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Isabella McGuire Mayes • 3 Lessons

  • Introduction
  • Variations Course – Dulcinea
    30:00
  • Variations Course – Medora, Garden scene
    26:00
  • Variations Course – Giselle Act 1
    24:00
Introduction

Welcome to the final part to our Variations Course series 1.

Course outline

About this course.

Welcome to The final part to our Variations course series 1.

You can find the other two parts in our library of courses.

In this course we will be tackling, Medora garden scene which is so special for me. It’s what I did at The Mariinsky. Along with Dulcinea from Don Q and the iconic Giselle Act 1 solo.

All these variations are demanding and enchanting. We have to build strong technical ability and of course bring artistic nuance and style across allowing us to captivate the audience.

Use these courses as a learning resource, a second opinion from your teacher, extra coaching tips and to simply enjoy and learn for yourself be it at home and in the studio.

We are so passionate about ballet here and we hope you enjoy this course!

Course breakdown.
Variations Course – Dulcinea
30:00

This variation is a personal favourite. It has everything in it! Balance, jumps, hops you name it! The variation is from Don Quixote, during the dream scene where Don Quixote is dreaming, he sees the beautiful kitri amongst a forest of beautiful dancers. This needs to come across in the movements. Soft, elegant and pure. It’s a perfect solo to show versatility and technical precision. If you’re not so great at something such as hopes on pointe, it’s the perfect time to gain strength in that area and work on a variation that challenges you!. I love to watch Novikova in this role. With her purity of lines and technique she really is Kitri in the dream scene!

Variations Course – Medora, Garden scene
26:00

This variation holds a special place in my heart as it’s what I performed at Mariinsky for my graduation! I remember working tirelessly in the studio on all the finer details. It’s a short variation so giving impact is key! Altynai Asylmuratova coached me on this which you will know was one of her most thought after roles. Here with my student Hetty I will share what was shared to me!

Variations Course – Giselle Act 1
24:00

One of the most iconic variations. The joyous Giselle who loves to dance more than anything. She’s young, she’s full of life and this needs to come across to your audience. This variation is full of technical challenge. Turns in attitude, balance and tricky hops! If executed well, it looks easy to watch drawing the audience in and captivating them.

Meet your teacher.

Isabella McGuire Mayes
Founder

​Isabella trained at The Royal Ballet School and then became the first British girl to join the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint Petersburg at 15 where she studied for 4 years. She joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet in Russia as a soloist and later danced with Eifman Ballet.

What you’ll learn.
  • Medora variation, Le jardin Animé
  • Dulcinea, Don Quixote
  • Giselle Act 1
  • Nuance and artistic interpretation
  • What brings a variation alive
  • Technical tips for complex moments within the variation
  • The details that most miss
Who is this for?
  • The intermediate dancer looking to learn repertoire
  • The vocational student looking to extra insight into a variation
  • Students preparing for Competition
  • Dancers wanting to to get better at artistic nuance
  • Dancers who want to learn what isabella looks for in a variation.
Who is this not for?
  • Not for the complete beginner
  • Not for someone who doesn’t know all ballet terminology
  • Not for someone looking for a workout
Pricing.

Each tier has something very special to offer. Let’s dive in and see which plan will suit your needs best taking your ballet to the next level!

pricing
Casual
Corps
Hundreds of hours of guided ballet classes, workouts and flexibility training. Guaranteed to get the results you desire behind the scenes.

Watch anytime and anywhere.
£30 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
Committed
Most popular!
Soloist
Dive deep into our signature courses. Learn how to achieve better pirouettes, higher arabesque, stronger pointe work, beginners basics and much more!

Expect a greater understanding, detailed lessons and big progress.
£50 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
Serious
Principal 0 Spaces Available!
Tired of wondering what class to do? Need structure in your routine?

Structured plans made just for you by Isabella along with direct communication with her.

Isabella will help you reach your desired goals. This gets results.

If no spots, contact us to be put on the waitlist.
£75 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
Casual
Corps
Hundreds of hours of guided ballet classes, workouts and flexibility training. Guaranteed to get the results you desire behind the scenes. Watch anytime and anywhere.
£30 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
Committed
Most popular!
Soloist
Dive deep into our signature courses. Learn how to achieve better pirouettes, higher arabesque, stronger pointe work, beginners basics and much more! Expect a greater understanding, detailed lessons and big progress.
£50 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
Serious
Principal
Tired of wondering what class to do? Need structure in your routine? Structured plans made just for you by Isabella along with direct communication with her. Isabella will help you reach your desired goals. This gets results. If no spots, contact us to be put on the waitlist.
£75 / Month

  • Access to Online Studio Classes
  • Live Weekly Online Classes
  • Access to all online studio plans & courses
  • 30 min call with Isabella to discuss goals
  • New personalised plan every 8 weeks
  • Plans broken down into two levels every 
4 weeks
  • Personalised video where Isabella walks you through each new plan
  • Discounted rate to in-person workshops
  • Access to live online classes throughout 
the week
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