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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Thinking about fouettés…

I have recently received more than a few requests for some tips on fouetté turns, which is arguably the most difficult ballet step of them all. The biggest problem for most of you, and for most people in general, is that you have difficult staying on your leg and you hop/fall out of them. In…

Getting a Better Arabesque

Hi everybody!  Today we are talking about arabesque, which is one of the most popular and most-used steps in all of classical dance.  It is also notoriously difficult and takes years of conditioning, stretching, and technical training to master. Note: This is an updated version of my improving arabesque post from a while back. A…

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…