From "How To Make A Ballet Dancer" - Maria Vegh's Conditioning Exercises
Maria Vegh has trained and coached a Who’s Who of contemporary dance. Her students don’t merely dance the world’s stages, they dominate them with extraordinary strength, grace and endurance. Maria gives her students that extra something. She has done this consistently for almost 50 years. Maria did not dance a step until she was 18 years old in 1950. Within three years she became a soloist with Ballet Repertory of New York. Soon she began teaching others how to do what she did naturally. Maria discovered she could teach as instinctively as she danced, and her students quickly surpassed other dancers. In 1971, the Harkness House for Ballet Arts, the most progressive training center of its time, named Maria Vegh co-director with David Howard. There she trained literally hundreds of professional dancers who continue to influence Ballet throughout the world. As much as anyone, Maria Vegh deserves credit for the rise of the American dancer and the premier place the United States achieved in the world of dance. In 2010 we filmed Maria Vegh guest teaching a 13 week course for Level IV Ballet students aged 12-13 years old. Maria was 78 at the time. This clip is an excerpt from an interactive website and DVD we created from that video which can be seen at www.HowToMakeABalletDancer.com. It serves as a series of master classes for how to teach Ballet and train strong healthy dancers. Today Maria lives and teaches in Asheville, NC. She is in demand as a guest teacher on both coasts and in Hawaii.