How to design a training plan

Dance is just starting up either this week or last week for most of us, and there is no hiding from the fact that the new season is upon us.  This is the perfect time to make new habits and change the way that we work on a day-to-day basis. I have been getting quite…

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2 great strength circuits for dancers

Today I wanted to quickly share with you two of my favorite strength circuits for dancers.  All you will need is a pilates ball and a mat. *Note: A circuit workout is a combination of exercises that you repeat and do a certain number of times (sets).  I explain all the different workout types in my…

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…

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…

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…

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…