How to Stretch Safer

For dancers, improving flexibility and getting your splits are important. But, many don’t realize that safe stretching combined with injury prevention is even more important. This article will educate you on effective stretching techniques, which are scientifically proven to prevent injury. So, let’s learn how to get flexible the safe way. Why am I so…

A Dancer’s Guide to the Upper Back

Hi everybody!  Today we discuss the concept of the upper back in ballet dance.  This part of a ballet dancer’s technique is often ignored. Yet it is vital to maintaining correct posture, a high arabesque and many other technical achievements.  While most back workouts are aimed at strengthening the distinctive muscles of the lower back,…

How To Engage and Use Your Lower Abs

Whether you dance the style of Russian ballet, the Balanchine style, adult ballet, or modern/contemporary ballet, it is important that you learn to engage the deep abdominal muscle. Doing so will bring your dancing to a whole other level.  Dancers in ballet schools/studios and ballet companies can equally benefit from learning the concept of using…

Thera Band Exercises for Beginners

Hi everyone!  Today we are starting “Conditioning Month” here at Goulet Ballet.  You will find some other interesting posts in between, but the main focus will be on conditioning and your training outside of class.  To begin with, we will look at some of my favorite Thera-band exercises. These are designed to help improve pointework…