Annarella Roura Sanchez

Besides being a dancer, i began assuming theaching functions,I  gave the children lessons in Camaguey Ballet Academy and studied at the Higher Institute of Art.

At the age of 22, I had a surgery to fix an injury in the tibia and decided to increase my knowledge in the field of Education. I became interested in the teaching besides with the ballet methodology, enhancing the capabilities that each child was unconsciously showing. This period of my life was a true personal enrichment, because I had classes with the best teachers of Cuba.

My passion for children and teaching came very early and it came to life in 1996 when I arrived in Portugal, Leiria. In 1998, i started the Academy of Ballet and Dance. The first few years were very difficult, the Classical Ballet was unknown, but i should also recognize that the leirienses (parents and students) gradually began to appreciate  the art of dance, of course combined with the music.

Twenty years have passed and with them, I´ve been structuring a ballet teaching program itself. It is a method based on the Program of the Cuban School of Ballet, which always considers the characteristics of each group of students and each child.

After these 20 years of teaching and also a lot of learning, I decided to share my program with teachers. Due to the values that I recognize in that program, i’m absollutly available to disclose all may knowledge to enyone who is interested (students and teachers).

This program includes ballet classes with its own steps, created by me, respecting the age and student´s capacities.

Initiation program is suitable for children between 4 and 6yr old. It is intended through the playful teaching of first Classical Ballet steps.

Program 1 is the first of technical programs and is directed to children from 7 to 15 years.

Program 2 aims to teach ballet to young people aged from 15 to 18 years. This phase is the consolidation phase, demanding a high level of execution.

Once at this levelthe student aged 18 should be able to enter a professional Classical Ballet company  or a Contemporary Dance company.

In this second program, there is a special situation that is only for students who began the training program Annarella Sánchez Escuela Cubana de Ballet. These students entered the school with my 14 years and have gained experience and practice Ballet.

Program Improvement 3 is a program for students from 17 to 25 years. It focuses on the improvement of all classical ballet execution technics.