Start Fall In Marblehead School Of Ballet's New Pilates And Stretch/Strength Series

Start Fall In Marblehead School Of Ballet's New Pilates And Stretch/Strength SeriesWith fall just around the corner, start the season in the Marblehead School of Ballet's (MSB) new Fundamentals Workshops Series featuring Pilates and Stretch/Strength for teenagers and adults. The series takes place on Sundays, starting with Pilates on September 23 from 10: 30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Stretch and Strength on September 30 at the school, located at 115 Pleasant Street in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Instructor Jimmy Raye, a dancer trained in classical ballet and Pilates, begins the series with the Pilates Fundamentals workshop. 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. Director Paula K. 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, teaches the Stretch/Strength workshop. The pace of the workshop and the exercises are designed to meet each student's needs.

MSB's Stretch and Strength Workshop for dancers and non-dancers uses various modalities to increase kinesthetic awareness, improve alignment, strength, and flexibility. "Our unique workshop is designed to enhance dance and sport skills, while promoting better health. Students learn exercises outside the dance vocabulary to aid the development of better alignment, flexibility, core strength and body awareness," said Shiff.

The tuition for each workshop is $25. Pre-registration is required. To register for the workshop, call 781-631-6262, or send an e-mail to

About Marblehead School of Ballet

Celebrating its 47th 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 (NSCB). 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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