Yoko's teaching methods didn't just develop my technique, they changed my way of thinking and prepared me both physically and mentally to face the challenges of a career in dance.
Dale Rhodes, Academy Graduate, now dancing with The Hamburg Ballet
Whether aiming for a career in dance or simply dancing for fun all students are trained under the Ichino Technique. This technique has been created by internationally acclaimed teacher and principal dancer Yoko Ichino.
The aim is to develop healthy minds and bodies and our syllabus is based on an in-depth knowledge of the scientific effects of dance on the human body. Under this method, young dancers learn how to cope with the physical and emotional demands of dancing through preventative conditioning, a clear understanding of their individual strengths and limitations and a detailed knowledge of dance technique.
"We are committed to nurturing the physical and emotional wellbeing of each student in an atmosphere that centres on individual learning and professionalism. It is of optimum importance that young dancers become the best possible dancers they can be and leave us as healthy, grounded and well-rounded individuals."
Yoko Ichino, Ballet Mistress and Curriculum Manager
The Ichino Technique ensures that students who aspire to become professional dancers have the solid foundation required to build a long and rewarding career.
"I think the best thing about the training is that we are taught not only the technique and movement but we are also taught the science behind it. I find this really helpful as it gives me an understanding of why things are done a certain way and I can visualise the body whilst doing the movement."
Devon Hartley, Professional Division Graduate '12, now training with Northern School of Contemporary Dance
"The results maintain a healthier body function and support for the demands of classical ballet training. From the youngest student through to the professional performer, Ms. Ichino's method provides the platform to realize optimal development in technical ballet skills while respecting the well being of the individual."
Daryl Kamer, Founding member of BalletMet Columbus
"I recently visited a class exhibiting a method developed by Yoko Ichino, and was pleased to see an approach to learning classical dance that went far in respecting the body’s earthly mechanics while giving soul it’s chance to soar…finally, the discretionary use of mirrors in the studio incorporated in Ms Ichino’s methodology is a bold and definitive statement that the specuklar image can objectify our view of ourselves, where in fact the dancer's connection with feeling is the source of choreographic beauty."
Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains