ESB Director Jean-Yves Esquerre has developed a unique methodology for his Teacher Training Program, based on his years of experience conducting private or group ballet teaching seminars. The model of this Teacher Training Program is based on a structured series of topical subjects going from the Directions & Épaulements in ballet to the evolution and styles in the techniques of Pointe Work for women or Batterie & Brio for men.
Applied anatomy, as well as musical direction in ballet teaching are two important parts of this course. Other subsidiary topics – although highly efficient in the development of the well-being of the dancers – like Mindfulness Techniques or Meditation are also part of the Teacher Training Program curricula.
Special Seminars of the major currents of classical teaching through different periods are also central in our Program, reinforcing the understanding of the evolution of ballet and offering teachers the opportunity to deepen their understanding of methods like French Classical Ballet, Cecchetti, Bournonville and Dawson, Forsythe or Balanchine styles.
ESB also organizes sessions with legendary artists and ESB’s Patrons of Honor Claude Bessy, Dinna Bjorn or Merrill Ashley who expose the characteristics of their respective heritage, helping today’s pedagogues to integrate essential values to their teaching.
ESB Teacher Training Program is offered, since 2019, on location in Italy, in collaboration with the Associazione Marika Besobrasova. The first seminar taught by ESB Director, assisted by Christiane Marchant and famed Italian ballet pianist Vinicio Colella, took place in Milano.
The seminars in Italy have the aim of bridging and expanding the ramifications, connections and sometimes discrepancies between French-Italian initial teachings, Russian and Soviet schools and the following international styles that have emerged in the second part of the 20th century; from the tremendous influence of Russian-American choreographer, George Balanchine to the extraordinary work of contemporary classical choreographers like William Forsythe or David Dawson.