Getting Your First Pair Of Pointe Shoes

Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is one of the most exciting experiences as an adult dancer. In the ballet world, it’s considered a rite of passage. That’s why it’s crucial to find the best pair for your feet. Consider the following guidelines while shopping...
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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...
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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...
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Pointe Class For Adults

It’s a dream for many adult students to progress to pointe. It certainly isn’t expected when joining an adult ballet class, but it’s a possibility for the most dedicated dancers. If you're considering dancing on pointe, talk to your teacher. They can give you an...
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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...
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5 Things Adult Ballet Students Should Know About Summer Workshops

Summer workshops are a great way to keep up your dancing all year. Once thought to be a forum only for youths, more summer dance programs are becoming available to adults. If you’re not sure what to expect from these training programs, consider 5 facts about summer...
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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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10 Tips For Your First Recital!

10 Tips For Your First Recital!

'Tis the season—for recitals! It has been your dream to dance on stage, and now you are! (Or will be) There are a number of performance opportunities open to adult ballet students at recreation centers, community colleges, and pre-professional dance schools. If you’re...

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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 the...

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