Sylvia Behan School of Ballet »
One evening, in an burst of urgent creative energy I designed this flyer for my ballet school. The reason for the urgency was fueled by my passion and respect for the school. I felt that the existing design didn’t portray the long-established reputation of excellence the school enjoys. There are few, if any, comparable ballet schools in Ireland. Yet newer ballet schools have been setting up on the doorstep of this school of more than thirty years experience, despite a code of conduct established by the Royal Academy of Dance that condemns such a practice. I was incited and inspired to design these flyers to do Sylvia Behan School of Ballet justice, as the centre of excellence that it is.
This is an example of where I see good design being able to help make change for the positive. I imagined that if we distributed these professional-looking leaflets to catchment areas of the four centres of the ballet school, more students would benefit from ballet. I included information about the school and about SyIvia Behan herself as well as two images of her students performing. I believe in ballet as an artistic form of dance that is hugely beneficial to one’s confidence, one’s fitness and one’s discipline. It’s not for everyone, but if you don’t try it you won’t know. I went to ballet at the age of four because there was a class close to my school in Knocklyon Community Centre, where the class remains to this day. My mother had wanted me to do gymnastics but didn’t have a car to drive me to a gymnastics class, so ballet is was, and ballet it still is.
Last year I went to Geneva on Erasmus and found a ballet class over there that I could do once a week, it really made me feel at home. It was a slightly different style of ballet but everything else was the same, even the names of the exercises, since they are French. There were women of all ages in the class, from late teens to fifties, with only ballet in common. I attended a class on Monday evenings, and it didn’t matter how much college work I had to do or how stressed I felt, ballet always offered me release from that and helped me feel at home, away from home.