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...

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...

4 Tips To Stay Healthy For Ballet Class

Ballet is hard work. Follow these 4 tips to make sure you're performing at your optimum level. 1. Hydration Water, water, water. Stay hydrated during all those kicks, turns, and jumps. Some metal and plastics have an aftertaste, so invest in a high-quality glass or...

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...

Body Talk: 4 Therapeutic Strategies for Dancers

Ballet is a total body workout. Regardless of age or ability, every student experiences a degree of fatigue or discomfort as a result of their training. If you've developed a chronic problem spot, or maybe class just has you wiped, consider four alternative therapies...

Busting Myths about Masculinity in Ballet

The truth is, ballet has some very masculine attributes. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent myths about ballet and masculinity and see how these stereotypes are completely bogus.

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...
Retirement With Class: Ballet class, that is.

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...

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Back To Basics: The Five Positions of the Arms

Back To Basics: The Five Positions of the Arms

Far from angular and robotic, a ballerina's arm movements are arguably the most fluid feature of her dancing. Just like there are five standard positions of the feet, there are also five positions of the arms in ballet. Working in conjunction with the rest of the...

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Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty

I have a booty. Even when I struggled with anorexia in high school, I still looked like a stack of ribs with a rump roast in the back. When people asked me how I got my bodacious backside, I told them "it's in the genes, and I don't mean Levi's." Witty posterior...

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Misty Copeland: Triumph and Embarrassment

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 Theatre...

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3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

Mornings can be rough, but there are simple stretches you can do to start the day off right. If your first inclination is to reach for the coffee, try these 3 exercises instead to get your mojo going. 1. Cambré Cambré is the perfect morning stretch. Start by placing...

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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...

read more
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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