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hope

My Journey of Hope as a Dancer.

Journey of Hope I wish I knew what I know now when I was 24.  I would not be on this journey of hope if it were not for a…

paths to inspiration

Discover Paths to Inspiration

Paths to inspiration Paths to inspiration can be elusive as we try to maintain our ballet classes. Absorbed in the technical elements, rehearsals, and daily life, dancers rarely find time…

foot stretch balance

Foot Stretch and Balance Exercises for Ballet Dancers

Balance Exercises For Ballet Dancers The video at the end of this post shows a professional dancer demonstrating exercises to improve your balance, flexibility, awareness, and strength in your foot…

yoga apparel

Can Yoga Apparel Work for Ballet Teachers? Vote here!

Does Yoga Apparel Work for Ballet Teachers? As a ballet teacher and a lover of fashion,  I have been pondering an alternative to leotards and tights.  Leotards are not comfortable…

Beginning Ballet as a Man

Men in Beginning Ballet. A first time experience.

Men in Beginning Ballet Dear Readers, Enjoy this first-time experience of beginning a ballet class.  Does it sound familiar? It validates my suspicion that men in a beginning ballet class feel…

classical ballet

Classical Ballet- The Finer Points

The Finer Points of Classical Ballet I asked my readers and students  to answer this question recently: “What are the finer points of classical ballet?” We all talk a lot…

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…