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...

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....

Ballet and Body Image

Some say the ballet world has perpetuated an unrealistic ideal. As a result, many adults are reluctant to try ballet because they are self-conscious about their body. 'I don't want to be seen in spandex!', along with countless other self-deprecating remarks. This...

3 Ballet “Flaws” And How To Use Them To Your Advantage

We all have an image in our heads of what a ballerina looks like: tall, rail-thin, hair in a bun, perfect feet etc. And while that may be the status quo in the professional world, it's an almost impossible standard to live up to in the real world. And that's ok! The...

3 Ways To Boost Your Confidence Now

Everyone feels insecure about themselves at some point, and dancers are no exception. Maybe you're struggling with body image, your technique is not up to par, or you're in an artistic rut. Have no fear - there are 3 things you can do to instantly boost your spirits....

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...

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 -...
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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