Ballet for Figure Skaters – Mini Courses

Introducing: Ballet for Figure Skaters on-line Private “Mini Courses” 

Cost: $250:  includes 3 one hour private and personally constructed lessons with all materials PLUS a digital copy of my “Fundamentals of Alignment and Classical Movement for Figure Skaters” book (with first class sign-up) and AIT Certification of Completion! CLASSES ON-GOING

Annette Thomas

To discuss options and for purchase, please contact Annette at:
Mini Courses* guaranteed to take your coaching/teaching abilities beyond the next level.  These private and personally constructed courses will be LIVE through video chat – geared to each individual’s level of need and available to:

  • ALL adult (18+) figure skaters and dancers
  • ALL artistic sports coaches and dance/movement instructors

Option 1 – Set up a FREE 20 minute consultation with me and together we will create a custom class specific to your individual subject of interest.

Option 2 – Choose from the selection below:

My Floor-Barre pics

  • Dance Based Stretching and Strengthening for injury prevention:

    Learn how to balance stretching to increase ROM with strengthening exercises in order to create the best of both worlds. Be the very best dancer/skater you can be while remaining virtually injury free.

  • Intro to Music Theory:

    Understand the basics of how to read & count music, tempo, meter, measures and time-signatures and how music styles affect movement and expression.

  • Pedagogy Basics for Coaches*:

    How to become a more successful teacher/coach: Learn the basics of methodical teaching practices in any field and how to create effective lesson plans which fulfill the needs of every student you may encounter, no matter what their learning style may be. Includes “The 7 Ways of Learning”.

  • Fundamentals of Vaganova Based Floor-Barre and Injury Prevention Basics:

    Learn the secret behind the impeccably dancers of the Vaganova School and how injury prevention is built into their method.

  • How to teach a “skates-on” off-ice class *:

    Learn the basics of how to create and teach my exclusive off-ice program with skates on.

  • Choreography Basics:

Explore Geometry in movement and the Golden Mean (choreography based on classical art). Learn to understand how emotion, music interpretation, conveyance, projection and body language all need to be in place within the performer in order to create a believable lasting impression.

  • Introduction to Classical Ballet Pedagogy*:

    Learn vital basics of Classical Ballet terminology, steps and teaching methodology.


Brooke Frieling I recommend the Ballet for Figure Skaters course to coaches who want to take their students to the next level. Annette is an expert in her field, you will not want to miss this opportunity!

Gianine Craw – Annette’s class has given me a new outlook on ballet and the tremendous role it plays in developing strong, flexible, graceful and artistic skaters.  This course has opened my eyes to a whole new way of  thinking and teaching/coaching.   While the course focuses on ballet pedagogy, it is really a course to becoming a better coach.  I have higher expectations for myself and my students. Ballet is the medium we use to craft skaters who are thoughtful, strong, flexible, graceful and disciplined.  I have learned so much and have been able to put it to immediate use in  my private  lessons and with my theatre group.  I am excited to see how my skaters will develop over the coming months.

Oxana Anichkina  “I enjoyed this course very much, as it took me back to the years I skated in Russia and we used to take Ballet lessons 2 days a week after skating sessions; but, this time I was on the other side – not taking it, but learning how to teach it to my current and future skating students. Annette is a very passionate and patient teacher with many years of experience in ballet pedagogy. She always gave me the comprehensive information I needed and made sure that I understood it to the fullest. Topics included music theory, biomechanics of stretching, and even how to become a better teacher.
Foundation is the key to growth, superb qualities and successful future in teaching figure skating with excellence. This course will give you all comprehensive insights into this and it will be up to you, as a coach/teacher, where you will want to take it.
Enjoy and Good luck!”

Oxana Anichkina
ISA APSA accredited level 2 figure skating coach
Founder and Director of “Synergy Figure Skating Group”


“Annette is one of the best teachers I have seen in the USA. To me a teacher is the one who never should stop learning and Annette is constantly learning, she has knowledge not only in classical ballet technique but the history of ballet. She is one of a very few teachers in the USA that appreciate character dance and understands the importance of that discipline.  She is a very passionate teacher who seeks for her students to succeed. I had introduced myself to Annette’s work with the wonderful book she wrote on fundamental alignment for figure skaters, which I learned a lot from. It is clear to me that for Annette the health of a dancer or figure skater is very important, and not just when they are young, but their future health. When I have questions Annette is always available to answer professionally and in a very helpful way.”

Also I love the approach Annette uses for Vaganova Teaching Method. She carefully works and prepares her students by working with them on the floor exercises that are crucial for the Vaganova Method. I had a great opportunity teaching Annette’s students, they were prepared for my class mentally and physically; they understood my corrections and immediately responded to them.  Teachers like Annette keep the Vaganova Method alive and successful in the USA.”

– Inna Stabrova

Inna Stabrova is a graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg Russia where she was taught in a direct line with Vaganova’s students. She is a former principal dancer with Eifman Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia, Owner/Director of the Ohio Conservatory of Ballet and the Stabrova Youth Ballet Company of Ohio. Inna Stabrova is also the creator and director of an award winning series of teaching DVD’s on the Vaganova method, which is available on-line.