Preparing My Pointe Shoes

Today I bring to you a great topic - pointe shoes!  This is well-discussed topic that I feel should be hit on every blog, including this one.  So, here's how I prepare and sew my shoes, along with a few tips along the way. Sewing The first thing that I do is sew.  There are…

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Tech Week Survival Guide for Ballet

Nutcracker tech week for me begins tomorrow and extends for a period of two hectic weeks.  Let's dive into my survival guide for a ballet tech week, specifically for Nutcracker. Prepare This is the first matter of business.  I always do this the two weekends before production week so that I can manage everything well…

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.…

Article Alert…It’s Nutcracker Season

Hey everybody!  Today we have a quick update regarding the number of articles that will be published on this blog in the near future. These next 2 weeks for me are the heart of Nutcracker season!  And GRB's Nutcracker is insane.  Crazy, crazy schedule.  So, I would appreciate it if you would accept a small…

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!…