Being able to express her emotion and ideas without words is the beauty of dance to Katherine Bignell.
"I'm really a quiet person," said Bignell, who along with her sister, Whitney Bignell, will pass on a love of ballet through a new ballet school opening in Columbia County next month.
The Conservatory of Classical Ballet in Evans Towne Center at 4272 Washington Road in Evans started registering ballet students Monday. Registration will be from 3 to 8:30 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Also, next week, registration will be 3 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 7, and from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9.
Classes for children ages 6 and up and for adults will begin Aug. 18. Classes will be twice weekly. Adult classes will feature technique in addition to a ballet stretching and exercise class.
Both sisters began dancing at the age of 6. They attended John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and danced with the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet. Katherine Bignell was an original member of the Augusta Dance Theatre.
"I came up with the idea for starting a studio," said Katherine, who has been planning it for two years. "I had been studying each style of classical ballet."
Inspired by the Royal Academy of Dance technique she learned under Renee Toole at Davidson, Katherine Bignell plans to teach a similar style with hopes of becoming a certified RAD instructor by next fall.
The English style of dance is focused "more on the artistic rather than the athletic," she said.
In the spring, the instructors will highlight their dancers' achievements.
"I'll do my own choreography in a classical style giving each child something special to do," said Katherine Bignell.
For more information, call 210-5678. A Web site, www.tcoclassicalballet.org, is under construction.
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