Natsuo, our long time staff at Tortoise and also a ballet instructor will hold a set of fund raising stretch class at the back space of TGS starting April. Part of her earnings for the class will go to St. Stephens school, an orphanage started in 1948 in Natsuo’s home town, Oiso, Japan. She has been taking part in raising funds to help them run this residence / school for the past years.
Flow Method – Natsuo’s class is designed to stretch with balletic movement and combine with Yoga and Pilates concentrating on the most important, breathing. This is the perfect class for beginners with little or NO dance background, and currently active dancers, athletes and actors. This class increases strength and flexibility for people of all levels. Currently Natsuo have clients such as surfers, architects, designers, dancers etc. Class is set for 8 weeks to guide you through stretch and exercise correctly.
Schedule (updated on May 25th):
May 30th 10:15-11:40
June 13th – July 30 10:00-11:15
Back patio of TGS (1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice)
$20 per class or $60 for four classes
8 people per class.
*please bring your own yoga mat for your comfort and also warm clothes because of outside location.
Natsuo Tomita biography :
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Natsuo Tomita began her ballet training at the Tokyo Ballet Company Junior School. Wanting to broaden her dance education, she moved to New York City in her teens to attend the New York Conservatory of Dance and study with several renowned teachers. As a professional dancer, she has performed and traveled with companies such as the Garden State Ballet, Omaha Ballet, Nevada Dance Company and Aponte and Friends. Inspired by Christopher Aponte of Roland Petit and Alvin Ailey, Natsuo started choreographing and creating her own works, drawing her influence from neo-classical contemporary dance. Passing on her knowledge of the arts and ballet to young and talented dancers continues to be an enriching experience for her. She is currently teaching at the Westchester Dance Academy and Legacy Dance Academy