How to Achieve Multiple Pirouettes, Featuring Velvet360

One of the more valuable skill sets you can have for auditioning or building your personal brand on social media is proficiency in turns. Most of us have probably seen the ridiculous video of that dancer taking off her warm ups mid-turn. It seems impossible, and sometimes those videos that are supposed to be inspiring,…

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Classical ballet — The plane theory

I had a private lesson the other day, which I highly recommend if that's an option for you, and we talked a lot about imagery and thinking about feeling length and simplifying basic placement while you are dancing.  I wrote down all of the corrections I received, and noticed a pattern. After doing some journaling,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Turning Q & A…Problems Solved!

I have been getting loads of extremely specific requests regarding pirouette and turning technique - so I thought I would do a short-answer blog post and check them all off in one sha-bang! Note: If you don't have your turning request/question answered here, know that it is too long for a short answer, and it…

How to Articulate Through Your Feet

Today we are talking about a requested topic, which is how to master articulating through your feet, and especially through your pointe shoes, during tendus, dégagés, rond de jambes, and any battement movement, really.  I hope you find this very helpful! What is articulation? Before we can do something, we have to understand what it…