5 Tips For Male Ballet Dancers

Male ballet dancers are strong, dependable, and make great partners in class. In a female-dominated art form, it's a breath of fresh air to have male students in class. Being a male dancer also presents its own set of challenges and rewards. Young men and boys can...

7 Ways Adult Ballet Students Can Find Inspiration

If you feel like you're in a rut, or could use a creative boost, there are ways to get inspired. Ballet has many artistic elements to appreciate. Here's a list of things you can do for a jolt of inspiration. 1. Listen to classical music. The next time you're in class,...

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.

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 following...

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...

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.

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...
7 Reasons Guys Should Take Ballet

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...

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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...

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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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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 three...

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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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Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

' I have a booty. Even when I struggled with anorexia in high school, I still looked like a stack of ribs with a rump roast in the back. When people asked me how I got my bodacious backside, I told them "it's in the genes, and I don't mean Levi's." Witty posterior...

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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 Ballet...

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