Ballet for Everyone with Roudolf Kharatian
BALLET AND BEYOND ~ Harnessing the cosmic energies
It's never too late to learn to move and dance. Roudolf Kharatian’s classes for adults—beginners to advanced—are a great way to keep fit and improve posture, flexibility, balance and coordination in a positive social environment.
Program: The class will offer background information about ballet and uncover some of its hidden and invisible aspects. You will learn how ballet movements can create a magical atmosphere and discover how the numerous mind-body benefits of regular ballet practice are similar to those provided by yoga and meditation. These concepts are incorporated into a full ballet class, with the focus on improving mental clarity, increasing self-awareness and control, and strengthening your general well-being.
In addition to improving dance technique, adult classes are an enjoyable and satisfying way to increase flexibility, coordination and overall physical fitness. Ballet exercises at the barre, in the centre, and moving across the floor, will help you improve balance, alignment and muscle tone; using Kharatian’s breathing techniques you will learn how to focus and direct your energy to your extremities, and improve your spatial coordination for jumps and turns. As an added benefit, during class you will have the unique opportunity to try ballet movements that can connect you with the greater cosmic energies.
Class length: 90 minutes
Where: Sundukyan National Academic Theatre
(6 G. Lusavorich St., Dance Studio, 4th Floor)
Eligibility: No limitation
NEW! Evening Class
When: Monday & Wednesday
Time: 10-11:30 am
Cost: 6000 drams per class
25,000 drams for 5-class card
40,000 drams for 10-class card
Roudolf Kharatian began his ballet career as a dancer. He was principal dancer with the National Ballet of Armenia from 1967 to 1991 and toured the world with the Bolshoi Ballet and Stars of the Russian Ballet. He was Artistic Director of the Chamber Ballet of Armenia from 1979 to 1991, and headed the dance department of the Yerevan School of the Arts from 1973 to 1979. Kharatian has taught for the Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Boston Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, the Youth Ballet of Brazil, the Debra Colker Dance Company, and the North Carolina School of the Arts, among others. He has also worked with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, the Peabody Preparatory Conservatory in Baltimore, and with Les Ballets Classiques de Montreal and Ballet Divertimento in Montreal, Canada. He served for many years on the faculties of the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the Washington School of Ballet. Kharatian is the founder and Artistic Director of ARKA Ballet in Washington, D.C. He is also the founder and president of the Ballet 2021 Foundation in Armenia. A prolific choreographer, Kharatian is the creator of over 100 original works ranging from avant‐garde/experimental to classical evening-length ballets and shorter works. In addition to his work in ballet, Kharatian has extensive experience in television, film, theatre and opera. Kharatian is also an accomplished and celebrated visual artist. From 2009 to 2014, Kharatian was the Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Armenia at the Armenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and is currently resident choreographer. [more]