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...

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...

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 Delicious And Healthy Snacks To Fuel You For Class

Proper nutrition is vital if you want to have a great class. You should never take class on an empty stomach, but you also want to eat good, wholesome snacks to give your body the fuel it needs. Here are some healthy options to keep in mind the next time you're...

Ballet Terms That Can Be Confusing

It can be difficult for adult students to remember the vast ballet vocabulary, especially when some of the sounds and phrases seem to blend together. Here are a handful of terms that can be confusing to the untrained ear, and what makes them different. 1. En croix vs....

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 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...
3 Major Pointe No-No’s

3 Major Pointe No-No’s

Pointe shoes are one of the most fascinating inventions to dancers and non-dancers alike. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how they should be properly worn or maintained. Whether you're an actual student who is new to pointe, or you're young at heart and like to play...

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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 as an...

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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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