New Company? New Idea? New Project?

When I started a Ballet Education, it was just a blog where I vented about ballet politics… It became a success overnight, but then it evolved. Somehow it evolved into technique, FAQs, and social commentaries about ballet… Then it evolved into my doodles, and through my doodles,  I have been able to help individual ballet …

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A Deep Sincere Apology

A Ballet Education has huge things going on right now and it is causing a lot of confusion and frustration with a lot of you… Additionally, there has been a lot of confusion in general… A Ballet Education’s store has been slowly being moved from our current host and moved onto the millennial artists powerhouse …

Doodle Book…

So it is official, my first doodle book went to print today. 144 pages of doodles… Very exciting! What is the doodle book? A collection of all of my doodles, and some ones you have not seen from this spring. Proceeds from this book go to the scholarship fund for summer program students… I currently have …

LET ME BE A SWAN… any swan… company contracts

      The waiting game… From January until May, sometimes even longer, dancers ages 17ish-22ish wait anxiously for the ultimate business goal: A CONTRACT. For some dancers, there is an additional layer of stress; they are waiting for their college acceptances as their backup plans. It is a scary moment. Usually, these dancers are …

Every Fifth Has A Story

Tonight, I was cleaning out a bunch of stuff at work, and then stumbled across a memory card that was never uploaded.  If you don’t know about shooting medium format, here is a little info.  Medium formats create huge files, and so it is always best to shoot tethered.  Because I work in fashion, we …

Ballet 100…

In college… You have English 101… and if you went to community college you might start in a lower level class like English 100, and there is nothing wrong with that… Ballet should offer courses for parents…. So, if you didn’t realize how all encompassing ballet is… Well, for those of you who aren’t ready …

JKO SCHOOL

There really is no secret formula to decide what ballet school is better. You have to remember that my top ten ballet schools was a reflection of history, careers, and outstanding teachers… A lot of people have written in on why I don’t talk about the JKO school, so here I am talking about the …

Company Profile: Ballet Austin

Ballet Austin,  http://www.balletaustin.org Location: Downtown Austin Texas, The Butler Dance Education Center 501 West 3rd Street Austin, TX  78701 Artistic Director: Stephen Mills Current Season: 5 playbills including the Fire Bird, The Nutcracker, Belle Redux/ A Tale of Beauty and the Beast, Director’s Choice, Swan Lake Theatre Residence: None, but performs at the Long Center Dancers Hired: 21, Ballet Austin also has a …

Let the boy dance

His face was pressed against in the glass, Fingers spread wide, tapping to the muffled sound of the music. His mind was racing back and forth between reality, and fantasy. Finally, the door opened and the teacher asked, “Do you want to come in?” Looking for his mom’s approval, she nodded. He rushed in. And …

What is Good Ballet?

What is “good” ballet? I have been asked this a lot… and frankly I was avoiding this conversation as it is super subjective. It is like asking, “What is good art?” There isn’t a definitive answer, which is why I try to explain my opinion. First, we have to go over the context in which good …

21 Year-Round Programs

By now, summer intensives have rounded out their invitations to their year round programs. Now, dozens of hopeful ballet dancers are joining the most elite schools around the world. For those who weren’t asked to stay for the year, the stress sets in about what to do next season. You start to wonder, “Are you are ready to year round, if you are good enough, or if you were prepared?” Yup, all these questions are rambling through our heads causing stress. Parents are thinking or starting to doubt choices from last year, and now the new season is upon us. It also doesn’t help YAGP registration just opened and it seems that half of the venues filled up in three days. Yes, the stress of ballet sets in again. What we thought was a summer break now seems to have disappeared and year-round contracts are due again, Nutcracker auditions are around the corner, and you still don’t have a clear plan. Don’t fret. If you are looking to join a school, here are 20 places to train at this year. Each school offers exceptional training, guidance, and is structured towards a professional career in ballet. These schools are NOT affiliated to a company, but offer amazing training.