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How to Jump in Ballet

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It’s not easy to make jumps look effortless in ballet. Learn the foundation of a good jump — from plie to positions — by reading this guide!
How to Start Ballet as an Adult

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Starting ballet as an adult is difficult. This guide contains some advice on starting ballet after childhood, from apparel to school selection.
Advice for Starting Late in Ballet

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Being a teen or adult starting ballet is difficult. This guide contains valuable tips about the ballet world for all late starters.
Dimensions of a Ballet Theater

Dimensions of a Ballet Theater

Read this guide to find out the exact specifications of a ballet theater.
Ballet Competition Rules & Regulations

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Ballet is not often a competitive sport, but there are about ten major competitive events for ballet dancers. Learn the regulations for each event here.
History of Ballet

History of Ballet

The evolution of ballet, from its beginnings in Renaissance Italy to the global art it is today, is a long and continuing story. Learn about it in this guide.
Ballet Glossary

Ballet Glossary

Check out this Ballet glossary to find the sport-specific definitions for which you have been looking. From A to Z, we've got all the words covered.
A Ballet Dancer's Guide to Stretching the Hamstrings

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Long hamstrings are an essential asset for every ballet dancer. This guide will give you specific stretches to create longer lines while dancing.
Tips for Ballet Performance Anxiety

Tips for Ballet Performance Anxiety

Pre-performance jitters can affect dancers at all levels. This ballet guide offers some useful tactics to help calm your nerves both before and during a show.
Spatial Awareness in Ballet Class

Spatial Awareness in Ballet Class

Spatial awareness is an important skill in ballet, especially during class. Read this guide to learn how to dance to your potential without colliding into classmates.
How to Memorize Ballet Barre Combinations

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Remembering what comes next at the barre can be challenging. This guide will help you to pick up and retain combinations so you can focus on your technique.
Advice for Tall Ballet Dancers

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Tall dancers have unique strengths, as well as particular challenges. This guide will help you to maximize your potential as a statuesque dancer.
How to Choose a Toe Pad for Ballet

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There are many options for protecting your feet while dancing en pointe. To keep you on your toes, this guide will describe the pros and cons of different toe pads.
How to Breathe in Ballet

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Breathing properly in ballet can take your dancing to the next level. This guide will help you bring awareness and control to your breathing both on and off the stage.
How to Choose a Ballet School

How to Choose a Ballet School

The school at which you train determines the type of ballet dancer you will become. Read this guide for tips on choosing a learning environment that suits your goals.
How to Point Your Foot in Ballet

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A properly pointed foot is one of the most important elements of ballet. Here are some valuable tips to keep your feet strong and beautiful while dancing.
Advice for Your First Pointe Shoes

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Going en pointe is both exciting and scary for most ballet dancers. Learn what to do — and what not to do — in this guide to owning your first pointe shoes!
How to Find a Ballet Summer Intensive

How to Find a Ballet Summer Intensive

The summer intensive has become a vital part of ballet. This guide will detail some general advice for choosing and applying to a summer intensive.
How to Balance Ballet & School

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Are you struggling to balance school with ballet? Learn some tips and tricks for leading two lives in this guide for ballerinas of all ages!
How to Dress for Ballet

How to Dress for Ballet

Getting dressed and ready for ballet can be a big deal! Read these simple dos and don’ts on all things ballet-wear.
Uses for Dead Pointe Shoes in Ballet

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Have no clue what to do with your worn out pointes? Put them to work at home or in the studio with ideas from this guide -- no matter what shape they're in!
How to Make a Bun for Ballet

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Getting ready for ballet is a tough ordeal. Learn how to make your hair cooperate with this guide on making the perfect bun!
A Guide to Ballet After High School

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Not sure about your post-high school ballet career? Learn your options in this guide for teenage dancers! From dance majors to going pro and everything in between.
How to Be Ready for Pointe

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Every ballerina wants pointe shoes as fast as she can get them. Learn what's required in your technique, body, and mind for pointe with this guide!
Pointe Shoe Modifiers

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Finding the perfect pointe shoes is not easy. Learn how to make your favorite pair go the extra mile with this guide to modifying your pointe shoes!
How to Talk to Your Teacher

How to Talk to Your Teacher

No matter what your concerns are, talking to your ballet teacher can be intimidating. Learn how to handle it with this guide for dancers of all levels and ages!
How to Make a Great Audition Tape

How to Make a Great Audition Tape

Whether you're auditioning for companies, schools, or summer intensives, this guide gives you all the basics on making a great audition video!
How to Stretch at Home

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It's tough to get the flexibility ballet requires out of class alone. Learn how to stretch effectively at home with this guide on all things flexible!
How to Support Your Dancer

How to Support Your Dancer

Being a family member or friend of a dancer can be tough work. Learn how to make the most of it with this guide to supporting a dancer you love!
How to Watch & Appreciate Ballet

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Whether you're a dancer looking to involve others or a parent trying to cope with a life in ballet, this guide to appreciating the art explains the ins and outs!
The Major Methods of Ballet

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Learn about Cecchetti, Vaganova, Balanchine, Bournonville, and more with this guide to all the major methods of learning classical ballet!
How to Use Self Filming for Ballet

How to Use Self Filming for Ballet

Whether you use a cell phone or camcorder, seeing yourself dance can be very helpful! Learn how to make the most of technology and benefit your technique with this guide!
Traits of Successful Dancers

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Learn how ballet students become ballet professionals with this guide to traits of successful dancers. From ambition to knowledge, read up on what you should be doing!
How to Improve Stage Presence

How to Improve Stage Presence

Appearing beautiful and artistically gifted on stage isn’t easy. Learn some tips and tricks for making the most drama on stage with this guide on presence!
How to Get a 180 Degree Penche

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The penché is a beautiful staple of ballet, from classical to contemporary. Learn to achieve a perfect 180 degree line with these tips on stretching and technique!
How to Place Hands in Ballet

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Hands play a big role in ballet. This guide will cover the different ways of positioning your fingers and how to always have elegant looking hands.
How to Break in Pointe Shoes

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Looking for ways to make new pointe shoes feel less like concrete blocks? Learn how with this guide that explains all the methods of breaking in shoes (and what they do).
Strengthening for Ballet

Strengthening for Ballet

Need to work on stabilizing those loose ballet joints? Learn how to do it at home with these easy to follow strengthening exercises designed solely for dancers.
How to Build A Dance Studio at Home

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Want to work on technique at home? Learn the most cost efficient ways to have a fully equipped ballet studio in the comfort of your very own bedroom with this guide!
The Positions of Ballet

The Positions of Ballet

New to ballet and wondering what the positions are? Learn first through fifth (and one bonus position) with this simple guide for ballet beginners!
How to Be a Good Corps Dancer

How to Be a Good Corps Dancer

Didn't get the lead role and feeling helpless being stuck in the corps? Learn to make the most of it, mentally and physically, with this guide for the corps de ballet!
Tips to Improve Arabesques

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Struggle with arabesques? Figure out a perfect line with exercises to do at home as well as on the barre; soon enough you'll have a great 150 degree arabesque!
How to Get a Good Plie

How to Get a Good Plie

The plie is the foundation of all movements in ballet, from jump to turn to adagio. Learn how to make the most of yours with this guide--from spine to feet!
Tips for Petit Allegro

Tips for Petit Allegro

Struggling with batterie and petit allegro in class? Check out these simple tips that can improve the height and clarity of your jumps with this guide!
Types of Ballerinas

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What type of ballerina are you? The jumper who wows the audience, or the lyrical adagio ballerina who captures the hearts of all who watch her? Find out with this guide!
How to Improve Extension in Ballet

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If you're struggling with getting your legs up to Zakharova's height in ballet class, fear not! Check out this guide for simple exercises to improve your extension.
Strengthening the Upper Body in Ballet

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Getting strong, yet delicate looking arms can be tough for aspiring ballet dancers. But fear not! Check out this guide for simple exercises you can do at home.
Mime Meanings in Ballet

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Ever wondered what hand gestures mean in ballet? Learn the full vocabulary with this layman's guide to the classical mime techniques used in classical ballets.
How to Prepare for a Show

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Getting ready for your next ballet? Ease your fears with a battle plan, covering everything from what to eat the day before to when to warm-up--get ready for the curtain!
Tips for a Manege

Tips for a Manege

Maneges--giant circles around the stage--are tough! Learn how to spot effectively and use your eyes, arms, and feet to focus your circle around the stage no matter what!
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