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...
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...
18 Confessions of Adult Ballet Dancers

18 Confessions of Adult Ballet Dancers

  We want to improve just as much as school aged students and professionals. More than the exercise, it’s the artistry of ballet that drives us to continue. We’ve seen the bronze sculpture by Degas, “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer” in person. We...
Misty Copeland: Triumph and Embarrassment

Misty Copeland: Triumph and Embarrassment

  For the record, I think Misty Copeland is amazing. We all do. She has a bangin’ bod, flawless technique and artistry, and she’s humble, a characteristic that can be easily lost in prima circles. Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet...
5 Qualities Every Ballet Teacher Should Have

5 Qualities Every Ballet Teacher Should Have

1. Knowledge Every ballet teacher should have at least a basic knowledge of ballet history, relevant composers, and most definitely should know the French ballet vocabulary. Your teacher doesn’t have to be an elitist snob, but they should know their stuff, so to...
3 Red Flags To Avoid In Adult Ballet Class

3 Red Flags To Avoid In Adult Ballet Class

Everything seemed to be going fine: registration was a breeze, the location was perfect, then you arrived to class and found out that the standards are, well, low. If you ever come across these 3 red flags in class, run, don’t dance, to the nearest exit. 1. Wardrobe...
3 Factors To Consider Before Enrolling In Class

3 Factors To Consider Before Enrolling In Class

Finding the right class can be daunting, but it’s not impossible. Among the sea of leotards and dance moms, there are options out there for grown-up who want the chance to dance without breaking the bank (or their back). While there’s always a little bit of risk...
3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence Now

3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence Now

Everyone feels insecure about themselves at some point, and dancers are no exception. Maybe you’re struggling with body image, your technique is not up to par, or you’re in an artistic rut. Have no fear—there are 3 things you can do to instantly boost your spirits. 1....
4 Tips To Stay Healthy For Ballet Class

4 Tips To Stay Healthy For Ballet Class

Ballet is hard work. Follow these 4 tips to make sure you’re performing at your optimum level. 1. Hydration Water, water, water. Stay hydrated during all those kicks, turns, and jumps. Some metal and plastics have an aftertaste, so invest in a high-quality glass...
3 Tips To Improve Your Extension

3 Tips To Improve Your Extension

It’s always impressive when a ballerina can lift her leg up to her head. How does she do it? Follow these 3 principles to improve your extension. 1. Activate your core. Being über flexible may look cool, but having bendy limbs is worthless if you don’t have the...
3 Reasons Seniors Should Take Ballet

3 Reasons Seniors Should Take Ballet

Adult ballet welcomes dancers of all ages, including seniors. For many 65 and up, the saying holds true, “It’s not the age, it’s the mileage!” Senior students play an active role in the adult ballet community and can benefit greatly from regular classes. Consider 3...
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