I must admit that when Beth Bluett deBaudistel floated into our church and complimented me about my dancing, I said thank you with a confused smile, as often is the case in these situations where people remember me but I don’t them.
I thought nothing more of it until she invited me to attend her dance seminar. “Sure,” I replied, “when is it on and how much does it cost?” I was always interested in learning more about dance techniques and theory, especially as I had no real training in the topic and was trying to teach some form of dancing to the young ladies in our church.
The seminar, as I discovered was an answer to prayer, I will describe it as ‘5 years of ballet stuffed into 3 days’, along with an entire ballet/jazz/dance curriculum set to Christian music on DVD. This curriculum, Living Dance International, we discovered was written from the view point of an accomplished ballerina and teacher drawing on her experiences dancing in France, Russia and Australia, for some of the best ballet companies in the world. With techniques from some of the best ballet teachers in the world, Beth has written a complete curriculum in ballet and jazz, from pre-dance through to advanced tertiary level dancing, taught without the sensualised movement and costumes that often find their way into dancing.
Beth has been taking her curriculum to the world including having qualified teachers in Singapore, Europe, New Zealand and various locations in Australia.
This curriculum, although I don't intend at this stage to run a 'dance school' will be of great assistance in encorporating more professional lines into our dances, and I am also looking forward to using the pre-dance curriculum in a Sunday school setting for some more subdued activity than normal games produce.