New Year New Challenge

By | January 8th, 2018|Ballet, Inspirational|

I think it is a perefectly natural human reaction when a year is drawing to a close: we reflect on what is past - usually with a little regret and definitely some relief - but we also look forward in [...]

The Anatomy of a Pointe Shoe & How it should Fit

By | October 25th, 2017|Ballet|

Now that you know all about the humble beginnings of the pointe shoe... and a few hundred years of perfecting shape and fit have passed, let's take a look at the anatomy of the pointe shoe, the various manufacturers and what [...]

The Evolution of the Pointe Shoe – from Marie to Misty

By | October 11th, 2017|Ballet, History|

Ask any Ballerina of any age or stage of dancing what it is she wants to do most, the answer will be "dance on Pointe". But what is the point and how did it all start?   Lithograph of [...]

Why an Adult Dancer Should Do Exams and Shows

By | August 31st, 2017|Ballet, Inspirational|

Many Adult dancers return to the ballet studio with trepidation. Their childhood memories of ballet (or any form of dance) are clouded by the scathing remarks and dream destroying comments made thoughtlessly by a teacher.  Alot of the students who [...]

Practice Makes Perfect

By | July 18th, 2017|Ballet, Technique|

An adult ballet dancer faces many challenges:juggling work and family schedules to coincide with class times; sometimes University exams and sick children prevent the adult dancer making it to class or other engagements result in missed classes. And then there's [...]

The Core of the Matter

By | June 20th, 2017|Ballet|

A week or two ago the question "Which is a ballerina's strongest muscle?" was raised in class. After a brief discussion, it was unanimously decided: her core. And that is probably the area that is generally left behind in favour [...]

Tips on Dancing Warm in the Winter Chill

By | May 22nd, 2017|Ballet|

In the Southern Hemisphere temperatures are dropping, and some days dipping to single digits, as winter creeps in. This chill factor makes going to class challenging - especially early mornings and evenings - and this is usually dance time for most [...]

Why must I wear a leotard and tights?

By | April 18th, 2017|Ballet|

Once you have made the decision to start your career as an adult ballet dancer, the second most daunting task is to buy a leotard, pink ballet tights and ballet pumps. Now the ballet pumps hold no threat and the [...]

Why do ballet as an Adult?

By | April 4th, 2017|Ballet|

This is a question I often hear when I tell people that I teach adult Ballet. Why? My response: Why Not? Who said ballet is restricted to cute blonde 4 year olds in tiny pink leotards and pseudo-tutus?(Although I believe [...]

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