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Revolutionary Ballet Teaching Method Unveiled in Cheryl Ale’s Book “The Spark”

In a groundbreaking move that redefines classical ballet training, Cheryl Ale, a seasoned professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher, has released her much-anticipated 2nd edition book, “The Spark: The Legacy that Changed the Dance World.” This innovative work introduces the Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM), a technique that integrates kinesiology and anatomy with traditional ballet training, providing a comprehensive and inclusive approach to dance education.

“The Spark” details Ale’s personal journey from a young dancer with physical limitations to a renowned ballet professional. Drawing from her experience under the tutelage of RPM Master Pedagogue Ruth Petrinović, Ale extends this transformative method to teachers and students, emphasizing the significance of movement over mere form.

The book blends Ale’s inspiring personal story with practical insights for dance educators. “The Spark” is not just a memoir; it’s a manual that guides teachers through the principles of RPM, ensuring students of all body types and abilities can achieve their ballet dreams. “The Spark” has been celebrated for its innovative perspective, with The Moving Words hailing it as “a one-of-a-kind book that rewrites the age-old traditional teachings in ballet.”

RPM challenges conventional ballet training, focusing on bodily alignment, injury prevention, and the intuitive understanding of movement, making ballet accessible to a broader range of students. 

Lawrence Rhodes, Director of the Dance Division at The Juilliard School, praises the book: “Cheryl Ale delivers a gift to all practitioners of ballet, particularly teachers. ‘The Spark’ honors the legacy of Jo Anna Kneeland and Ruth C. Petrinović, offering a fresh perspective on ballet as a dynamic, evolving art form.” Ruth C. Petrinović, the creator of the RPM technique, adds, “Cheryl Ale’s wisdom touches the heart and soul of every dancer dreaming of becoming an effective and knowledgeable teacher.”

“The Spark” delves into the scientific foundations of RPM, backed by decades of research and successful implementation. The book argues convincingly for a shift in ballet pedagogy, focusing on energy patterns, muscular physiology, and emotional intelligence in dance training.

Cheryl Ale invites dance teachers and enthusiasts to embrace this revolutionary approach. “The Spark” is not just a book; it’s a movement to transform ballet instruction, making it accessible, injury-free, and emotionally enriching.

To learn more about “The Spark” or to schedule an interview with Cheryl Ale, please contact the author on her website and cheryl@rpm.dance. Copies of “The Spark” are available for review upon request.

Cheryl Ale, with over 35 years in the dance industry, brings a unique blend of professional expertise and personal passion to “The Spark.” Her commitment to evolving the art of ballet teaching has positioned her as a leading voice in the dance community.


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