Colombo Dance Factory, Zurich, Switzerland
March 18, 2012 § 6 Comments
Tel 044 272 55 30
It is tricky to find so be sure to look at their map before going.
Well lucky you! You get to visit the Zurich Colombo Dance Factory‘s website AFTER the update. It was a nightmare before, there wasn’t even the schedule on it! Arrgh! Now it is all complete and navigable, yay!
Sadly, I only took two classes here since I have been quite ill for some time. I was in Zurich for a month and only took 3 dance classes. :O(
Since I was so out of shape, I took the beginner/intermediate (‘A/M,’ meaning ‘Anfanger’ [beginner] and ‘Mittelsuffe’ [intermediate] in German) class with Daniell’ Ficola on Monday evening, and another ‘A/M’ class on a Wednesday evening. I think the Wednesday teacher was a substitute though, I don’t recall her name. She was not very technically professional…it was strange!
The dance center has that urban dance center feel, which I like…reminds me of taking class at Broadway Dance Center in NYC. At Colombo Dance Factory, there is an acting, singing and dance program gearing students toward a career in show business. Much like many NYC dance centers.
Daniell’ Ficola (above)
Daniell’ Ficola’s class was very enjoyable, nothing magic but satisfactory. She is a fun, smiley and relaxed teacher. Combinations were not too complicated, so I would say the class is more beginner than intermediate. Be sure to try to be close to the studio door once the previous class lets out; her class is quite popular and therefore crowded, so try to get in to get a good place at the barre. Studio size…average. Though with so many people it feels small! If it is winter and the heaters are on, try to get on the portable barre that they drag out into the center, and not on the barres attached to the rear wall right above the HEATERS!!! It gets so hot even after pliés! hehe
The students in Daniell’s class were of similar level…most looked to be about the appropriate level for the level of class. Which can be a good and a bad thing…I like when there is at least one really more advanced student that I can learn from. Otherwise there is only the teacher to watch, and then the other students who are still working out how to do things correctly. One adult beginner ballet tip: always try to be near and follow the best student in class!
The 2nd class I took was with a red-haired teacher who I think was a substitute. It did not seem as if she had been doing ballet for a long time…she had little turnout and her feet were sickling during exercises. :/ I won’t comment really on that class as I think it was a fluke where the dance center needed a substitute fast.
Compared to the other Zurich dance studio I visited (Ballett Tanz Institute Franziska Frei), this one is the better of the two. Though in comparison to other studios I have visited around the world, it is average.