PBT stands for Progressing Ballet Technique.
PBT is an innovative program designed to train dancers in muscle memory to improve technique, flexibility and longevity in dance, while gaining a greater awareness of their muscles and how to use them properly to achieve their goals in ballet.
Its original creator, Marie Walton-Mahon, is formerly of the Les Ballet de Marseilles, and since ending her own career has pursued teaching in her home country of Australia with great success and celebrity. Seeing the need for an increased understanding of body mechanics and proprioception (awareness of one’s body spatially) in students, and feeling inspired by the immediate feedback of an unstable surface as found in a stability ball, Ms. Walton-Mahon began experimenting with various exercises on her students with demonstrable success. Finally, in 2004 PBT was born! She has since grown this technique into a veritable empire, spreading her knowledge through workshops held worldwide and a significant online reach.
Megan Berlint-Nicko is the Owner/Director of PBT U.S.®. A former professional ballet and jazz dancer, trained in the Ceccechetti method, Ms. Berlint-Nicko began her teaching career at age fifteen. She has obtained several teaching certificates, shaping her focus on training strong, healthy dancers. Fascinated by how PBT can improve not only a dancer’s technique but contributes to their safe training and increased longevity, Ms. Berlint-Nicko began studying this method on her own. Seeing its impact on her own body and accessing muscles she had not fully utilized even during her own dance career, she recognized the need to train young dancers from an early age to prevent injury. After months of personal study, she traveled to Australia to train directly with Marie Walton-Mahon and was then granted the rights to brand PBT in the U.S. She currently holds teacher workshops all over the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Berlint-Nicko visited Charleston last month and trained two of our instructors, as well as our studio owner in this revolutionary method. The workshop was held in our BAC studio and was one and half days of intense, yet fun, work! Everyone who participated agrees that they came out with a greater understanding how to train students to achieve their best in ballet.
Ballet Academy of Charleston is the first and only studio in Charleston to receive this certification and licensure. In addition to offering full PBT classes, we will soon include some of the exercises in our regular ballet classes in order to expose our students to the benefits of this incredible technique. Furthermore, we hope to share this method with all students in the area who chose to take this class with us!
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