Revitalize yourself through a meditative movement ritual that uses somatic floor-work and ballet basics to soothe and energize.
This class brings out the essential flavors of ballet for anyone at any level.



122 W. MAIN ST. Urbana
Urbana Dance Company.


Starting September 8th,
every Wednesday from
7:15 to 8:30 PM


$17 / class
$80 / 5 x classes
$140 / 10 classes


Workout clothes.
Please bring your water.
Masks are required.

Ballet Joy: ADULT Class
Ballet fundamentals are used to enhance stability, strength, and alignment while neuromuscular floor exercises from the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education are used to quietly tune-in and release tension.

The magical ingredient of Ballet Joy is the choreographic element. In each class a dance is explored that weaves walking patterns, ballet essentials, inspiring music, and group awareness which encourages a sense of personal connection and engaged community.

It is a pleasure and honor to return to UIUC and Champaign-Urbana where our kids were born and to start teaching and exploring movement with the entire community.
See you in my classes!


Catrina Choate-Heretoiu is a somatic practitioner and dance educator who works with recovery and learning through movement. She is the co-founder of Soma Studies which includes online/live somatic classes and is the creator of Ballet Joy, Soma Barre, and Soma Stories.

While young, she trained at the prestigious School of American Ballet and then continued to dance professionally with Miami City Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Miami Contemporary Dance Company. Catrina thrived in her performance career but she also understood movement from a healing perspective and chose to nurture an academic and somatic path. 

Catrina has a B.A. Degree in English Literature from Florida International University, an MFA Degree in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and is certified in The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education. She has taught all levels of ballet and Feldenkrais at many conservatories throughout the U.S. and Europe such as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Dance Department, Northern California Dance Conservatory, and Sacramento Ballet.  

Throughout Catrina’s life, movement has been the trusted language of communication and she understands that a somatic conversation through movement can reveal unexpected experiences that can promote learning, growth, relief, and ultimately connection.

Movement is everything and everything is movement.