“We’re in class—not onstage,” Elisabeth Platel warns a group of uniform-clad students at the Paris Opéra Ballet School. It’s not often you’ll hear this sentence in a dance studio, but for the POB School director, the goal is no-frills academic perfection. When one girl pushes to complete three turns and stumbles, Platel claps her hands to stop the pianist. “I want quality. Can you be active in two pirouettes, with a higher leg in passé? Do it with less force, but with precision.” The student blushes, but her next attempt is both cleaner and more technically sound.
"the hands-on approach to corrections—a cultural trait that takes some adjusting to" Do some other countries not touch the students? that shocks me
"because the focus is on building strong foundations, the classes introduce advanced technique more slowly than is customary in the U.S. “I see a generation who prefers to be in a harder class to challenge themselves, but we’re not looking for children who can do extraordinarily difficult variations,” says Platel" This is what british ballet is like also, we go en pointe after strengthening the technique a lot, rather than going en pointe and then building technique, I find it crazy to see americans and russians dancing variations at the age of like 12 :’)
"We’re 300 years old—French dance has gone through an aging process, and it ages well, like good wine.” Love this quote.
And this is why I’ve never watched YAGP, PdL and the likes, I’m not interested in watching badly danced Grand pas classique by a 14 y.o girl.