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 the...

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 or...

Top 4 Reasons Men Should Take Ballet

There's a stigma associated with male ballet dancers and this attitude needs to be buried. Male dancers are strong, supportive, and talented. If you're thinking about trying a ballet class, here's a little boost to get you moving. 1. You're always welcome. In an art...

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 as an...

5 Hygiene Rules Every Adult Ballet Student Should Follow

It happens. With all that squatting, kicking, and jumping, we're bound to get funky from time to time. Youths don't always understand why they need to take care of themselves physically. You, however, should know better. Male or female, these five tips will help keep...

The Best Time Of Day To Take Ballet Class

What's great about adult ballet classes is the flexible schedule. In efforts to appeal to a broader demographic, schools and studios are offering classes from morning 'til dinnertime. So, what's the best time of day to take class? Whenever! Consider the Pros and Cons...

3 Ways Jealousy Ruins Your Progress In Ballet Class

All of us at some point has envied one of our classmates. Maybe they had perfect feet. Maybe they had amazing extension, or the teacher seemed to pay more attention to them than anyone else. It can be discouraging if you dwell on the negative side of admiration:...
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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Teacher Talk: Gloria Buckley Ewerz

Teacher Talk: Gloria Buckley Ewerz

' Gloria Buckley Ewerz teaches Adult Ballet at Dallas Ballet Center in Dallas, TX. She has been teaching for over 20 years. I had the chance to talk with Gloria about her career. BL: When did you start dancing? GBE: I started around 11 or 12. That was considered sort...

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3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

Ballet is a wonderfully challenging form of exercise. But what else do you do to stay fit when you're not in the studio? Jog at sunrise? Or do you prefer downward dog? Professionals and novices alike do well to maintain a fitness regimen outside the world of pliés and...

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25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

During my teen years, my second home (besides the studio), was the library. I immersed myself in ballet culture: memoirs, how-to's, encyclopedic histories of dance companies, even Angelina Ballerina, for crying out loud. While this list is by no means a definitive...

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Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet students are typically expected to follow a strict dress code. Adult ballet students have a little more leeway. If the traditional leotard isn't really your thing, but you don't want to ditch the idea all together, consider 3 popular looks for class that will...

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