Eric Midgley

Eric Midgley is the Ballet Master and School Director at Dancers' Workshop. Mr. Midgley began his dance career in 1979, performing throughout western Canada and the Pacific Northwest with the Veselka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble. In 1989, Eric graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division before joining Ballet Florida in West Palm Beach. In 2001, he joined Ballet Austin and remained there until 2008. Performing an extremely wide repertoire, he has danced principal roles in classical and contemporary repertoire in Canada, the US, France, Scotland, Slovenia and Italy. Eric brings a widely varied background in design, music, and dance to the studio and the stage. He has choreographed over twenty original works for a wide range of companies from ballet, to folk and modern dance. He has created score edits, original compositions, sound, lighting, and projection designs and served as production manager and stage manager for dance performances for over 20 years. With 30 years experience as a teacher, he brings his diversity to bear in the studio. He teaches ballet, pointe, character, men’s class, variations, repertoire, and partnering. His accessible and functional approach to movement is at the root of his teaching style.


Eric Midgley instructs the following:
  • Ballet Level 4
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    2x per week: Monday & Wednesday
     
    Ballet students advance through a carefully developed curriculum designed to teach students the highly technical language of ballet, emphasizing correct alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, focus, discipline, musicality, and self-expression.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Ballet 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Ballet Level 2
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    2x per week: Tuesday & Thursday
     
    Ballet students advance through a carefully developed curriculum designed to teach students the highly technical language of ballet, emphasizing correct alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, focus, discipline, musicality, and self-expression.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Ballet 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Ballet Level 5
  • 2x per week: Tuesday & Thursday
     
    Ballet students advance through a carefully developed curriculum designed to teach students the highly technical language of ballet, emphasizing correct alignment, strength, flexibility, balance, grace, focus, discipline, musicality, and self-expression.
     
    *Please note that ballet and modern dance are at the core of Dancers’ Workshop’s curriculum. It is highly recommended that students study Ballet and Modern at the same level simultaneously.
     
    Ballet 1 begins at 9 years old and students will advance to higher levels as they master the curriculum as evaluated by their instructor and the School Director. Students who were in a level higher than basics last school year will take a placement class at the beginning of this school year to determine their starting level for the semester. Students will be placed in the level that maximizes their learning potential and can be advanced at any time.

  • Pre-Pointe, Pointe, & Variations
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    Pointe is introduced in the Intermediate/Advanced level when students are evaluated by their instructor and physician and determined physically ready for this addition. A minimum of two years of previous ballet training is required. Students on pointe are required to take two ballet classes each week.

  • Boys Club (Ages 5-7)
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    Ski faster, jump higher, excel at sports!
    Boys Club is a combination of creative movement and the fundamental elements of ballet and modern dance technique. Students will learn motor skills, the basic concepts of dance: body/action, space, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, balance and social skills.

  • Adult Int/Adv Ballet
  • Ballet progresses from bar exercises through center and across-the-floor exercises to teach strength, flexibility, alignment, and confidence. Join this intermediate to advanced class when you are ready to push your ballet to a whole new level - or simply for a great workout!
     

    Please plan to wear something that allows you to move freely and feels comfortable to you. You might find it most helpful to wear something at least slightly form-fitting, so the instructor can see your form enough to make helpful corrections.  You can wear either wear ballet shoes or bare feet.  

  • Audition Room