executing complex ballet movements.

3. Deepen students' appreciation for the artistry of ballet, and encourage creative expression through movement.

4. Foster a supportive and collaborative learning environment where students can share their experiences and learn from each other.

Who should take this course

Anyone who has completed BAL101 or has a basic understanding of classical ballet and wishes to further enhance their artistic and physical skills. No limitation on age or gender.


No required textbook


Nami Holderman

Instructor Biography

Nami began classical ballet training at the age of 5 with Matsuyama Ballet Company and continued her training with numerous teachers and studios throughout her life. In 1994, she moved to the USA to study dance and academics, receiving a B.A. in International Business and Psychology and later received MEd in the Globalization of Education. During her years in the US, she studied ballet and modern dance under the tutelage of major dance mentors including Katherine Horn, Mary Anne Mee, Patricia Mc Bride, and Jean-Pierre Bounnefoux. In 1997, she received a scholarship from the Joffery Ballet School in NYC. From 1998-2000 she danced professionally with the North Carolina Dance Theatre, and from 1999-2000 with The Moving Poets. She has taught ballet and creative movement as well as choreographed for numerous ballet schools in the US, including as an adjunct professor at Point Park University of the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 2004 - 2013. Returning to Tokyo in 2013 she has been a Performing Arts teacher at Aoba-Japan International School. Nami is currently researching in the link between EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and Dance through kinesthetic empathy.