Old-fashioned ballet

Something one of my friends said the other day about a summer program -- "they are quite old-fashioned," really made me think about what ballet used to be like compared to what it is now. This set me on a mission to embody the aesthetic of "old-fashioned" ballet. This vision includes classic statements like pink…

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First semester in review – recovery

I haven't posted on this blog in way too long, and school is mostly to blame for that. My schedule became so crammed and stressful that I barely had time to think! But now that Christmas break is coming to a close (I return to school tomorrow), I've found some time to update you guys on…

Ballet Chicago Summer Program…Day 1

Today was Day 1 (if it even counts...I will explain later) of my summer program at Ballet Chicago. It is a very Balanchine-based program, and it definitely shows in the teaching style! Today was just our placement class for the faculty to assign us levels. They will post the level that I'm in later tonight.…

How to Achieve Multiple Pirouettes, Featuring Velvet360

One of the more valuable skill sets you can have for auditioning or building your personal brand on social media is proficiency in turns. Most of us have probably seen the ridiculous video of that dancer taking off her warm ups mid-turn. It seems impossible, and sometimes those videos that are supposed to be inspiring,…

Classical ballet — The plane theory

I had a private lesson the other day, which I highly recommend if that's an option for you, and we talked a lot about imagery and thinking about feeling length and simplifying basic placement while you are dancing.  I wrote down all of the corrections I received, and noticed a pattern. After doing some journaling,…