Welcome to O’Callaghan Moves

Become the mover you are meant to be

The foundation for each dancer must be rooted in the truth of their alignment.

-Colleen O’Callaghan

All classes offered by O’Callaghan Moves -Ballet technique, Pointe/Variations, Yoga, Floor Barre and more,  are designed for EVERY student. No matter their age, level or background.  

The ever elusive mind-body connection, is elevated  to become aware of the subtleties of correct  alignment. Just  lying on the back without fighting gravity, will help us find the natural alignment of the spine, in relationship with our neutral pelvis.  Cultivating an awareness of the breath, whether we are moving or completely still, will help us to work with this correct alignment more efficiently. 

My hope is that we all find ways to become intrinsically aware of; “What we are doing while we are doing it”.  

The base from which we stand, sit, walk and lie down, all need to be executed in such a way that does not lead to injury:

Whether we are dancers looking for more turnout and flexibility; the competitive athlete wanting more muscular balance and coordination; or the EVERY person wanting to be at peace with a healthy heart, mind and body;  

The correct foundation for each person must be rooted in the truth of their alignment. 

Open Classes

at NAMBA Performing Arts Center

At Namba Performing Arts Center, O’Callaghan Moves offers weekly classes for all levels from beginner to professional. Classes are offered in Yoga, Floor-Barre, Ballet Technique, Pointe, Progressive Ballet Technique©, and more. Private and Semi private instruction is also available. To see the current schedule of classes please check this website under classes. Also make sure you are on the email list for classes so that if there is a class change or cancellation you are not left out.

The Art of Dancing & Beyond

O’Callaghan Moves has evolved for the ” Every Student“! Classes are taught in an open studio environment , a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  We have classes for the non-dancer or seasoned professional.  Anyone who is looking for a small studio environment , especially  those students who are self seekers and self starters, fear filled or fearless students,  those who are looking for encouragement and personal attention devoted to helping them find their best technique, strength, flexibility and overall body- mind awareness… READ MORE HERE

Featured Workshop

REALIGN REFINE RENEW

SUMMER INTENSIVE 2017

JUNE 19-23

Namba Performing Arts Space

Register by June 1st!

Limited Spots Available.

READ MORE HERE

WORKSHOPS , INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES

O’Callaghan Moves also known as O’Callaghan Ballet Intensives, has been offering workshop and intensives for many years.  Having been involved for over 35 years in dance, we have experienced its joys and rewards first as professional dancers with companies  such as American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera, Alvin Ailey,  New York City Ballet, Joffrey  and later as artistic directors, choreographers, and teachers with national as well as international institutions.

THE THEME APPROACH

With each intensive, the chosen thematic approach is created to enhance the dancers overall experience and learning  in ways far beyond what they  get in a daily technique classes. Because many of the faculty are getting a chance to work with these students for the first time, both the student and the teacher are acutely attentive and motivated to bring out the best in each other. The small class size provides a nurturing environment, with time for  individual assessment and personal attention, not always available in the big summer programs or year round school situations.

The ability to offer year round workshops and intensives is a way for the serious student and the emerging dancer to find ways to enhance their training with seasoned professionals, often without having to travel far from home.

THEMES

Each intensive is developed with a specific intention or Theme:   STANDING IN YOUR TRUTH, the focus is on alignment and turnout. KEEP IT SIMPLE, a refreshing look at the basics.  LET’S DANCE ! Preparing for upcoming auditions,  TRANSFORMATION, the focus is on the vital importance of musicality to encourage a dancer to take risks  beyond technique.

Our prestigious faculty is chosen carefully to guide the dancers throughout the intensive with this THEME as an outline for their classes. In this way the students are focusing on this THEME, throughout the intensive/workshop, with all  different classes and teachers. This not only helps the dancer gain confidence and focus but the reinforcement from class to class is what helps to build a sense of accomplishment and great improvement.

We invite you to stay in touch and sign up for one of our intensives or workshops in the near future.

What our students have to say

I learned more in one week than I had all year. Every single teacher was so helpful and seemed to be really enjoying teaching. I had so much fun and cannot wait till the next one.

Isabelle B.
Isabelle B.

May 10, 2017
After her first Beginner Ballet Class ( in some years)

“Even my toes and fingers are sore. I love this feeling!! Thank you for class. See you next week.”

Melinda Hoyt