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…

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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…

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…

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,…

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…