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…

You Know it’s Nutcracker Season when…

Between the holiday Starbucks cup fiasco and preparing for Black Friday sales, the ballet world is faced with our dreaded but magical annual tradition of The Nutcracker. Every year around … Continue reading You Know it’s Nutcracker Season when…

The Guide To Pointe Work

The Guide to Pointe Work is a short, to the point, and informative booklet about pointe technique. Everything from pointe shoes to ribbons, fit, and how to’s, the Guide to … Continue reading The Guide To Pointe Work

Everybody is talking about ballet, but are we talking about the right thing?

I’ve talked about ethnicity before, but now I am going to talk about it even more. Most of you probably won’t like what I have to say, so here is my … Continue reading Everybody is talking about ballet, but are we talking about the right thing?

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

ABT is campaigning hard… too hard…

It isn’t a surprise that ABT has been campaigning hard for their 75th anniversary… but for Pointe magazine to have back to back ABT covers…. kind of fishy… I love … Continue reading ABT is campaigning hard… too hard…

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, … Continue reading Every Fifth Has A Story

5 Variations To Stay Away From…

The Academy Awards have the craziest rules… It judges an entire acting performance for excellence, achievement and the craft. Unfortunately, in ballet we don’t really have that… We have the … Continue reading 5 Variations To Stay Away From…

5 things your teachers will never tell you… and they should

If you are ages 11+ and you are training in ballet, like seriously training… Not like the, I dance ballet twice a week, supplemented with 4 jazz classes, leaps and … Continue reading 5 things your teachers will never tell you… and they should

5 Ballet Techniques that make me melt

In today’s world of dance we applaud ridiculous extension, turns that never end, and jumps that defy gravity. Or, we celebrate mediocrity. Either way, it doesn’t do it for me. … Continue reading 5 Ballet Techniques that make me melt

A Ballet Education…

I haven’t posted in a month because I have been extremely busy, and sooner or later you might all find out that I am actually trying to syndicate or sell this blog. I have actually had a few people approach me in purchasing it from me… And well, it is tempting. Lately, I haven’t been able to sit down and really devote anytime to the blog, nor have I been inspired. So officially, A Ballet Education is on hiatus and for sale. Please contact aballeteducation@gmail.com for inquiries.

You know you trained Balanchine… pt Deux… You know you have danced Balanchine if…

We have all heard famous stories, infamous quotes, or my personal favorite, “Balanchine Said…” or “Balanchine told me…” For some ballet dancers, they are lucky enough to dance at the School … Continue reading You know you trained Balanchine… pt Deux… You know you have danced Balanchine if…