Every Dance is a Journey,
Every Journey holds a Story!
Ballet Journeys is a Corps de Ballet for the Adult Ballet Community that encourages learning, physical exercise, and meditation through movement. It surpasses the perception of ballet as technical perfection and reaches into the heart of ballet where grace, fluidity, and lightness reside.
There is an essence to every dance and to every piece of music. Ballet Journeys provides the choreographic structure for you to merge with the music, get lost in feeling, and ride the wave of the present moment. Each person dances their own journey while safely within the collective of the shared dance.
There is a story in every dance and it is experienced through feeling, sensation, and a deep connection to music. With Ballet Journeys you’ll learn a dance and repeat a set motion of choreography which can inspire an array of personal experiences. Each dance joins us and reminds us that we are one - working together, breathing together, living together.
The choreography is not for performance goals but rather - Ballet Journeys is Choreography for Connection.
For some, dance is a pleasure - for others it is necessary. For some, dance is for losing yourself - for others it is for revealing yourself.
For me, it is all of the above and still so much more. When I dance, I unite with life’s greatest secrets and mysteries that offer a hand to help me in an ordinary way, for any ordinary day. I invite you to join me on the dance floor so we can journey together in rhythm and motion to float beyond the normal and into the music of life.
Ballet-Journeys & SomaStudies Founder
“Ballet is such a beautiful art but so very challenging for adult beginner students like myself.
Catrina helps us by breaking down the steps into manageable pieces, and all within the safety zone of our physical abilities.
We are learning and having lots of fun at the same time. The meditative quality in in the music and the movements is amazing.
I look forward to Catrina’s classes.”
“Hi! I am Beverly and have been playing ballet classes for over 25 years. I look forward to playing class with Catrina.
Why? The working atmosphere is focused and intense yet with a sense of ease and joy. Catrina’s musical depth is reflected in her clear precise varying tempos and articulations for each combination and her recognition of repertoire played in class.
And, she truly values and knows how to maximize the partnership of a live musician.”
“I have had no ballet or dance experience of any kind until the fall of 2020 when I decided to take up ballet as a form of exercise. The past two semesters I've had Catrina as an instructor have been wonderful.
I love how each class is slightly different to keep things from getting too repetitive. She incorporates stretching into the beginning and end of class and it's so helpful and relaxing.
There are so many little things in ballet that Catrina is able to explain in a way that makes sense and is so accessible for someone who has no previous dance experience of any kind. I love her music choices and the overall class is a delight with her as an instructor.”
“Catrina brings professionalism, somatic awareness and individual attention to each of us enrolled in her Adult Ballet Classes.
Her concentration and sharing of the importance of muscle awareness is much appreciated in dealing with the various levels of training and experience in our class.
By calmly and patiently instructing and correcting us we learn to apply and benefit from her expertise and attention.”
Founder SomaStudies & Ballet Journeys
Ballet Journeys Mission Statement
With Ballet’s embrace of uniformity and conformity it is often easy to forget your unique path. Ballet Journeys is here to remind us that there are multiple ways to enjoy ballet, have a career in ballet, and a healthy relationship with ballet. No two paths are alike and it is important to remember that first and foremost - ballet is a personal practice and a process to be nurtured and cherished. Ballet is a journey and if you’re on it - it is your unique path to shape.
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Ballet Journeys provides learning and inspiration through conversation, interviews, and physical workshops from some of the world’s leading ballet voices. It is a place to refresh ideas, renew your body, and synthesize future possibilities.
ALL AGES - ALL SKILLS - COMING SOON
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"Catrina's Awareness Through Movement classes offer pathways to increased body knowledge and a harmonious and peaceful mind-body connection."
Former School Director, The School of Sacramento Ballet
"The students at NCDC were lucky to have the opportunity to train with Ms Catrina in ballet. Her knowledge, kindness and process allowed them to progress technically in a supportive and nurturing environment.
Through her work, the students gained a deeper understanding on how to increase their alignment, flexibility and overall strength safely."
Founder / Executive Director of Northern California Dance Conservatory
Ballet is Us. It is the people.
"We make the choices. We choose what to normalize and how to react. We choose to see or to turn away. We choose to speak up or stay silent. We do have a choice to push boundaries or help those who are pushing boundaries. We have a choice to join together, to connect, and to acknowledge each person’s journey."
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