THE BEST OF THE BEST… TOP BALLET SCHOOLS OF 2017

I see London, I see France, where is the best education for dance? It is that time of year again as young hopeful ballet students decide where to go train … Continue reading THE BEST OF THE BEST… TOP BALLET SCHOOLS OF 2017

Notes on Jetés… petit jetés… and awful petit allegro

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

5 reasons we fell in love with ballet

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

Notes On: Getting Extension… to the side…

Extensions in ballet are everything… Well extensions are also everything on social media, but social media is a whole different post. But extensions in ballet… truly are everything… It is … Continue reading Notes On: Getting Extension… to the side…

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 … Continue reading LET ME BE A SWAN… any swan… company contracts

The Corps de Ballet Confessional…

You were the best one at your local school, and then you went to a professional school, and you basically kicked ass. Teachers fawned over you. You excelled in the … Continue reading The Corps de Ballet Confessional…

A Night at the Ballet….

Saturday, February 20th at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Ballet world premiered Coleen Neary’s and Thordal Christensen’s Don Quixote. While the entire world seems to be doing Don Q this month, Los Angeles Ballet tackled this three-act ballet for their 10th season. The audience was filled, and there were very few seats left open in the house. Not that it was important but wearing Dolce never hurt anyone either. Which makes up for the 91 freeway being closed and because of traffic it took almost 3 hours to get there… But anyways…. Let us talk about a night at the ballet…

BREAST REDUCTIONS FOR BALLET GIRLS…

How big is too big? How much would you do for your son or daughter? Recently something came up that isn’t necessarily rare in ballet, but it is definitely something … Continue reading BREAST REDUCTIONS FOR BALLET GIRLS…

5 Things to Be Thankful For…

Thanksgiving is a time for Americans to sit back, relax, surround themselves with family and friends and reflect on the past year. Over pumpkin pie and spiked apple cider, we … Continue reading 5 Things to Be Thankful For…

Nutcracker Tee 1: SNOW SCENE SELFIE

It always amused me watching the girls come back downstairs to the dressing room after snow scene in Nutcracker… Their lip gloss would catch all of the nasty paper/plastic/glitter snow… … Continue reading Nutcracker Tee 1: SNOW SCENE SELFIE

Not Bad.

After two hip surgeries, and not dancing in like 5 years, and gaining like 20 pounds… Exploring Arabesque on the beach while storming… On another note, I hope you had … Continue reading Not Bad.

ONE YEAR: a Ballet Education

I can’t believe this blog has survived a year. Ballet at a glance in a year: Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera became the first of their respective ethnicities to ever … Continue reading ONE YEAR: a Ballet Education

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner: the TOP TEN BALLET SCHOOLS of 2015

Winner, winner chicken dinner. The list is in. The TOP TEN Ballet Schools of 2015. There is always a great debate when it comes to rankings. Rankings for anything really … Continue reading Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner: the TOP TEN BALLET SCHOOLS of 2015

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MAY 15

ABT’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY! CLICK THE LINK BELOW… GORGEOUS VIDEO!!! YOU MIGHT DIE!!! http://www.wsj.com/video/exclusive-clip-american-ballet-theatre-a-history/52FAA9EA-5642-4E18-AECF-B7E52B56D45A.html PBS will be adding American Ballet Theatre to their American Masters series! Take a look at 75 … Continue reading MARK YOUR CALENDAR: MAY 15

So, Your Professional Dance Career Didn’t Work Out – Now What?

By Susie Boyland, contributor After all the years of training you put in, becoming a professional dancer didn’t work out, and now you have no idea what to do. Living … Continue reading So, Your Professional Dance Career Didn’t Work Out – Now What?