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...
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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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8 Dancewear Tips And Tricks

Adult students aren't expected to be perfect, nonetheless, it's important to look clean and presentable for class. Suiting up in the appropriate dancewear can be expensive and time-consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Cut costs and save time with some easy, no-frills...
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5 Misconceptions About Adult Ballet Dancers

Ballet is almost synonymous with youth. In the past, little priority was given to adults, but thankfully, the trend is changing. However, there are still common misconceptions people have about adults learning ballet. Consider 5 myths and how you can change your...
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3 Tips To Improve Your Extension

It's always impressive when a ballerina can lift her leg up to her head. How does she do it? Follow these 3 principles to improve your extension. 1. Activate your core. Being uber flexible may look cool, but having bendy limbs is worthless if you don't have the...
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3 Reasons Seniors Should Take Ballet

Adult ballet welcomes dancers of all ages, including seniors. For many 65 and up, the saying holds true, "It's not the age, it's the mileage!" Senior students play an active role in the adult ballet community and can benefit greatly from regular classes. Consider 3...
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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...
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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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4 Common Health Conditions That Affect Dancers

4 Common Health Conditions That Affect Dancers

Ballet requires intense effort, and as a result, no dancer goes unscathed. While some students suffer from a preexisting condition, ballet can definitely cause aches and pains for others. Here are 4 common health conditions that affect dancers, and how to address them...

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