Marblehead School of Ballet - Fundamentals Series

Sunday, Sep 17, 2017

  (781) 631-6262

Start the fall season on the road to fitness and good health in the Marblehead School of Ballet's (MSB) special Fundamentals of Ballet and Pilates workshop series. The workshops, open to teenagers and adults, will be presented in September at the studio, located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Instructor Jimmy Raye, a dancer trained in classical ballet and Pilates, kicks off the series with the Pilates workshop on September 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Pilates strengthens, stretches and emphasizes body alignment to promote healthy posture. Raye studied Pilates with master teacher Romana Kryzanowska, the inheritor of Joseph Pilate’s studio, and he became one of the first teachers to bring Pilates from New York City to the North Shore.

The session will cover this exercise's movement and technique.What can participants expect to learn in the session? "This class provides knowledge of one's self, and the way you move through life," said Raye.

People, who never had a ballet class, have not danced in a long time, or just want to review the basics, are invited to sign up for the new Introduction to Ballet workshop taking place on September 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Paula K. Shiff, Director of the MSB and recipient of Salem State University's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, will lead the Ballet workshop.

"The Ballet and Pilates classes teach students the mechanics to achieve better health and fitness daily. Students in the ballet class learn correct body alignment, the appropriate exercises to do, and ballet vocabulary," said Shiff, who trained at the Boston Ballet, continued her studies at the American Ballet Theatre and the Martha Graham Studio and performed with the Boston Ballet.


The tuition for the workshops is Pilates, $20, and Ballet, $25.Pre-registration is required. To register for the Fundamentals Workshops, call 781-631-6262, or send an e-mail to

About Marblehead School of Ballet

Celebrating its 46th year, the Marblehead School of Ballet, founded in 1971 by Paula K. Shiff, has earned a wide reputation for the excellence of its training and integrity of purpose. Classical ballet forms the core of teaching with particular emphasis on correct alignment and development of strength and agility. The sheer pleasure of dance and music is always central to the classroom experience.

The basic graded program for children includes classes in ballet technique with advanced work in repertoire and pointe. The school also offers a modern dance department, classes for young children in creative movement and classes in improvisation and technique for the older student. A full range of adult classes is offered.

MSB is home to the North Shore Civic Ballet Company (NSCBC). The NSCB gives concert performances and a variety of educational programs for schools; all are suitable for different age groups and levels of development.

For further information, call 781-631-6262, send an e-mail to or visit Follow MSB on Facebook,, and Twitter @MSB_ballet.

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