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…

My ballet story.

This is a pretty long one, so get cozy, grab a cup of coffee, and most importantly, keep an open mind. There are a lot of things we don’t talk about in the ballet community. For starters, we don’t talk about mental health, eating disorders, body image, competition, social media, and the cut-throat environment of…

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…