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3 Reasons Dancers Should Stretch « Ballet Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Tips | 1 comment

Leg stretches are especially important for ballet dancers. Leg stretches involving the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves improve flexibility and help prevent injury. There are three major reasons why ballet dancers should stretch. Image Via – Here are 3 other images in 1. More flexibility. A few dancers are “noodles”. They can twist themselves into pretzels. They don’t need more flexibility. Most of us are not like that. Most of us need to stretch to get the freedom of good turnout. We need to stretch to get the soaring arabesques and the effortless extensions that are so beautiful. 2. Fewer injuries. Have you ever kicked your leg up with too much force and pulled your hamstring muscle? Or maybe you fell and pulled something. Dancers who are flexible are less likely to get these types of injuries because their muscles can handle the unexpected stretch. 3. Less sore. When you work a muscle hard or in a new way, it will often be sore for a couple of days. For example, it you lift your leg to the front and hold it until it trembles, your thigh muscles (quadraceps) are probably going to be sore. If you stretch them out right […]

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Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Ballet Shoes, Tips | 2 comments

You have just bought new point shoes and you’re excited to use them. Before you do, check out these tips on care and maintenance of ballet point shoes to make sure your pointe shoes last. . Image Via – Pointe Shoes You’ve heard it a thousand times, but let me make it clear: never leave your wet pointe shoes in your dance bag! Not allowing them to properly dry will decrease the life of your expensive pointe shoes. Many types of shellacs and glues are available for re-hardening pointe shoes. One in particular that I have heard of is called Fabulon, which can be purchased at your local hardware store or sometimes even through dance stores. via Pointe Shoe Care – The Ballet Site.

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how to be better

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in General, Questions, Tips | 23 comments

i’m a new dancer and i am constantly reminded of how im not as good as everyone in my class’, so I would like to know some ways on how i can make my extensions better, how i can get higher, and how i could get my extension better, also how i can get better arches?? please please help me!!

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how to soften ballet flats

Posted by on Apr 7, 2007 in Tips | 2 comments

the other day i found out that if you massage talcom powder into leather ballet shoes it makes the leather a lot more soft and supple you should try it

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how to perfect your pirouttes

Posted by on Mar 17, 2007 in Tips | 4 comments

Before i was allowed to turn my teacher made stand in revele with one of my feet in reterie for 4 counts this really helps develop your balance .

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Changing pointe shoes, not only a matter of esthetics

Posted by on Dec 3, 2006 in Tips | 6 comments

You have bought your new pointe shoes only a few weeks ago, love them and would love to wear them forever, they are so comfortable ! They probably are not as clean as when you received them the first time. They have taken your feet morphology and are less and less supportive with weeks. This is absolutely normal ! Do you know that : During a ballet lesson, shoes support a 5 Tons – not far from 5 cars’ weight ! 80 % of Those 5000 kilograms are mainly supported by the end of the shoe, something like 4 square centimeters ! Those 4 square cm are the only contact area between the dancer and the floor ! Your beloved shoes "drink" about 2 moisture liters during a ballet lesson ! You pull a strength of about 100 kilograms each time you do a relevé to go from flat to en pointe ! The average life duration for a pair of pointe shoes (based on a weekly 1 to 3 hours ballet training) – ie. the time during which pointe shoes can be worn and used with the highest level of safety – is only 3 to 6 months. Not enough […]

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