LSB’s Young Choreographer’s Workshop develops dancers’ creativity

The students attending Lone Star Ballet classes Saturday mornings aren’t just taking dance classes.


Some of them are attending the Young Choreographer Workshop — where they are learning so much more, according to Vicki McLean, Lone Star Ballet artistic director.

The classes, which meet at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, are geared more toward senior dancers, principals and senior company members between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. McLean sees the students learning to appreciate the many different elements that are incorporated to become the finished product — the choreographed dance.

“It’s developing and helping them gather resources, understand music and costuming” McLean said.

The students are blending steps to express music they like and within the creative process they sometimes find themselves changing music mid-stream, according to McLean. As a function of the class, she sees the students determining that there is more they would rather say through expression with movement and expression with music than perhaps with musical pieces originally chosen.

McLean is impressed with the choreography students’ “wonderful exciting creativity.”

While taking the classes, she said, the dancers “learn a real appreciation of working with other choreographers, including myself.”

They’re also gaining a great respect and appreciation of all forms of dance including ballet, tap, and contemporary, she said.

Students who watch dance shows on the television for inspiration see a blend of dancers and choreographers - and a statement being made. “They can pull from so many different sources, develop their own style,” McLean said.

“It keeps the art alive with experimentation,” she said.

The students take it from the basics and develop their dance, even trying different shoes, tights, and costuming to accomplish the effect they want, McLean said.

The Young Teachers Workshop, taught at 10 a.m. Saturday mornings, allows student dancers to pursue a professional dance career but also teaches them how to make a living as a teacher, according to McLean.

Students are able to showcase their choreography and teaching talents during “Academy Unleashed: A Global Celebration” in May at the Globe News Center for the Performing Arts and also during the Performance in the Park presented in July on the outdoor stage at Sam Houston Park.

For more information, contact Lone Star Ballet 372-2463.


Try the Irish fare at the first annual Pot of Gold Feast fundraiser

lHow about Bangers and mash, Irish stew, beer and Irish coffee to excite your taste buds on St. Patrick’s Day?

Read more