What makes ballet so expensive?

It's no secret that ballet can be pricey, but the extent of that cost is often underestimated, especially by those that are new to the ballet world. Today I want to help map out what actually makes up the expenses of ballet. I have trained in ballet for almost 10 years, and therefore have developed…

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…

Thoughts on the culture of ballet class…

This is the final week for most of us who attended summer programs. By now, most of us ballet students are back at home, resting, or on vacation. Some of us (including myself) may have finished a little while ago, and are already taking a stab at getting back in shape. Regardless of where you…

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.…

Preparing for your summer program

As we approach mid-June and year-round programs come to a close, it is time to begin thinking about and preparing for summer intensives. For example, my summer course at Ballet Chicago starts in only 2 weeks! These couple weeks before the workload gets really heavy are vital to your success and improvement this summer. It…

Fitting cross-training into your schedule

In preparation for difficult end-of-year performances, summer programs, and casting for next season, early summer should become your biggest time of year for cross-training. This is something that every dancer should focus on before heading away for the summer. The physical demands of summer programs are intense; and having a foundation of strength, agility, and…