Dance Studio Review: Pro-Stage, Kreuzberg, Berlin
May 3, 2011 § 4 Comments
U-Bahn: U7 or U8, Hermannplatz
(note: the review below is of the old studio on Mehringdamm; once I take a class in the NEW finished Urbanstrasse studio I will update! I did take the very first class in the new studio, but the construction was not yet complete so I can’t give a fair observation of the space.)
Pros: nice morning classes to start your day/Matthew/bright unobstructed studio/great price
Cons: studio is a little small (see note above)/not a lot of variety in teaching styles
Teacher: Matthew Thomas- English National Ballet
I can only say good things about Pro-Stage, really. Matthew Thomas is the main ballet teacher and teaches 4 days a week. I wish there were other classes to take, but I think the studio is starting out and still operating on a small scale. The only bad thing is that the studio is kind of small, but Matthew seems to create the combinations with that in mind (contretemps!) so it really isn’t an issue. Plus the prices are reasonable. 7 euro to try any class for the 1st time, then 9 euro after.
Matthew places a lot of emphasis on what your head is doing, where it is carrying you, what it is saying to the ‘audience.’ He plays only classical music (yay!), and pays attention to what students are doing and corrects us individually. I love his classes and his focus on presenting yourself to the audience, and his combinations are pretty and classical. As far as the feeling, Matthew is really relaxed and welcoming, and quite a joker. Luckily now I live closer to the studio so it is now my main place for dance. I take his 11 am class on Monday and Thursday (intermediate & intermediate-advanced).