Halloween Ballet Steps!

Halloween is upon us!  Tomorrow we will be celebrating this spooky holiday, and today, in honor of Halloween, we will be discussing the most frightening ballet steps in the giant ballet vocabulary.  So, join me as I haunt you with fouettés and fish dives! The Fouetté I think this probably wins as the scariest ballet…

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Maintaining Turnout

Turnout is a tricky, tricky thing.  Every dancer wants it, and in an audition insists they have it, and otherwise lie to themselves about it. That whole process can become quite problematic when you get to jumps, turns and balancés.  Today, we talk about how to maintain and fully utilize the turnout that you have.…

Getting a Better Arabesque

Hi everybody!  Today we are talking about arabesque, which is one of the most popular and most-used steps in all of classical dance.  It is also notoriously difficult and takes years of conditioning, stretching, and technical training to master. Note: This is an updated version of my improving arabesque post from a while back. A…

Updated Improving Extensions

Want to improve your extensions, développés, leg lifts, and more?  Today's blog post should help you get your legs up while maintaining correct alignment and turnout. Keep reading if you want to know how to get your legs by your ears during class adagios, and how to do it all with proper placement. Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mg83YpJYHE…

Ballet Adagios: 7 Tips for a Higher Leg

https://youtu.be/x8iyQLEG7hg Let’s flashback for a minute.  You’re in class, standing in the back, watching the first group of your ballet class, full of beautiful dancers, getting their legs to their ears during an adagio in center. Your extensions are fine at the barre...you have plenty of height and you never fall.  But then you get…