3 Simple Balance Checks for Center Work

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...
Cambré  and Port de Bras: The Ultimate Upper-Body Duo

Cambré and Port de Bras: The Ultimate Upper-Body Duo

All of us, dancers and non-dancers do it: we wake up in the morning and give our upper bodies a big stretch. We reach to the ceiling, arch our backs, lean sideways. In ballet, these movements are officially known as cambré and port de bras, and they too serve...
Back To Basics: The Five Positions of the Arms

Back To Basics: The Five Positions of the Arms

Far from angular and robotic, a ballerina’s arm movements are arguably the most fluid feature of her dancing. Just like there are five standard positions of the feet, there are also five positions of the arms in ballet. Working in conjunction with the rest of...
Barre Essentials: 5 Guidelines for Proper Posture

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...
Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

Ballet technique starts with the five positions of the feet. Unlike other dance forms where the steps are performed in the parallel position, ballet technique operates on the principle of turnout, or the outward rotation of the hips. Here’s a review of the five...
Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

In speech, to “articulate” means the ability to express oneself clearly and fluidly. Likewise, a dancer needs to have the ability to move certain parts of their body in a smooth manner that doesn’t look choppy or disjointed. Learning to articulate...
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