I am Natasha Connell, I studied ballet under Lidija and Gustavo Franklin at Escuela Ballet-Arte in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as with Julio Lamas And Graciela Diaz. More recently, I trained as an adult with Linda Kinlaw, Randall Marks, and Heidi Winton-Stahle, among others. I have been teaching ballet to adults for about 3 years. I came back to ballet about in 2013. I was going through some tough times and felt depression creeping in. At the time, I was an active duty service member in the US Army. I began a journey of personal growth, and one piece of advice kept constant across many teachings; find something that brings you joy, and practice it for that reason. I remembered how doing ballet when I was younger made me happy. Suddenly I yearned to feel that way again. I was terrified of going to a class, but I made myself go. All my fears soon fell away, as I discovered a friendly and encouraging community. To my surprise, my body remembered, and I advanced pretty fast. Soon after, I met my now-husband, Chris Connell, my unicorn soul mate. I left the army in 2014 and began graduate school. I also opened a fitness studio where I first did personal training, and later added other group modalities, beginner adult ballet being one of them. Due to my husband being still in the Army, we had to relocate, and I had to close the studio. I continued to teach ballet and fitness classes at our new city, Columbus Georgia, but spreading my time between different class modalities left me tired and unsatisfied, so I decided to concentrate all my efforts on ballet and teaching adults because they can reap life-changing benefits from the practice. I now run the adult ballet program at Company C Academy of Dance, and I hope to share all things adult-ballet related with the community via this site, and the rest of my social media platforms. I hope my content can serve you in your own journey. As of August 2019, I am proud to be part of the faculty at Columbus State University, where I will share my love for dance with the new generations of scholar-practitioners. Feel free to ask any questions!
WHY DO BALLET
Discipline and Grace
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Frequently asked questions
What is the Meaning of "Transcend Normal" ?
To Transcend Normal, means to go beyong living a life on auto pilot; going trough the motions of everyday routines, paying the bills, doing the chores, etc. It means to find purpose, joy and mindfulness, to cultivate awareness of self and the world we live in at a deeper level, and in this way, to deepen our connection to our inner best self, our families, friends and communities. A Transcender is someone that always does their best in every situation, no matter how challenging, or how mundane. For me, practicing ballet as an adult, has been the perfect catalyst to Transcend Normal, because of the rigurous nature of the practice, and because of its beauty. Ballet combines strict self-discipline and high standards with a sense of effortless and profound elegance in every gesture. This world we live in, needs more of that.
It's adult ballet really a thing?
Definitely yes!!! In the last few years, adult ballet has been embraced by thousands of people worldwide. Now you can find at least one studio that offers adult specific classes in most large and medium sized cities worldwide. A lot of online classes are also availble. There is a lot of research being conducted on the benefits of the practice, and more and more people embrace it every day. So If you are an adult that yearns to dance ballet, trust me, you are in very good company! A few years ago, adult ballet dancers were a rarity, but this is no longer. Now we are a thriving, growing, energetic community that welcomes all with open arms.
What can I find on this website?
This website was created to be a place for the adult ballet dancer to find information, resources, and inspiration to start or continue their jjourney. TN is a living thing, constantly evolving and growing with the input from the community. SOme specific things you will find here are:
Where do you offer classes and what is the schedule?
Transcend Normal offers adult ballet classes in Columbus Georgia, at Company C Dance academy. Find schedule and details be going HERE
How old do I have to be to attend classes?
Anyone 14 yearrs old and above can attend. 14 to 18 years old must have an adult sign their paperwork. My oldest student to date is 77,
How can I pay for classes?
You can pay by cash, credit card or CashApp at the studio. You can also buy class cards in advance on Facebook on our page @transcendnormal
What should I wear to class?
You can wear workout clothes, such as leggings and a top, or traditional ballet garments, like tights and a leotard. For men, the tipical attire is black leggins and a white tank top or t shirt, but it is your choice. Avoid wearing anything extremely lose, so the teacher can see and correct your lines.
Are men allowed in your classes?
Absolutely! In my classes, we welcome men and boys. I even make sure to teach some steps that are traditionally performed by men. This might be different in other studios, but we are super inclusive and all for diversity. That applies to transgender individuals as well. Come as you are!
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes! I encourage beginners especially, to book a private lesson or two, to get a deeper understanding for the basics and get very personalized corrections. Rates for private lesson are $ 50.00 per hour, or $ 65.00 for 90 minutes.
Do you offer online lessons or courses?
We are working on an online course that will be available soon.
How often should I practice adult ballet??
You will certainly benefit from even one class per week, but if you want to progress faster and see faster results, try to attend at least twice a week.
Do I need to have attended classes as a kid in order to do adult ballet?
Absolutely not! I have developped a specific technique to teach absolute beginners with no experience, so no worries there!
Can I do adult ballet if I am pregnant?
Yes you can! Just make sure to let the instructor know, and consult with your doctor if you have a pregnancy that is in any way sensitive. Modifications will be given for certain exercises.
Do I have to pre-register online to come to a class?
No. We believe that your mental energy and time on electronic devices is better spent elswhere. Boutique fitness studios have made this common place, but we believe that it is more of an inconvenience. Once you come to your first class, and if yoou express that you intend to continue coming, you will be added to a private Facebook group. There, you will be able to receive class notifications. Besides that, come to class whenever you can, no need to notify us. Our studio is quite large and we can accomodate a nice amount of students.