Rehearsal Struggles…

I am currently in an intense rehearsal period for the junior company’s upcoming ballet: Mini Tales and Bolero.  And while I call it a ballet, it’s more of a performance of four “mini” ballets: Goldilocks and the Three Bears Jack and the Beanstalk Thumbelina Bolero For those of you that are unfamiliar with this concept,…

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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…

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…