Massage for Injuries and Muscular Activation

We have all been there: coming back from a class sore, just knowing that an injury is soon to approach and put us out of class for a few days.  Dancers have a certain sense of when something is wrong.  If you haven’t developed that sense yet, that’s another topic of discussion.  Today we talk…

Pointe Shoes: “I Can’t Get Over My Box”

So, what is holding you back from getting over your box in your pointe shoes? The immediate answer that most will assume is a lack of good or flexible feet. It is true that flexible ankles are important to pointework, yet it might be the type of shoe that you’re wearing and other fine criteria…

How to Stretch Safer

For dancers, improving flexibility and getting your splits are important. But, many don’t realize that safe stretching combined with injury prevention is even more important. This article will educate you on effective stretching techniques, which are scientifically proven to prevent injury. So, let’s learn how to get flexible the safe way. Why am I so…

A Dancer’s Guide to the Upper Back

Hi everybody!  Today we discuss the concept of the upper back in ballet dance.  This part of a ballet dancer’s technique is often ignored. Yet it is vital to maintaining correct posture, a high arabesque and many other technical achievements.  While most back workouts are aimed at strengthening the distinctive muscles of the lower back,…

How To Engage and Use Your Lower Abs

Whether you dance the style of Russian ballet, the Balanchine style, adult ballet, or modern/contemporary ballet, it is important that you learn to engage the deep abdominal muscle. Doing so will bring your dancing to a whole other level.  Dancers in ballet schools/studios and ballet companies can equally benefit from learning the concept of using…

Thera Band Exercises for Beginners

Hi everyone!  Today we are starting “Conditioning Month” here at Goulet Ballet.  You will find some other interesting posts in between, but the main focus will be on conditioning and your training outside of class.  To begin with, we will look at some of my favorite Thera-band exercises. These are designed to help improve pointework…

Ballet Competitions Compared & Contrasted

The Prix de Lausanne is being broadcasted online currently with the finals running tomorrow. At the same time dancers are currently preparing or competing in the Youth American Grand Prix competition, for which the finals are held in New York City at Lincoln Center in April.  As summer program audition season comes to a close…