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...

5 Common Ballet Ailments And How To Manage Them

It may look beautiful, but ballet technique definitely has the potential to produce aches and pains, or at least aggravate existing ones. Whichever area of your body is giving you trouble, consider five common sources of pain and how you can manage their negative...

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....

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 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 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...

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...
25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

During my teen years, my second home (besides the studio), was the library. I immersed myself in ballet culture: memoirs, how-to's, encyclopedic histories of dance companies, even Angelina Ballerina, for crying out loud. While this list is by no means a definitive...

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Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet students are typically expected to follow a strict dress code. Adult ballet students have a little more leeway. If the traditional leotard isn't really your thing, but you don't want to ditch the idea all together, consider 3 popular looks for class that will...

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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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