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Ballet Turns – How to Do a Pirouette

How to pirouette is one of the most frustrating skills for a ballet dancer to master – especially multiple pirouettes. It’s true they require perfect balance and control – but the real reason they’re difficult is that most ballet students...

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Ballet Stretches

Many ballet dancers will be familiar with the scene – dance students congregating on the studio floor before class, with their legs in froggy position or in a side split. Other dancers may be standing with one leg up on...

Ballet Floor Barre Exercises

Barre exercises are the building blocks of ballet. But doing barre at home isn’t recommended by some teachers, because without them watching, it’s too easy for a student to get out of alignment. A floor barre workout is the perfect...

Your First Dance Performance

If you’re a typical ballet student, then you’ve been appearing in your school concerts since you were a tot – but there comes a point where the audience isn’t thinking “isn’t she cute?”any more, and you really have to start...

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Can I Make Dancing My Career?

Lisa asks: Can I make a full-time career in dance? My answer: If you’re very talented and very lucky, yes, perhaps.  But the vast majority of dancers have what we nowadays call a “blended career” – they don’t rely 100%...

Lesser Known Pointe Shoe Brands

As well as the big players like Bloch, Capezio and Grishko, there are many smaller point shoe makers around the world.   Here are just a few of them. Aloart is a beautifully-made Italian brand of pointe shoe.  They have four...

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