Update…my broken foot!

So this was definitely not in the plan for this week's blog post (it was not planned at all, actually). I'll cut right to the story: Tuesday was my first day back at ballet after having three weeks off after summer intensive. Class went well, but then afterward I was doing petite allegro and I…

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Guide to Freed pointe shoes

I have received a few questions from readers with a request for advice about ordering Freed pointe shoes. I understand that this brand can be difficult to access, while it is the ideal shoe for most ballet companies and vocational schools. So, I've decided to put this guide post together. Choosing a shoe It is…

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,…

Healthy Recipe — Roasted Chickpeas!

I made these roasted chickpeas, which are a super high-fiber, healthy, easy snack that any dancer can make.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas Sea salt Garlic salt Cayenne pepper Olive oil Step 1: Rinse and strain the chickpeas and slightly dry with a paper towel. Step 2: Toss chickpeas in a bowl with olive oil, garlic…

The surprising importance of the standing inner thigh

Elizabeth Murphy, a principal dancer with PNB (picture below) was guest teaching at my ballet school's summer intensive when she gave me this correction: When your leg moves in an en dehors motion during a rond de jambe or really at any time when your leg is to the back, don't let your supporting inner…