The Academy Method is a method of teaching classical theatrical dancing established by Dame Margot Fonteyn d'Arias. The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet offers an International Teacher Certification... More > Program. Certified teachers are able to teach Academy Method and bring the legacy and art of Margot Fonteyn into the dancing of their students.
The Academy Method teaches the fundamental principles of movement as they apply to classical theatrical dancing, and is based on the teachings of Margaret Craske and her most accomplished students. For more information about this please go to www.fonteynacademy.org on the Internet. The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet is located in Beacon, NY under the direction of Ken Ludden.< Less
The Academy Method was designed by Dame Margot Fonteyn and Ken Ludden over 12 years. The instructor certification program gives them international certification to teach in this method. This book... More > covers the basic principles of the Academy Method.
"Ken Ludden's teaches the fundamentals of ballet and all movement, and is groundbreaking and life changing! He works with the truth of movement...teaches to express through movement. He covers the step and how to execute it, then clearly explains the WHY for each exercise as it relates to center work and choreography. This book lays out how to build a dancer from the moment they enter the studio until they hit the stage as a professional. Try to see Ken's live lectures as well and study with him. He is a Master!" -Autumn Mathisen< Less
This book on Arms, Legs and Feet is another in the series of course booklets for dance students. Produced by the Fonteyn Academy Press in the booklet series for dancers, this book tells the dance... More > student everything they need to know about placement of arms and legs, and the proper way to use their feet for classical dance.< Less
Margot Fonteyn's closest friends don't appear in Daneman's detailed biography. Lita Legarda (a doctor) gets a one line mention. Angie Novello (Margot's Washington Hostess), Theodora Christon... More > (Margot's personal secretary) and Ken Ludden aren't mentioned at all. These were the people she trusted most, who kept her confidences and never spoke to the press. Everyone knew Margot differently. BQ, her mother, knew one Margot. Tito, her husband, knew another. Ludden, her circle's youngest by a large margin, knew yet another side of Margot: hence the title 'My Margot'. Ken shares that Margot--who taught him so much about ballet and life, and with whom he worked to plan ballet's future. Beyond Margot we learn about Ken's delightful relationship with BQ, a close friendship between a teenager and a woman of eighty. Ken also writes with unflinching honesty of the hostile relationship he had with Rudolf Nureyev, which developed over time into a grudging mutual respect and a shared grief when Margot died.< Less