Adult Ballet Wimbledon

General Level : Thursday 7.45 - 9.00pm at Holy Trinity Church or on Zoom

Intermediate Level: Thursday 6.30 - 7.45pm at Holy Trinity Church or on Zoom

Garner Academy of Dance

Enrol in a ballet course with professional dancer/teacher - Ben Garner.  Ballet is an exquisite artform to enjoy, study and discover. Courses help tone, increase fitness and develop posture, balance, flexibility and coordination. Ben’s classes are taught in a welcoming, fun and non-competitive environment.  

GENERAL LEVEL BALLET (Studio & Zoom classes) is suitable for both beginners who are entirely new to classical ballet and students returning after many years away from the art form and wishing to ease back into ballet. You will learn and revise the basic steps and terminology both on and off the barre. Much content of the class is differentiated to accommodate the differing levels of experience of the students. Classes always end with enjoyable, choreographic combinations which are guaranteed to send the students home on a high.  

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL BALLET (Studio & Zoom classes) is suitable for dancers with a few years of experience.  If you have experienced any of the dance association syllabi (e.g. RAD, ISTD, IDTA, BBO etc.) then the level of this class could be compared to 'Intermediate'.  Exercises at this level will be longer and less repetitive and a greater range of steps will be studied. The classes end with choreographic combinations to develop dance and performance quality.

The classes run almost every week of the year - apart from the latest exceptions:

NB. There will be 3 weeks with no classes over the Christmas period. There will be no classes on the 17th, 24th & 31st December.

Highly recommended course! Ben Garner is a superb dancer with high expectations for his students. The atmosphere is friendly and progress is visible every lesson.

Catherine Morin
Adult Ballet

Ben Garner ARAD, Dip PDTD, AISTD

BEN GARNER

Professional dancer and teacher

Ben is a professional dancer and has over 25 years of teaching experience dating back to helping his mother run her school – the Joy Nicholson Studios in Manchester.

Ben’s professional career as a ballet dancer included working with 3 British ballet companies – Lewis London Ballet Company, Ballet Creations of London and Adonais Ballet Company. During his career as a dancer in musical theatre he was in the cast of 8 West End productions including Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma! and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. His film and TV appearances include the Phantom of the Opera film, Blue Peter and the Royal Variety Show.

He has taught at vocational dance schools including Tring Park School for Performing Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Urdang Academy, Young Dancers’ Academy and Stageworks Studios. He has been the Company Manager and most recently the Marketing Manager of the award-winning English Youth Ballet. 

Location

We are fortunate to have fantastic facilities in the beautiful and spacious Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon.  The wooden floor is sprung and there is plenty of space for social distancing.

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL at Holy Trinity Church (next to the Polka Theatre)

Thursdays 6.30 - 7.45pm

GENERAL LEVEL at Holy Trinity Church (next to the Polka Theatre)

Thursdays 7.45 - 9.00pm

Address

Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB.