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relevé

The Secret to the Perfect Relevé

To relevé or not to relevé more? may not be more relevés.   The Secret to the Perfect Relevé The secret to a perfect relevé is not always in the…

The Body Positions of Ballet

  Nine Body Positions of Ballet As I have mentioned many times, it is very important to understand your body in space in classical ballet. All shapes and lines that…

tight hamstrings

How to conquer tight hamstrings once and for all!

Icing your hamstrings If my last post on hamstring fascia, dynamic stretches and neural releases did not help your tight hamstrings, don’t despair! A second technique invented by Janet Travell…

unexpected faults in dancers

Unexpected Faults in Dancers

Unexpected Faults in Dancers Unexpected faults in dancers are those faults which teachers get tired of correcting but students seem to value less. These common faults are not given the…

jumps

Secrets to ballet jumps. Jump higher!

Jumps! Jumps are a step that you love or dread!  Like most ballet steps, people like the ones that they can do more easily. Makes sense, right? If it comes…

turnout strength stretch

Turnout Strength and Stretch Exercises for Ballet Dancers

Turnout Strength Turnout strength and stretch are key to a developing ballet dancer! Join me for a glimpse into my intermediate ballet class. I introduced these dancers  to some turnout…

pretzel stretch

Pretzel Stretch for Turnout

  Pretzel Stretch The “pretzel stretch” sounds like a twisty painful stretch, doesn’t it? Well of course, it isn’t! It is actually soothing to your lower back and gives a…

penché arabesque

Penché Arabesque How to get a split arabesque

Penché Arabesque  How do you get a “6 o’clock penché arabesque” aka a split while in arabesque? It is much more difficult than attaining a split on the floor as…

Recital Solutions

Recital Solutions Dance Teacher Problems

Dance Teacher Problems Looking for recital solutions for this stressful time of year? Dance teachers, students and parents sometimes need some help to make this a success! I received this…

DIY Microwaveable Heat Pad-injury prevention & comfort!

Microwaveable Heat Pad I am going to share a very special tool that will keep your dance muscles healthy! It is copy of the microwaveable heat pad that my youngest…