© 2018 by Chelsea Weidmann

Chelsea

Weidmann

a very geeky ballerina indeed

photo credit Logan Sorensen @lmsorensen

 

Why Geeky Ballerina?

Because it's true--I really am so unapologetically geeky. I love deep dives into ballet pedagogy and methodology. I love reading the latest medical research on increasing flexibility. A quick "want to grab some coffee?" can turn into an hours-long discussion about integrating stillness or darkness into choreography. I adore the depth, complexity, and potential in this art form and I am grateful every day that I get to share my passion with others.

I teach ages 8 and up, at all levels of proficiency. I am available for master classes, workshops, teacher workshops, and classical and contemporary choreography.

 

Artist and Teaching Statement

I do not agree that dance artists are “either born with it or not.” I strongly believe that anyone can be taught to reveal their unique artistic expressiveness. To leave something as important as artistry to chance, hoping that someone has that ineffable “something,” is—to my mind—unforgivable. In my classes we nurture artistic expression alongside technical mastery.

Our increasingly plugged-in lives have led to a society more disconnected than ever before. Live performances offer a unique opportunity for reconnection between humans. As dancers bravely offer authentic movement and emotion in real time, everyone involved--the audience, other dancers on stage, and the supporting crew backstage--has the opportunity to see that someone else feels something they can relate to. The trend towards polarized "othering" is paused and we realize we have more in common than we originally assumed. Art reminds us of our shared humanity. We need artists who will offer this vulnerability, and developing artists need guidance as they begin this important work.

I dance because it fills my soul in a way that nothing else can. I teach because I love sharing the joy dance has brought me. I choreograph to explore stories and relationships. Dance is a powerful language and I am passionate about helping others learn to speak clearly.

 

Education

MFA, Goddard College

Primary areas of inquiry included contemporary and 

classical ballet choreography, pedagogy development, 

and interdisciplinary collaboration.

National Training Curriculum, American Ballet Theatre®

ABT® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 7 & Partnering 

of the ABT® National Training Curriculum

BA, Brigham Young University

Coursework included ballet pedagogy, dance history, and a semester studying at Pineapple Studios in London, England.
 

Contact Me

For workshops, master classes, teacher workshops, choreography, private coaching, or adjudication, please use the form below. I can't wait to connect with you!

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