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GYROTONIC® Masterclass:
Hip and Lower Back Applications for Dancers

Summer 2024 will mark my 18th year on the faculty at American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and I see a great deal of hip, lower back, and leg issues during the season.  Because many Gyrotonic trainers work with student dancers, company dancers, or are still dancing themselves, this class will examine the exercises developed by

Hilary Cartwright for Pre and Post-op Hip Surgery and also more advanced progressions but from the slightly different point of view of working with dancers/movers without a prosthesis in the hip.  I will also talk about common stretches that dancers like to do that are actually terrible for their hips and lower back and highlight the exercises from the series that are instead much better for working their turnout muscles, alleviating hip pain, and looking at the relationship of the lower back, hip, and leg placement as it relates to a dancer.

PART 1 -- Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
May 5, 12, and 19, 2024
PART 2 --  Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
June 9, 16, and 23, 2024 
  Because classes are cumulative, Part 1 must be completed before Part 2.

Hilary Cartwright is a former soloist with The Royal Ballet, England, and thereafter Ballet Mistress and Repetiteur.  She was Associate Director Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Canada, Director, Netherlands Dans Theatre 11, Holland, Associate Artistic Director, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Assistant to the Director, Grand Théatre de Genève, Switzerland, Assistant to Director, Movement Group English National Opera, Assistant to the Director, New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Mistress Joffrey Ballet.  She continues to coach and set ballets, particularly from the Ashton repertoire, as an Ashton Associate

She Co-founded White Cloud Studio, New York, with Juliu Horvath, and trained the first GYROTONIC® teachers. She also administered the studio and staff for 12 years. She taught a specialized form of “Yoga for Dancers” created by Juliu, influenced on Taoist’s principles, drawn from Hatha and Kundalini Yoga. This method was designed to develop correct body alignment and placement, particularly for dancers. Subsequently Juliu went on to develop it into GYROKINESIS® with a more Yang emphasis, while Hilary developed a more Yin influenced progression known as Yoga Narada®.

She has been a Guest Teacher for:  ​


Aspen/Santa Fe Ballet, U.S.A., Scottish Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Holland, Berne Ballet, Switzerland, Ballet Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Het Nationale Ballet, Holland, Miami City Ballet, Washington Ballet D.C., Houston Ballet TX


Juilliard, Remodeled the Conservatoire in Genève and updated the curriculum, Royal Academy of Dancing summer intensives in Australia and New Zealand, 15 years with American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive, New York. The American Academy of Ballet, Oregon and New York, Interlochen Academy, St Paul’s School, and select students in Hong Kong and Japan.


Netherlands Dans Theatre 11, Bellevue Ballet WA, New Jersey Ballet, A.B.T. New York Summer Intensives, Interlochen, Academy, St. Paul’s School, Missouri University Kansas City.



Assistant to Director, choreographer and coach for “Pavlova” a Bravo TV production now on video.​


- Published articles in several Dance Magazines including an educational series in “The Dancing Times” England and for the Royal Academy. - - Published a book “Dancing For A Living”, currently in the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York. (Aimed at young dancers, aspiring to a career in dance.) Invited to contribute to various Dance Magazines in America for both Balletic and Yoga advice. 



In 2023, Hilary became one of seven honorees to receive the Dance Teacher Magazine award.

Class Sign-Up FAQ:​​

  • There are no pre-requisites for attending class/receiving a recording of class other than you must have access to a machine.

  • The Zoom link for class will be sent to everyone on the Saturday night before class. 

  • The recording of the class will be sent to everyone Sunday afternoon after class 

  • The recording will be available for 7 days from class, not from date of purchase.

  • Everyone will receive both the Zoom Link before class and the recording link after class.

  • All credits cards are accepted, and all sales are final.

  • Please email if you have any issues with the purchase link, and an invoice can be emailed to you.

  • Occasionally, a fake Zoom link is generated immediately after your credit card is processed.  This is NOT the accurate link for class.  Please email if you are unsure or received a false link.

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