10 Awkward Moments and How to Handle Them

10 Awkward Moments and How to Handle Them

Just so we’re clear, none of the following are life-or-death situations. But we’ve all had an awkward moment in ballet class. Adults especially tend to be overly self-conscious. Rest assured, if any of these ever happen to you, know that many before you...
Retirement With Class: Ballet class, that is.

Retirement With Class: Ballet class, that is.

‘ Retirement can bring on a host of mixed feelings; some feel liberated from the workforce, while others struggle with boredom or loneliness. Regardless, you can take advantage of this new stage in your life to experience the benefits of adult ballet. Consider...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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 uber flexible may look cool, but having bendy limbs is worthless if you don’t...
Want To Go Pro? 8 Tips For Advanced Adult Students

Want To Go Pro? 8 Tips For Advanced Adult Students

If you want to become a professional ballet dancer, you typically need to begin a serious training program long before you’re old enough to drink. However, this does not mean talented adult dancers don’t have a chance. They may not stand out as the prima...
3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Summer is here, and ballet can help you stay in shape. If you’re desperate to flaunt your new bikini but you want to trim up, these three exercises will help you reach your goals. 1. Pliés Got saddlebags? Pliés are a foolproof way to stronger,...
10 Common Ballet Technique Mistakes and How To Fix Them

10 Common Ballet Technique Mistakes and How To Fix Them

Ballet technique can be both beautiful and frustrating. If you find yourself getting hung up on a particular step or movement, chances are you’re not alone. This list of common technique mistakes can help you identify problem areas and work to correct them. 1....
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...
3 Types of Ballet Feet and How To Use Them

3 Types of Ballet Feet and How To Use Them

Feet are a big deal in ballet. Students and professionals alike obsess over how their feet look, feel, and function. Who can forget the cliche image of delicate pink pointe shoes tip-toeing across the floor? Beautiful ballet feet have a reputation, but the reality is...
9 Things Your Teacher Is Thinking In Adult Ballet Class

9 Things Your Teacher Is Thinking In Adult Ballet Class

If you’ve ever taught an adult ballet class, you know you have thought at least one of these things! Adult students, take note! 1. She has gorgeous feet, and she doesn’t even know it! A lot of the time, your teacher sees things in you that you don’t....
3 Types Of Stretching: Which Is Best For Adult Ballet Students?

3 Types Of Stretching: Which Is Best For Adult Ballet Students?

Learning the best way to stretch for ballet class can be confusing since there are so many different opinions on the subject. Your peers may swear by a certain method, when your teacher or other experts claim another way is best. Consider the benefits and risks of...
5 Exercises Adult Ballet Students Should Do Everyday

5 Exercises Adult Ballet Students Should Do Everyday

Life can be hectic, and it can be difficult to stay in shape. Keeping up with your ballet technique can seem overwhelming. But you don’t have to go to class everyday to benefit from some basic ballet moves. If you want to stay in shape and feel good, practice...
3 Ballet “Flaws” And How To Use Them To Your Advantage

3 Ballet “Flaws” And How To Use Them To Your Advantage

We all have an image in our heads of what a ballerina looks like: tall, rail-thin, hair in a bun, perfect feet etc. And while that may be the status quo in the professional world, it’s an almost impossible standard to live up to in the real world. And...
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