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Meet Kyle Gardner

Kyle began his dance training at 16 in Orlando FL at his local studio Raskin Dance Studio. He studied for three years exploring different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and African as well as gaining experience performing for the Walt Disney World Company for 2 years. After receiving scholarships from Orlando Ballet, Sarasota ballet and St. Augustine Ballet intensives and workshops he was able to branch out and expand his experience base throughout Florida.


In 2012 he received a scholarship to Joffery Ballet in NYC that proved to be a turning point and relocated to New York in 2013 and has since received scholarship training with Ballet Academy East and worked with a number of different performing arts organizations including Dances Patrelle, American Liberty Ballet, Jennifer Muller, and Brooklyn Ballet. Kyle has also work shopped and sampled work from a number of dance institutions and icons including Twla Tharp, Jennifer Muller, Mathew Bourne, and David Howard. In 2014 he was given the opportunity to take place in a dance prevention workshop to further broaden his teaching style. Kyle has been growing as a teaching artist almost 5 years and regularly travels the east coast teaching a unique and adaptable style of ballet that is safe and efficient. 

Balanchine style ballet class 

December 29, 10:30-12:00

with guest artist,

Kyle Gardner

Balanchine is a fast paced technique that allows dancers to take up more space in less time. It focuses on syncopation with music in order to enhance speed and spacial expansion to achieve a unique line. Throughout a Balanchine class plié is a huge focus. The more plié the body allows the more energy it builds to move through the shapes. Another key focus is on weight transfer. Because combinations tend to be more fast paced pulling up is essential in order to make it seam seamless. More specific modifications in this technique include pirouette preparations, a more open arabesque line, and a more abstract approach to hand and arm placement. Balanchine was considered the pioneer of contemporary ballet, his style was unique and opened the door to a more expansive and inclusive form of ballet.

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