The surprising importance of the standing inner thigh

Elizabeth Murphy, a principal dancer with PNB (picture below) was guest teaching at my ballet school's summer intensive when she gave me this correction: When your leg moves in an en dehors motion during a rond de jambe or really at any time when your leg is to the back, don't let your supporting inner…

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What I’ve learned at summer intensive

We're going into week 4 of 5 for summer intensive, and I'd like to take a moment to share some of the unique things I've learned with all you at summer intensive this year! You can't think of ballet in tips and tricks.  Often times I try to find a system or a specific way…

A Letter For Ballet Teachers

Hi everybody!  Today we are talking about some great qualities in a teacher, from a student.  If you are a new ballet teacher and wondering what students like to hear, or you are even a seasoned teacher looking for a new perspective, keep reading! A teacher is somebody that not only teaches a student, but…

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.…