Effacé, effacée [eh-fa-SAY/]. Shaded. One of the directions of épaulement (body directions to classify the arms, head, shoulders, legs in relation to the audience) in which the dancer stands at … Continue reading Notes on Effacé
There comes a point for a lot of dancers who have to make the choice of homeschooling. Ballet is so time-consuming, so there has to be a “give and take”. … Continue reading Should You Homeschool?
It is that time of year again… as cliché as that line is, in ballet, we cycle through each season and either love or dread this time of year. The … Continue reading Christmas Comes Early…
It is no secret that between physics, anatomy, and kinesiology, that ballet technique has literally been perfected to a science. Now, dancers are pushing their bodies even harder, pushing it … Continue reading Is ballet getting too good too fast?
There are so many types of teachers out there, it is important that parents and students know what they are getting. After working across the United States and talking to … Continue reading What Makes a Good Ballet Teacher?
Issue 6 Featuring Tegan Chou 6 Issues 1 crazy year. When I started the magazine I was living in California, then Phoenix, and now issue six is published from Charleston. … Continue reading YEAR 1 … Done.
It has been a whirlwind… A very chaotic whirlwind to get to American National Ballet, but I am here. Things are moving so fast for being a new company. SOOO … Continue reading Days 1, 2 & 3 at ANB
On Friday night, at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, the ballet world came together to celebrate one man: Julio Bocca. Most nights at the ballet are great, but … Continue reading Honoring the legend, the man, the humble Julio Bocca.
In ballet, there is one position above all others. It is the dreaded, gorgeous and controversial placement known as arabesque. There are a million ways to approach and improve arabesque, but … Continue reading Notes on the Ideal Arabesque & Getting it Higher… part 1
Following up on Notes on First Position… Second position is the logical next position to learn, in fact, a lot of students will learn second position prior to first. There … Continue reading Notes on Second Position
a vacation… haha just kidding, no really they do, myself included… But who has time these days to go on vacation?
Now for the real post…
As a ballet teacher, I always find it hard to find good ballet music. Sure, there are a lot of great CDs out there, but sometimes the quality is not that great, the tracks aren’t long enough for longer combinations, the tempos don’t make a lot of sense, or they are just structured kind of funny
Wonderfully put together, the second issue is finally out featuring collected thoughts on summer programs, auditions, race and more! What can you expect out of this issue? 15 summer programs … Continue reading In This Issue… Issue 2
NOTES ON ATTITUDE DEVANT: THE TURNOUT POSITION In ballet, there are a million rules, but within these rules, there is flexibility based on pedagogy or approach. There are ways to … Continue reading NOTES ON ATTITUDE DEVANT: THE TURNOUT POSITION
Ballet Arizona, a company I named to watch two years ago, performed under the stars last night in Goodyear at a lakeside park. It was gorgeous. It rained that morning, … Continue reading Ballet Under The Stars: Ballet Arizona
…there was Catherine de’ Medici. Okay, so that might not be completely true because there were people before her to contribute to the development of ballet… But she can be … Continue reading In the Beginning…
By reputation, ballerinas are these willowy, elongated creatures that are unobtainable… That could pretty much sums up Elizabeth Weldon, a corps de ballet member at TV’s most popular ballet company, … Continue reading corps de ballet confessional: Elizabeth Weldon of Ballet West
There is nothing in the world… and I mean nothing… better than a really good, really clean, really technical petit allegro. Yup, it can turn any bad day into a … Continue reading Notes on Jetés… petit jetés… and awful petit allegro
Everything is beautiful at the ballet… Edward Kleban said it all in his lyrics for A Chorus Line… When we were younger something resonated with us and sparked the passion … Continue reading 5 reasons we fell in love with ballet
Happy Mother’s Day!!! (I’m posting early so I can spend this weekend with my mom *smiles*) And in honor of all of the ballet mom’s here is an old post … Continue reading Happy Early Mother’s Day…
I have been avoiding talking about anything at center as I am trying to focus on my book, BUT a lot of you have asked… a lot… So, when it … Continue reading Notes on Pirouettes… en dehors… part one