5 Life Hacks For Adult Ballet Dancers

Adult ballet students have different lifestyles and schedules. Between work, family, and other activities that may consume their time, keeping track of one more thing can be overwhelming. Whether your goal is to exercise more, or save a few bucks on dance wear, check...

How To Improve Your Turnout

Ever see a ballerina walk like a duck? That's "turnout". Turnout is the outward rotation of the hips. It's not natural, it's not easy, and it can cause damage if not done correctly. While professional ballerinas have been practicing turnout since they were children,...

Barre Essentials: 5 Guidelines for Proper Posture

Barre work is the most important part of ballet class. The barre is where you learn to stand, move, and think like a dancer. Without the support of the barre, a student's alignment, technique, and confidence are tested. You can build a solid foundation by following...

Ballet Class and Flu Season: 5 Ways To Prevent Illness

Brutal weather has been hitting the nation. So has the flu. Unfortunately, ballet class can be the perfect place to pick up a nasty cold. Taking precautions and being aware of your surroundings can lessen your chances of getting sick. Consider 5 ways to help you avoid...

3 Simple Balance Checks for Center Work

If grand leaps and high extensions are not exactly on your agenda, you’re not alone. It is far more beneficial for an adult student to focus on their balance and posture before they try to attempt such demanding moves. Consider three simple balance checks to help you reassess your alignment and core strength.

How To Build Confidence As An Adult Ballet Dancer

Ballet can be intimidating. Many of the movements are difficult and unnatural, but adult dancers don't have to master ballet technique to build confidence. Everyone has the tendency to be hard on themselves in ballet class, but there's no reason to constantly feel...

Mind-Body-Spirit: 3 Major Ways Ballet Improves Your Life

Studies abound on integrative health, considering the whole person when making lifestyle changes. The benefits that come from dancing are not exempt from this. Ballet is the foundation of all dance, and it can change your life in more ways than one. Mind Whether...
11 TIPS FOR BEGINNING BALLET BARRE ETIQUETTE

11 TIPS FOR BEGINNING BALLET BARRE ETIQUETTE

Perhaps ballet etiquette is something that is never stated out loud in class — but you can depend on this: it matters to your instructor and to the experienced dancers in your class! If you feel that ballet etiquette is old fashioned or uptight, consider that you are studying a classic art form that depends on tradition.

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Prepare for a Revolution

Prepare for a Revolution

Just when we thought pointe shoe construction couldn’t get any more personal, enter the age of 3D printing. Imagine using a machine to scan a dancer’s feet, then utilizing those images to create custom pointe shoes, actually printed out in usable form with a 3D printer. Revolutionary, right?

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When the Stage Calls

When the Stage Calls

Chances are that as an adult dancer the curtain to performing on stage has been closed for quite some time now, besides the occasional supernumerary parts. After all, we know how demanding ballet can be and are well aware of the cost of productions (and that’s just the beginning). Yet there is a rich education…

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The Dance of the Iconic Swan

The Dance of the Iconic Swan

What is your Swan Song? Odette's variation is a devotional dance of transformation and its mastery lies in the perpetual story of the dancer's own Swan Song.  The white swan symbolizes light, or one's highest self that is pure love. She glides gracefully along the...

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Body Talk: 4 Therapeutic Strategies for Dancers

Body Talk: 4 Therapeutic Strategies for Dancers

Ballet is a total body workout. Regardless of age or ability, every student experiences a degree of fatigue or discomfort as a result of their training. If you've developed a chronic problem spot, or maybe class just has you wiped, consider four alternative therapies...

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