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Two Exciting New Dance Programs to Apply for This Year

Rigorous program, check. Well-rounded technical training, check. Purposeful liberal arts curriculum, check. Study your craft abroad, check! If you are looking for all the above, the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College truly has it all. Known nationally and internationally for its B

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What Your Yoga Teacher Wishes You Knew

Yoga has become a popular form of cross-training for ballet dancers, thanks to its stretching, strengthening and stress-relieving benefits. But it also poses challenges: How do you adapt your flexibility and turnout and shed your competitive nature to get the most out of class? Jennifer Goodman, a C

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Top 10 Tips for Improving Your Fouettés

Ah, fouetté turns: They can make even a veteran ballerina shake in her pointe shoes. Performing a seamless series of perfectly placed fouettés requires both strength and finesse. Struggling to get to 32? Dance instructor Stephanie Kaiser Green from Eleanor’s School of Dance and other studios in Alba

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How to Choose the Perfect Pointe Shoe Toe Pads

There are a ton of different kinds of toe pads out there, and even more opinions about them. It’s all about finding the perfect balance between control and comfort. Master pointe shoe fitter Josephine Lee of the California-based The Pointe Shop reviews five different types of pointe shoe toe pads.

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Pointe Shoes: The Perfect Fit

Not many shoes have the power to completely transform their wearer the way a pair of pointe shoes can. Stepping ‘en pointe’ is an exhilarating moment for a dancer, one that – quite literally – allows them to reach new heights, and perform feats that far surpass what was once thought possible.  Today

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Pointe Shoe Care: Tips to make your pointe shoes last

FacebookInstagramTwitterYoutubeSing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.Pointe Shoe Care: Tips to make your pointe shoes lastAt the end of the day the best insurance against prematurely worn shoes is getting the correct fit. Nothing will...

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Technique 101: The art of Ballet Hands

How to perfect your port de bras hands and avoid the 5 most common mistakes. Attention to detail is one of the essential ingredients of mastering ballet; every gesture, angle and shape has purpose and precedent, which means dancers must also be technicians in the art of precision. The hands of the d

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Ballet 101: All about Pointe Shoe Padding

Elegant, graceful, impressive… painful. Starting pointe work is one of the most exciting milestones in a ballet dancer’s journey, but putting your entire body weight on your toes is never going to be the most comfortable of experiences, especially if you’re new to pointe work. The first ever &quot

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Ballet 101: The art of Pirouettes

Ah yes, the humble pirouette. The one dance move that is universally known by all, and imitated (with varying degrees of success) by 90% of people whenever you happen to mention you’re a dancer. So it’s little wonder that for most of us, pirouettes are a pretty big deal, right? Try getting through a

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Ballerina Bites: Curried Pasta Salad

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as some delicious al-dente pasta to fill you up and keep you energised all day. It also happens to be one of our all-time favourite comfort foods (but really, who can resist)! Especially when that pasta is a recipe made by our favourite culinary queen/professional

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Technique 101: Using your face for performance

When dancers think technique, we often focus on what we consider the fundamentals of dance – basic core strength, correct use of the feet, legs and arms, beautiful lines, turn out – you get the idea. These principles are central to a good foundation in any dance genre, but often the artistic aspects

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New Year, New Wardrobe: 7 Key Dancewear pieces you need to own

If you’re anything like us, you spend more time in your dancewear than you do your “normal” clothes, and it’s not surprising, given that we’re constantly creating new collections full of must-have pieces. It can be easy though, amongst the wide range of goodies we have instore and online,

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6 Simple Exercises for improving ankle strength

No matter what style of dance, calisthenics, gymnastics or fitness activity you do, your feet and ankles will inevitably be subjected to pressure and strain. One US study found that 40% of reported injuries in professional dancers were at the foot or ankle*, making it the most common site of injury

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Take the #DancerBeatingCancer Challenge to Benefit a Great Cause

At 11 years old, Cierra McCauley has already fought one of the hardest battles one can face—the battle against cancer. At age 6, Cierra was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But having danced since she was 3, Cierra decided to continue dancing and ended up using it as a way to cope with her illness

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The Dance Blog — DANCE TIPS

FacebookInstagramTwitterYoutubeSing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.The Dance Blog — DANCE TIPSdance tipsSTRETCHING TIPSSplits Tips:http://www.fitbodyhq.com/fitness/how-to-do-the-splits/Middle SplitsTo get my middle splits a while...

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8 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright

Don’t let nerves, butterflies, anxieties or fear paralyze you. Use these strategies to calm the body and mind so that you can perform your best when you hit the stage.

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Marcelo Gomes Just Resigned From ABT

American Ballet Theatre just announced that principal dancer Marcelo Gomes, who celebrated 20 years with the company this summer, has resigned.

Last Saturday, ABT learned of a "highly concerning" allegation of sexual misconduct by Gomes, related to an incident from approximately eigh

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The Best Ways to Prevent Blisters from Pointework

Podiatrist Dr. Thomas Novella weighs in with tips for new and seasoned pointe dancers.

Sometimes blisters are inevitable.

If you’re just starting pointe, your feet will be especially susceptible until they naturally build calluses. Experienced dancers may develop blisters whenever there’s a

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Starting Promenades

You know those ballet nightmare experiences? The ones where in the moment your entire ballet soul is being crushed by the weight of your hideous dancing? The ones where even years later you look back and still groan in pain because the horror remains ever so vivid? Have you ever had one of those? Of

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Managing Money as a Dancer on Tour

Touring dancers must be smart about their money. Take it from a dancer who has been on the road and be prepared. Know how you’re getting paid and where the money is going so that you can have some fun along the way.

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O-1 Artist Visa Tips For Dancers

The O-1 Artist Visa changes the game for many artists looking to dance in the U.S. but the process doesn’t have to be stressful if you treat dance like it is your business.

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Leaves Fall, Dancers Rise

New York City Ballet presents its annual Fall Gala at Lincoln Center. “Practice makes perfect” may be a mantra for dancers and choreographers. It also describes how smoothly and fleetly the New York City Ballet’s 2017 Fall Gala—its sixth pairing choreographers with fashion designers—leapt onto and o

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Life in a Whirlwind

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company presents a new work. In October, almost a year ago, I wrote about one of two pieces that the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company premiered at the Joyce Theater. Lance: Pretty AKA The Escape Artist told through movement, speech, music, movable set pieces, and props t

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Dark Matters from Finland

Tero Saarinen Company performs at the Joyce Theater. Who are these men? I can tell you their names: Ima Iduozee, Leo Kirjonen, Mikko Lampinen, Jarkko Lehmus, David Scarantino, Eero Vesterinen, Heikki Vienola (have you guessed that almost all of them are Finnish?). However, seeing them onstage at the

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American Ballet Theatre Throws a Party

ABT presents new and recent ballets at Lincoln Center through October 29th. As diverse and original as Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets are, it’s tempting to probe for artistic sources that may have nourished them. His Russian roots include his experiences as a dancer in the Kirov Ballet and as the Bolsho

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Tea for Three? Take a Seat

Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer get together at Saint Mark’s Church. “It is better to have loved and lost than to have put linoleum on your living room floor.” Yvonne Rainer read that aloud during her 2016 The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project— Altered Annually. And she read it again

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The Unslaked Fires of Love

The White Light Festival presents Layla and Majnun, directed and choreographed by Mark Morris. How many poets have compared love to a flame and passion to a consuming fire— love that can obsess you, drive you mad? In the ancient tale of Layla and Majnun, the hero was born with another name; “majnun”

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The Red Shoes Redux

Matthew Bourne/New Adventures brings the 1948 movie, The Red Shoes, to the stage. In 1953-54, when Britain’s Sadlers Wells Ballet had not yet become the Royal Ballet, and the company was performing in New York’s old Metropolitan Opera House in the West 30s, ballet lovers formed lines for standing-ro

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Four Tips For Building Reversing Skills

I willingly admit to being a reverse junkie. If there was time enough, I would have my students reverse everything. I find the puzzle of reversing enthralling and always come away from it feeling a little more the wiser for having pieced it all together. Choosing to reverse exercises or steps that a

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Five Fab dance Instagrammers

If you are active on social media, then you already know that ballet on Instagram has become HUUUUGE. Dancers, dance students, photographers, creatives, audience…
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Five Ballet movies you should not miss

As the new ballet season kicks into gear, we share our current favorite dance documentaries and movies, all coming soon to a screen near…
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A Day in the Life of a Young Choreographer

Myles Thatcher, the young choreographer who in 2014 won a mentorship under Alexei Ratmansky (through the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative), continues to make waves…
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“8 Minutes” with Alexander Whitley

For long I have been fascinated by the work of young choreographer Alexander Whitley, and especially his explorations of concepts from science and physics…
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Five Xmas Ballet Gifts

We might be a bit late, but we are here to give you a helping hand in deciding what to get your balletomane friends…
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Pointe Shoe Tips for Flatter Feet + DIY Shoe Improvements

I have flatter feet and want to make them look better on pointe. Are there any special pointe shoes for my foot type? —Joana

Rigid, flat feet can be problematic on pointe. This foot type is often accompanied by limited ankle mobility, making it harder to rise fully onto the platform. But a

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Defining “Success” in Dance

“I don’t have time in my schedule to include cross-training and self-care.” Is this something you find yourself saying? Do you prioritize getting ahead in your dance training over taking care of yourself? Are these two things mutually exclusive? Or are they two sides of the same coin? This was the c

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Foot and Ankle Mechanics in the Single Leg Deadlift

I love single leg deadlifts. I love airplaning and all it’s variations. I can never remember exactly which warrior variation this is in yoga (is it 3?) but I think it is great, ass-burny fun. Let’s talk a bit more about ankle and foot mechanics during the single leg deadlift/airplane/warrior 3/whate

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A Fun Vocabulary Test

Ballet vocabulary. We want our students to have it. To understand how to speak the language. To be informed dancers. So we do any of the following things: Randomly ask them what any given ballet word means. Consistently reinforce the definitions before every exercise. Or at least try to. Send home v

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Three Floor Exercises to Improve Technique

A while back, I wrote about how beneficial floor work can be for students. From correcting alignment and repairing pirouettes, to cleaning battu and refining port de bras—taking your students’ training down to the floor holds so much potential for progress. There are a wide range of exercises and me

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The Rut War

It is no news flash that ballet class is at high risk of falling into a rut. We speak about creating a structure that develops discipline and focus, but we all know that very structure can be the demise of inspiration should it fall prey to staleness. It is, like most things, the teacher’s job […]

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Helping Teacher Assistants Be Successful

Like most teachers, I began my career in teaching as an assistant to the lead instructor. It was an aggravating time for me. More than anything, I knew I wanted to teach ballet, but I felt held back in a variety of ways. While it was only about a year of this teacher’s assistant thing […]

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Water Bottle Escapades

With all the issues and challenges we ballet teachers face, it might seem rather tedious to devote an entire article to water bottles. However, teaching our students to be—and remain—hydrated throughout class is part of our job. Because, like all things, unless we teach them, they will not know. We

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What About the Bathroom?

It’s a thing, isn’t it? The bathroom. Everyone always having to go to the bathroom. Well, maybe not with kids older than eight or nine. But the younger ones? Seems every time I turn around someone is saying they need to go to the bathroom. Of course then it becomes an epidemic and EVERYONE needs […]

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Create Effective Yearly Goals

Goals have the potential to be . . . Motivating Counterproductive Smart Overwhelming Accessible Unattainable Unwavering Fluid Restrictive Freeing Manipulative Organic And a host of other things . . . Basically, goals are complex. This makes them rather intimidating. Or rather, it makes setting goals

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5 Ways to Ensure Safe Stretching

First, a little story . . . I was teaching a group of students who were new to me. I had them on their backs doing a stretch that would help them feel where their external rotators exist. While the stretch is gentle enough, there is still plenty of feeling happening while engaged in this […]

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The Introverted Ballet Teacher

Truth be told, I am not one for placing labels on people. When someone attempts to apply one to me, I instinctively pull back in horror. However, there is one label that applies to me without a doubt. I take this label and wrap up in it like a giant cozy blanket. That is how […]

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