ISTD Imperial Ballet London Teachers’ Group
20 February 2019
A report about attending the ISTD Imperial Ballet London Teachers’ Group on the 23rd September by Cathy Court
I attended the ISTD Imperial Ballet London Teachers’ Group on the 23rd September to observe Pupils of Grade 5, 6 and Intermediate Foundation level working with Clare Freeman Sergeant on Floor Barre.
Clare was delightful with the students, guiding them so carefully through a range of exercises challenging their strength and flexibility. The grounding of the floor enabled the students to clearly understand the placing and value of each exercise, which was explained so precisely by Clare. It was particularly interesting to observe the exercises that Clare took to the barre and then back to the floor so that the students understood the correlation between their classwork and the floor barre. The students clearly enjoyed the class and they were well supported by Clare giving them valuable feedback to embody the work and improve before our eyes. It was a pleasure to watch Clare working with the students and also listen to the wonderful accompaniment on the piano by Kate Dickson inspiring the students to develop musicality throughout. The morning was very motivating and I gained so much knowledge to take away and use in my own teaching.