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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:...

3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Summer is here, and ballet can help you stay in shape. If you're desperate to flaunt your new bikini but you want to trim up, these three exercises will help you reach your goals. 1. Pliés Got saddlebags? Pliés are a foolproof way to stronger, leaner, butt and legs....

5 Reasons To Try Adult Ballet Class

Adult Ballet Class is geared to students 18 and older who are interested in learning ballet for recreation. Students are typically beginners who have little to no previous training, but the class may also include advanced students, or retired professionals. No matter...

FOREVER BALLET

Ballet is an art form pursued by all ages, which is one of the most enchanting elements of its artistry.  While acknowledging age in the studio is not meant to define a dancer’s ability, talent or grace, it can create a welcoming space for modifications in the lesson. This has been increasingly recognized by studios lately, and can be inviting to a group of adult ballet dancers in particular: seniors.

11 TIPS FOR BEGINNING BALLET BARRE ETIQUETTE

Perhaps ballet etiquette is something that is never stated out loud in class — but you can depend on this: it matters to your instructor and to the experienced dancers in your class! If you feel that ballet etiquette is old fashioned or uptight, consider that you are studying a classic art form that depends on tradition.

Prepare for a Revolution

Just when we thought pointe shoe construction couldn’t get any more personal, enter the age of 3D printing. Imagine using a machine to scan a dancer’s feet, then utilizing those images to create custom pointe shoes, actually printed out in usable form with a 3D printer. Revolutionary, right?

10 Delicious And Healthy Snacks To Fuel You For Class

Proper nutrition is vital if you want to have a great class. You should never take class on an empty stomach, but you also want to eat good, wholesome snacks to give your body the fuel it needs. Here are some healthy options to keep in mind the next time you're...

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...

3 Reasons You Should Wear A Bun For Ballet Class

Love it or hate it, a ballet bun is classic and practical. You can wear it high on the crown of your head, or low, by the nape of your neck. Whichever you choose, here are three reasons why you should wear a bun in class. 1. Loose hair gets in your face. It may look...

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...

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...

10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

You should never go to class on an empty stomach; you should also never go to class with a gut full of the wrong stuff. Selecting healthy meals and snacks from a wide range of whole foods will give you the energy and nourishment you need to get through class.

When the Stage Calls

Chances are that as an adult dancer the curtain to performing on stage has been closed for quite some time now, besides the occasional supernumerary parts. After all, we know how demanding ballet can be and are well aware of the cost of productions (and that’s just the beginning). Yet there is a rich education…

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...

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...

3 Simple Balance Checks for Center Work

If grand leaps and high extensions are not exactly on your agenda, you’re not alone. It is far more beneficial for an adult student to focus on their balance and posture before they try to attempt such demanding moves. Consider three simple balance checks to help you reassess your alignment and core strength.

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...

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....

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...

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...

Happy Anniversary, Ballet for Adults!

As we are celebrating our one year anniversary of owning Ballet For Adults, we would like to share our accomplishments and our goals for the future. Our most exciting news is that we are starting a podcast show that will provide more opportunities for busy adults to…

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5 Reasons Every Dad Should Take Ballet

When you learn you are about to be a father, most guys immediately start thinking about the million-and-one things they need to do over the next 18 years to ensure their little one grows up happy and healthy. Your to-do list suddenly includes responsibilities like…

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FOREVER BALLET

Ballet is an art form pursued by all ages, which is one of the most enchanting elements of its artistry.  While acknowledging age in the studio is not meant to define a dancer’s ability, talent or grace, it can create a welcoming space for modifications in the lesson. This has been increasingly recognized by studios lately, and can be inviting to a group of adult ballet dancers in particular: seniors.

read more

11 TIPS FOR BEGINNING BALLET BARRE ETIQUETTE

Perhaps ballet etiquette is something that is never stated out loud in class — but you can depend on this: it matters to your instructor and to the experienced dancers in your class! If you feel that ballet etiquette is old fashioned or uptight, consider that you are studying a classic art form that depends on tradition.

read more

Prepare for a Revolution

Just when we thought pointe shoe construction couldn’t get any more personal, enter the age of 3D printing. Imagine using a machine to scan a dancer’s feet, then utilizing those images to create custom pointe shoes, actually printed out in usable form with a 3D printer. Revolutionary, right?

read more

When the Stage Calls

Chances are that as an adult dancer the curtain to performing on stage has been closed for quite some time now, besides the occasional supernumerary parts. After all, we know how demanding ballet can be and are well aware of the cost of productions (and that’s just the beginning). Yet there is a rich education…

read more

The Dance of the Iconic Swan

What is your Swan Song? Odette's variation is a devotional dance of transformation and its mastery lies in the perpetual story of the dancer's own Swan Song.  The white swan symbolizes light, or one's highest self that is pure love. She glides gracefully along the...

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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...

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5 Muscular Hot Spots That Affect Dancers

Different sports and athletic activities engage different muscles in the body. Since ballet requires immense lower body strength, ballet dancers tend to develop problem spots and injuries from the waist down. Consider five common hot spots that affect dancers and how to cope with them.

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10 Healthy Pre-Class Meals For Dancers

You should never go to class on an empty stomach; you should also never go to class with a gut full of the wrong stuff. Selecting healthy meals and snacks from a wide range of whole foods will give you the energy and nourishment you need to get through class.

read more

3 Simple Balance Checks for Center Work

If grand leaps and high extensions are not exactly on your agenda, you’re not alone. It is far more beneficial for an adult student to focus on their balance and posture before they try to attempt such demanding moves. Consider three simple balance checks to help you reassess your alignment and core strength.

read more

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

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...

read more

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

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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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 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...

read more

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

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

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!

'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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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

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...

read more

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

  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...

read more

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 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

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....

read more

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...

read more

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 tape (not...

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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

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

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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3 Red Flags To Avoid In Adult Ballet Class

Everything seemed to be going fine: registration was a breeze, the location was perfect, then you arrived to class and found out that the standards are, well, low. If you ever come across these 3 red flags in class, run, don't dance, to the nearest exit. 1. Wardrobe...

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3 Factors To Consider Before Enrolling In Class

Finding the right class can be daunting, but it's not impossible. Among the sea of leotards and dance moms, there are options out there for grown-up who want the chance to dance without breaking the bank (or their back). While there's always a little bit of risk...

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Parents and Kids: 3 Ways To Do Ballet Together

Clearly, ballet is not just for kids. But did you know that there are options for parents and children to enjoy ballet together? Discover 3 ways to incorporate ballet into your family routine. 1. Take "Mommy and Me" classes. If your little one is in the age range of...

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3 Signs of Burnout

As an adult ballet student, you typically do not have the schedule of a professional. For those aspiring to carve their niche in the professional world, the following signs of burnout may ring true. Regardless of your training program, life's circumstances, its...

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5 Tips For a Better Warmup

A good warmup is like a good breakfast: simple, healthy, and prepares you for the rest of your day (or class). Here's 5 tips for a better warmup. 1. Arrive early. Stuff happens, and sometimes we're late to class. But if this becomes routine for you, you're missing out...

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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....

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3 Fitness Hacks For Adult Ballet Students

So you're not a kid anymore. You don't bounce back from a tumble down the stairs, you don't have lightning fast metabolism, and you wake up each morning with newfound aches and pains.  You love going to ballet class, but you're feeling your age and you don't have a...

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10 Items Adult Students Should Have In Their Dance Bag

There are essential items every adult ballet student should have in their dance bag. Your dance bag doesn't have to be large or expensive, but it should store everything securely. Make sure you have these 10 items before heading to class. 1. Ballet Shoes There are a...

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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....

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Get The Look: Ballerina Style In 5 Steps

You know a true ballerina when you see one: the proper bun, simple leo, and distinctive duck walk. Okay, so maybe you won't master the duck walk, but here's 5 ways you can score the authentic ballerina style for class. 1. Warmup No professional ballerina comes to...

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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...

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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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Want To Go Pro? 8 Tips For Advanced Adult Students

If you want to become a professional ballet dancer, you typically need to begin a serious training program long before you're old enough to drink. However, this does not mean talented adult dancers don't have a chance. They may not stand out as the prima ballerinas of...

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3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Summer is here, and ballet can help you stay in shape. If you're desperate to flaunt your new bikini but you want to trim up, these three exercises will help you reach your goals. 1. Pliés Got saddlebags? Pliés are a foolproof way to stronger, leaner, butt and legs....

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5 Tips For New Adult Ballet Students

If you've never taken ballet class before, it can seem intimidating. Don't let your novice status hold you back on your first day. Here are 5 tips to get you in the swing of things. 1. Feet first If you're not ready to put on a leotard, at least slip into the correct...

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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 -...

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Plus-Size? 3 Reasons You Should Take Ballet

"Ballerina" is almost synonymous with "thin". Adult ballet students, however, come in all shapes and sizes. If you're plus-size, you should never be shamed or self-conscious about joining adult ballet. Here's 3 reasons why: 1. You challenge the norm. Since there is so...

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5 Life Hacks For Adult Ballet Dancers

Adult ballet students have different lifestyles and schedules. Between work, family, and other activities that may consume their time, keeping track of one more thing can be overwhelming. Whether your goal is to exercise more, or save a few bucks on dance wear, check...

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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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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...

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4 Things To Consider If You Want To Dance On Pointe

It's almost every student's dream to dance on pointe. But it's not easy, and there are a lot of factors to consider. If you're thinking about pointework, review the following checklist to see if you're prepared. 1. Strength Can you rise to the balls of your feet and...

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3 Types of Ballet Feet and How To Use Them

Feet are a big deal in ballet. Students and professionals alike obsess over how their feet look, feel, and function. Who can forget the cliche image of delicate pink pointe shoes tip-toeing across the floor? Beautiful ballet feet have a reputation, but the reality is...

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7 Ways Adult Ballet Students Can Find Inspiration

If you feel like you're in a rut, or could use a creative boost, there are ways to get inspired. Ballet has many artistic elements to appreciate. Here's a list of things you can do for a jolt of inspiration. 1. Listen to classical music. The next time you're in class,...

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3 Reasons You Should Wear A Bun For Ballet Class

Love it or hate it, a ballet bun is classic and practical. You can wear it high on the crown of your head, or low, by the nape of your neck. Whichever you choose, here are three reasons why you should wear a bun in class. 1. Loose hair gets in your face. It may look...

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9 Things Your Teacher Is Thinking In Adult Ballet Class

If you've ever taught an adult ballet class, you know you have thought at least one of these things! Adult students, take note! 1. She has gorgeous feet, and she doesn't even know it! A lot of the time, your teacher sees things in you that you don't. Maybe it is...

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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...

read more

5 Exercises Adult Ballet Students Should Do Everyday

Life can be hectic, and it can be difficult to stay in shape. Keeping up with your ballet technique can seem overwhelming. But you don't have to go to class everyday to benefit from some basic ballet moves. If you want to stay in shape and feel good, practice these...

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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:...

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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...

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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...

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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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Ballet Class and Flu Season: 5 Ways To Prevent Illness

Brutal weather has been hitting the nation. So has the flu. Unfortunately, ballet class can be the perfect place to pick up a nasty cold. Taking precautions and being aware of your surroundings can lessen your chances of getting sick. Consider 5 ways to help you avoid...

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5 Performance Opportunities For Adult Ballet Dancers

Adult ballet students are not expected to perform, but some want to! If you long to grace the stage, talk to your teacher. They can offer suggestions about how to prepare and where you can participate in a production. Consider five performance opportunities available...

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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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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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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...

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4 Tips For Finding A Great Ballet Teacher

What makes a great teacher? An impressive resume? Decades of experience? It depends. Sometimes, finding the right teacher for you is a matter of trial and error. But there are a handful of qualities they should possess, and red flags to look out for. Consider these...

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Top 3 Reasons Adult Ballet Dancers Rock

A pint-sized princess may be cute in a teeny tiny tutu, but seeing Mom (or Dad) break a sweat is an inspiring vision. Here are the top three reasons adults make awesome ballet students. 1. They're enthusiastic. Sure, there are millions of little girls who love ballet...

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How To Take Care Of Your Feet On Pointe

Pointework takes a toll on your feet. Placing your entire body weight onto the equivalent of a silver dollar puts strain on your joints, not to mention wrecks your pedicure. It's typical to experience some discomfort, but there are options to reduce the damage. Try...

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Celebrate Diversity In Ballet

When you hear the word "ballerina", what image comes to mind? A slender caucasian girl? Actually, everyone can, and should, do ballet! They say variety is the spice of life, so all ethnicities should be welcomed. If you're a teenager or parent, here's some advice for...

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How To Improve Your Turnout

Ever see a ballerina walk like a duck? That's "turnout". Turnout is the outward rotation of the hips. It's not natural, it's not easy, and it can cause damage if not done correctly. While professional ballerinas have been practicing turnout since they were children,...

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How To Break In Pointe Shoes

The best way to break in your pointe shoes is simply by wearing them. Your body temperature and perspiration from class help to mold the shoes to the unique shape of your feet. However, there are a few ways to cut corners and speed up the process. Try these simple...

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3 Tips To Reduce Slipping On Dance Floors

There's nothing more nerve-wracking for a dancer than a slippery dance floor. The most popular dance flooring is vinyl, or marley, while other common surfaces include hardwood and laminate. There are a few ways to decrease the risk of slipping and falling. Follow...

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5 Tips For Male Ballet Dancers

Male ballet dancers are strong, dependable, and make great partners in class. In a female-dominated art form, it's a breath of fresh air to have male students in class. Being a male dancer also presents its own set of challenges and rewards. Young men and boys can...

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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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Pointe Class For Adults

It's a dream for many adult students to progress to pointe. It certainly isn't expected when joining an adult ballet class, but it's a possibility for the most dedicated dancers. If you're considering dancing on pointe, talk to your teacher. They can give you an...

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Getting Your First Pair Of Pointe Shoes

Getting your first pair of pointe shoes is one of the most exciting experiences as an adult dancer. In the ballet world, it's considered a rite of passage. That's why it's crucial to find the best pair for your feet. Consider the following guidelines while shopping...

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10 Delicious And Healthy Snacks To Fuel You For Class

Proper nutrition is vital if you want to have a great class. You should never take class on an empty stomach, but you also want to eat good, wholesome snacks to give your body the fuel it needs. Here are some healthy options to keep in mind the next time you're...

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How To Do A Warm-Up For Ballet Class

Doing a warm-up before class is essential to your health and performance. The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare your body for the physical demands of class. It increases body temperature, improves flexibility, and helps you get in the proper mindset. Follow these...

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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...

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How to Choose Ballet Shoes

Ballet shoes, or technique shoes, are the basic, light-weight shoes worn by all ballet dancers. Proper technique shoes are essential to your performance and safety. Popular brands include Capezio, Bloch, and Grishko. By following these guidelines, you can find the...

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How To Choose An Adult Ballet Class

There are many factors to consider when choosing an adult ballet class. Cost, location, and class schedules can vary greatly, as well as our circumstances. Defining your goals and preferences can help you find the class that's best for you. Consider five options for...

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Homeschooled Ballet Students

Homeschooled teens are always welcome in an adult ballet class if they are seeking an extracurricular activity. Homeschooling requires diligent effort, and engaging in outside activities can have either a positive or negative influence. There are factors that make it...

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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...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Adult Ballet

If you're new to ballet class, you may not know what's appropriate in certain situations. Ballet requires a certain level of etiquette, and ignoring it is considered disrespectful to the art form, the teacher, and your classmates. Though most students don't experience...

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The Levels of Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet Class is a great place to learn ballet without the pressure of becoming a professional dancer. Most adult ballet classes are for  adults 18 and older who have little or no previous training. However, some schools and studios offer various levels even for...

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What To Wear In Ballet Class

Unlike the ballerinas you see on stage, you don't have to wear a tutu! Adult ballet class is recreational, which means the dress code is more relaxed. However, even though the atmosphere is not as strict, it's important to still demonstrate a measure of etiquette and...

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Ballet Class 101

Adult ballet class is where you learn the basics of ballet. There is no need to feel insecure if you're new to ballet. The purpose of an adult ballet class is to offer instruction without the pressure of pursuing a professional performing career. Ballet class consists...

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5 Reasons To Try Adult Ballet Class

Adult Ballet Class is geared to students 18 and older who are interested in learning ballet for recreation. Students are typically beginners who have little to no previous training, but the class may also include advanced students, or retired professionals. No matter...

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