How To Take Care Of Your Feet On Pointe

Pointework takes a toll on your feet. Placing your entire body weight onto the equivalent of a silver dollar puts strain on your joints, not to mention wrecks your pedicure. It's typical to experience some discomfort, but there are options to reduce the damage. Try...

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...

Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

In speech, to "articulate" means the ability to express oneself clearly and fluidly. Likewise, a dancer needs to have the ability to move certain parts of their body in a smooth manner that doesn't look choppy or disjointed. Learning to articulate the feet results in...

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...

Ballet Exercises You Can Do At Home

Whether you're enrolled in a class, or just want to vary your fitness routine, there are simple ballet exercises you can practice at home. If you don't own a ballet barre, use the back of a chair, or a counter top for support. Also, you'll want to clear a space so you...

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...

5 Things Adult Ballet Students Should Do If They Want To Improve

If you really want to improve your technique, there are some things you should be doing every class. Just as you wouldn't expect long-term results from extreme dieting, becoming a better dancer requires that you develop habits to use every time you dance. Consider...
Barre Essentials: 5 Guidelines for Proper Posture

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...

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3 Pointe Safety Tips For Beginners

3 Pointe Safety Tips For Beginners

Earning your first pair of pointe shoes can be very exciting, especially for an adult. If your teacher gives you the green light to start pointe, keep these 3 safety tips in mind as you navigate dancing on your toes for the first time. 1. Get professionally fitted....

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Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

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...

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10 Pointe Shoe Hacks For 2016

10 Pointe Shoe Hacks For 2016

Whether you're new to pointe or already mastering fouettés, here's a list of 10 pointe shoe hacks for the new year. 1. Use antibiotic ointment. It's no secret that pointe shoes are a pain. Some ambitious students want to appear hardcore by using only masking...

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Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

Learning to Articulate the Feet: A 3-Step Guide

In speech, to "articulate" means the ability to express oneself clearly and fluidly. Likewise, a dancer needs to have the ability to move certain parts of their body in a smooth manner that doesn't look choppy or disjointed. Learning to articulate the feet results in...

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5 Qualities Every Ballet Teacher Should Have

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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