The first day back at it…

Monday.  Today is day 1 of my summer training...my summer intensive has not yet kicked into full gear, but I have a 4-classes-a-week schedule going on in addition to my cross training. Anyways, taking a full ballet class after a chunk of time off is very bittersweet. Your muscles are super, super fatigued almost immediately,…

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My summer plans + updates

This year I will be (happily) staying home for summer intensive.  I did audition around this year for some big "reach" schools that I knew I would NEVER get into...and I didn't get into them (no surprises).  This is mostly because I was looking forward to a comfortable summer at home with my family and…

2 Best Lunch Recipes for Dancers

I've been really getting into cooking, especially nutritious cooking, lately.  Today I will share with you two of my favorite self-created lunch recipes that are great for dancers. Extra-Creamy Superfood Smoothie Bowl This is a super-creamy smoothie bowl that is fantastic for any dancer - it is filled with vitamins and nutrients that will help…

How To Prepare for Spring Performances

In my newsletter on Monday, we discussed how to prepare for an upcoming role.  Today I want to expand on that subject and dive further into topics that can enhance your preparations for spring performances. A reputable ballet school or conservatory should feature regular performances or other production opportunities for students to demonstrate their skills.…

Guide to Training Supplements

If you have difficulty finding occasions to improve your dancing, or you aren’t being offered enough classes at your dance studio, supplements to your dance training may be necessary if you want to secure a job as a professional ballet dancer.  Doing some research on opportunities to add to and make the most of your…

Freed Pointe Shoe Experience

There are lots of rumors surrounding pointe shoes - most of them criticize modern brands such as Gaynor Minden, and also brands that are designed to help boost a dancer’s technique without them working hard for it. I recently tried Freed pointe shoes for the first time.  A professional Freed fitter was visiting my ballet…