Pas de Deux Workshop
Broche Ballet is thrilled to present our first opportunity to learn partnering (pas de deux)! Pas de deux means “step for two” and consists of typically a male partnering a female on pointe with steps such as promenade (move in a circle), assisted pirouettes, and lifts such as the fish dive or overhead lifts.
Bring Your Own Partner (BYOP)!
BYOP — Bring Your Own Partner! They can be your friend, family member, partner, etc. Your partner does not need any ballet experience, nor do they need to be able to lift you up. You are welcome to bring a female partner with you as your partner, as long as they are comfortable learning the male role and rotating around partnering the other ladies.
For any partner that you bring, remember that we won’t be doing any lifts in this workshop so they don’t need to be physically strong enough to lift you, but we do recommend having them working on their upper body strength with exercises such as push-ups leading up to the workshop.
If you don’t have a partner or friend who you can rope into joining, we have spaces available for single Broche ladies who will be able to rotate with the partners in the workshop.
Ladies: En pointe and able to stand on one leg on pointe for a prolonged period of time. Since you’ll be partnered, you don’t necessarily need to be able to balance on your own, but you’ll want to be comfortable on one leg.
Gentlemen: No ballet experience required. You do not need to be able to lift your partner, as we will not be doing lifts in this first workshop series.
What to expect from beginner partnering work
In your first partnering classes, you and your partner must discover how to balance together. The partner in the male / supporting role learns how to know when the female dancer is on balance and where to place her weight over her toes. The female dancer learns the basics of holding her body to make her partner’s job possible. This is done through basic exercises on sou-sous and on one leg. From there, basic moves can be learned!
Watch the video below from an adult ballet studio recital (not Broche) from adult dancers showing their first partnering moves.
Get inspired about what’s to come with pas de deux with the videos below
This is a beginner series, so turning and lifting will not be included. Use the videos below for inspiration!
Advanced partnering — Turns
Advanced partnering — Jumps, Lifts, Promenades
Instructor - Stephen Blood
Stephen Blood is originally from Chicago and is a company dancer with the contemporary ballet company Wonderbound. He began his dance training in a modern based class at New Trier High School in the north suburbs of Chicago. After high school, he continued his training at Northern Illinois University and graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance.
In 2017 he joined the Fort Wayne Ballet where he had the opportunity to dance many roles. Some of his favorites have been Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, Edward Sterile’s Lacrymosa, and Darren McIntyre’s Phantom of the Opera.
Stephen loves teaching a variety of styles, including ballet, pas de deux, and ballroom dancing.
Ladies: Please wear your regular ballet class attire and pointe shoes. Recommended no skirts (prefer shorts or leggings) so that your partner can find and hold your waist more easily.
Gentlemen / Partnering Role: Please wear exercise clothes such as sweat pants or shorts. For footwear, we recommend ballet slippers or socks.
Broche Ballet, Englewood Studio (4840 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80113)
We’re offering two 3-week workshop series. You’re welcome to join both! We’ll review similar concepts in the second series, but it takes a lot of practice, so you will most likely still enjoy it even the second time through.
Series 1: Sunday Sept 29th, Oct 6th, Oct 13th @ 4:30-5:30pm
Series 2: Sunday Nov 3rd, Nov 10th, Nov 17th @ 4:30-5:30pm
Price Per Series
Bringing a partner or able to partner? Receive a discount!
Solo ladies wishing to be partnered: $100
BYOP - Ladies wishing to be partnered who are bringing a partner: $80 (no additional cost for your partner)
Solo partners (gentlemen or ladies who would like to do the partnering): $80
Two (2) makeup credits can be applied for $20 discount. Use the form at the bottom of this page to request your discount.
3- or 6-month Prima Workshop Discount applicable. Apply your unique coupon code at checkout.
Minimum 3 partners to run each workshop series.
Registration closes 1 week prior to workshop.
Missed sessions will not have makeups.
Cancelation must be requested 10 days prior to the workshop to receive a refund.
Register below. Choose your session and then select if you’re a BYOP dancer, Solo lady dancer, or Solo partner dancer. Contact us with questions.
Apply makeup credits
Our Makeup credits use a different system than our workshops, so please use the form below to request a coupon code to apply to one or both series.