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So...You Have Time Off?

Ballet dancers are constantly working, and constantly striving for perfection.  This requires consistent thought, practice, and body conditioning to achieve the right aesthetic and movement quality to be successful in this art.   1,168 more words


the colour in anything

To burn like cedar, I request another dream, I need a forest fire…

When the curtain rose and James Blake’s echoey beats leaked out, I became aware of every sense.  363 more words


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.   654 more words


The Performance - A (Rubbish)Dancer's Diary

Rehearsals over, ballet shoes put into storage, pre-performance stress and post-performance high are now all far behind me.  Unfortunately my Royal Ballet contract has not landed on the mat, so I have to go back to the mundane world of office work and leave the camaraderie of a shared, stressful but ultimately satisfactory experience, behind.  817 more words

Improving Rond de Jambe

Rond de jambe is usually around the fifth combination you do in your daily ballet class. That makes it one of the most important elements of your technique that you build up every day.   1,018 more words


Summer Program Week 4

Today I wanted to reflect on week 4 of my summer program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago!  Here’s what I thought about it: 621 more words


Tips for Tendu Success

Hi everyone!  Today is kind of a weird blog post.  It is not a technique tip, but I will be talking about barre exercises and things you can do outside of class to improve your tendus.   531 more words