7 Reasons Guys Should Take Ballet

Ballet isn't just for women. Men can benefit from class as well. With its focus on building stamina and strength, ballet makes a great cross-training activity for guys looking to up their game, or try something new. Still not convinced? Consider 7 reasons guys should...

10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

You should never go to class on an empty stomach; you should also never go to class with a gut full of the wrong stuff. Selecting healthy meals and snacks from a wide range of whole foods will give you the energy and nourishment you need to get through class.

Ballet Class 101

Adult ballet class is where you learn the basics of ballet. There is no need to feel insecure if you're new to ballet. The purpose of an adult ballet class is to offer instruction without the pressure of pursuing a professional performing career. Ballet class...

5 Mistakes Adult Ballet Dancers Make That Can Lead To Injury

Injuries are unfortunately a common feature in ballet. Do your best to avoid these accidents by taking certain precautions before and after class. We all slip up now and then, but you may be able to limit any damage by following these tips. 1. Improper footwear Seems...

4 Things To Consider If You Want To Dance On Pointe

It's almost every student's dream to dance on pointe. But it's not easy, and there are a lot of factors to consider. If you're thinking about pointework, review the following checklist to see if you're prepared. 1. Strength Can you rise to the balls of your feet and...

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...

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...
5 Muscular Hot Spots That Affect Dancers

5 Muscular Hot Spots That Affect Dancers

Different sports and athletic activities engage different muscles in the body. Since ballet requires immense lower body strength, ballet dancers tend to develop problem spots and injuries from the waist down. Consider five common hot spots that affect dancers and how to cope with them.

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10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

You should never go to class on an empty stomach; you should also never go to class with a gut full of the wrong stuff. Selecting healthy meals and snacks from a wide range of whole foods will give you the energy and nourishment you need to get through class.

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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 help you reassess your alignment and core strength.

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Teacher Talk: Fleming Lomax

Teacher Talk: Fleming Lomax

Fleming Lomax is a dancer and teacher with the Asheville Ballet. She has been teaching adult ballet since 1992. BL: When and where did you start dancing? FL: I started dancing when I was four years old in my hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. I demanded to take...

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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 have...

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