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...

10 Common Ballet Technique Mistakes and How To Fix Them

Ballet technique can be both beautiful and frustrating. If you find yourself getting hung up on a particular step or movement, chances are you're not alone. This list of common technique mistakes can help you identify problem areas and work to correct them. 1. Pliés -...

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...

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...

How To Build Confidence As An Adult Ballet Dancer

Ballet can be intimidating. Many of the movements are difficult and unnatural, but adult dancers don't have to master ballet technique to build confidence. Everyone has the tendency to be hard on themselves in ballet class, but there's no reason to constantly feel...

3 Ways Jealousy Ruins Your Progress In Ballet Class

All of us at some point has envied one of our classmates. Maybe they had perfect feet. Maybe they had amazing extension, or the teacher seemed to pay more attention to them than anyone else. It can be discouraging if you dwell on the negative side of admiration:...

Mind-Body-Spirit: 3 Major Ways Ballet Improves Your Life

Studies abound on integrative health, considering the whole person when making lifestyle changes. The benefits that come from dancing are not exempt from this. Ballet is the foundation of all dance, and it can change your life in more ways than one. Mind Whether...
Teacher Talk: Fleming Lomax

Teacher Talk: Fleming Lomax

Fleming Lomax is a dancer and teacher with the Asheville Ballet. She has been teaching adult ballet since 1992. BL: When and where did you start dancing? FL: I started dancing when I was four years old in my hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. I demanded to take...

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10 Awkward Moments and How to Handle Them

10 Awkward Moments and How to Handle Them

Just so we're clear, none of the following are life-or-death situations. But we've all had an awkward moment in ballet class. Adults especially tend to be overly self-conscious. Rest assured, if any of these ever happen to you, know that many before you have...

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Teacher Talk: Gloria Buckley Ewerz

Teacher Talk: Gloria Buckley Ewerz

' Gloria Buckley Ewerz teaches Adult Ballet at Dallas Ballet Center in Dallas, TX. She has been teaching for over 20 years. I had the chance to talk with Gloria about her career. BL: When did you start dancing? GBE: I started around 11 or 12. That was considered sort...

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3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

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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