Improving Extensions

Extensions are the most sought-after thing for ballet dancers to have - they're popular at auditions, competitions, and on stage.  Let's review the anatomy and physiology of the movement and how you can improve it by knowing what's inside your body. NOTE: We will not be discussing arabesque in this post, that will be talked…

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Improving Turnout

Lateral rotation of the hips.  Every dancer longs for more of this - but there is no secret that it is something that can be easily cheated.  Many dancers make the conscious choice to take advantage of the mobility of the feet and knees in order to create the outlook that they have extreme mobility…

Improving Petite Allegro

Hi everybody!  Today we will discuss a technique tip for improving petite allegro. Your Corrections During petite allegro, you usually get corrections such as: Faster!  "________, you're behind the music!" Keep going!  Don't give up! Show both feet in the air during the glissade. Show the position in the air before you land during jetés.…

Improving Your Retiré

Today we discuss a very popular topic among ballet dancers (this is quite the opposite of my post about Developing Artistry).  In this technique tip, we discuss how to improve your balance in retiré.  Balancing in attitude devant, attitude derrière, and arabesque is covered in my post about Attitude/Arabesque Turns and Balances.  Let's get started!…