Master Classes

The Florida Ballet is pleased to host Master Classes at our studios with elite choreographers and teachers from around the country.

 Character Master Class with Peter Pawlyshyn:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

6:15-7:30 pm 

Intermediate/Advanced Dancers ages 12 and above 

$25 for non Florida Ballet students and $15 for currently enrolled Florida Ballet students 


Class Description:

Character dance is a stylized blend of both Classical ballet and folk dance and an integral part of Dance performance and training. We see character dance in major full-length ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and many others. Elements of character dance are also widely used in stylistic forms for many contemporary ballets. Participating students will learn and experience the stylistic differences of the Russian, Hungarian, Polish, and Gypsy techniques that are inherent in many ballets. 

Peter Pawlyshyn Bio: 

Mr. Pawlyshyn is originally from Winnipeg, Canada. He is a graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and the Pavlo Virsky Character Academy in Kiev, Ukraine. In his career, he danced numerous roles with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Louisville Ballet and Nevada Dance Theatre where he also served as Assistant Ballet Master. Upon retiring, Mr. Pawlyshyn was invited to join the staff at Boston Ballet School where he spent seven years as a coach and teacher for Ballet, Character, Pas de Deux, Repertoire and Men's Variations. He was Associate Artistic Director/Ballet Master of Eugene Ballet for six years as well as School Director of the Kansas City Ballet for four years.

Previous Master Classes have included:


Members of American Ballet Theatre's Artistic Board of Examiners:

Susan Brooker and Harriet Clark



Nationally Recognized Teachers and Choreographers:

James Boyd, Susan Dodge, Carlos Garland, Adrienne Hicks,

James Kinney, Pilobolus, Davis Robertson, Preston Swovelin, Suzie Rzecznik and more.

Please check back for information regarding our 2018-2019 Master Class Series

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