My pointe shoes!

I have had quite the journey with my pointe shoes...I have worn Capezios, Grishkos, Bloch, Suffolks, and Freeds; and a handful of different styles within each of them. I count my pointe shoes (to hold me accountable for how many pairs I use...it is a good but painfully guilty exercise), and I am on pair…

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Tips for being an understudy

Today I thought I would share with you all of my tips for how to be an understudy. I have understudied before, and I just got another understudying duty in the Wizard of Oz, I will be understudying with Wicked Witch. So, I thought that this would be a good time to both share my…

The latest ballet fashion trends!

World Ballet Day just happened recently, and while it is great to watch the livestream for the beautiful dancing and insight into the daily lives of many prominent company members...I also love to look at the fashion. The recorded company classes of over three of the biggest companies in the world really gives you a…

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…