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Advice for Starting Late in Ballet

Advice for Starting Late in Ballet 46 Comments

Being a teen or adult starting ballet is difficult. This guide contains valuable tips about the ballet world for all late starters.
How to Build A Dance Studio at Home

How to Build A Dance Studio at Home 33 Comments

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 Best Leotard for Your Body

The Best Leotard for Your Body 20 Comments

Choosing a leotard for ballet can be tough stuff. Learn the best leos for your body type in this guide, whether you have short legs or broad shoulders!
Advice for Your First Pointe Shoes

Advice for Your First Pointe Shoes 18 Comments

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 Be Ready for Pointe

How to Be Ready for Pointe 12 Comments

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!
How to Improve Extension in Ballet

How to Improve Extension in Ballet 11 Comments

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.
Types of Ballerinas

Types of Ballerinas 10 Comments

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!
Advice for Tall Ballet Dancers

Advice for Tall Ballet Dancers 10 Comments

Tall dancers have unique strengths, as well as particular challenges. This guide will help you to maximize your potential as a statuesque dancer.
Mime Meanings in Ballet

Mime Meanings in Ballet 9 Comments

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 Get a 180 Degree Penche

How to Get a 180 Degree Penche 7 Comments

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 Strengthen Feet & Ankles

How to Strengthen Feet & Ankles 6 Comments

Whether your ankles are super stiff or beautifully bendy, strengthening them will improve your ballet technique a ton. Learn how with these simple at-home exercises!
Tips to Improve Arabesques

Tips to Improve Arabesques 5 Comments

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 Make a Bun for Ballet

How to Make a Bun for Ballet 5 Comments

Getting ready for ballet is a tough ordeal. Learn how to make your hair cooperate with this guide on making the perfect bun!
How to Do Basic Lifts for Pas de Deux

How to Do Basic Lifts for Pas de Deux 4 Comments

Want to make your ballet extra special? Learn the bare basics of three pas lifts: fish dives, shoulder sits, and supported grande jetes. Wow the audience with simple pas!
Common Foot Problems in Ballet

Common Foot Problems in Ballet 4 Comments

Any ballet dancer knows that foot problems are never far out of sight. Learn about common foot issues from blisters to bunions and how to combat them with this guide!
How to Place Hands in Ballet

How to Place Hands in Ballet 3 Comments

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.
Traits of Successful Dancers

Traits of Successful Dancers 3 Comments

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 Stretch at Home

How to Stretch at Home 3 Comments

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!
Uses for Dead Pointe Shoes in Ballet

Uses for Dead Pointe Shoes in Ballet 3 Comments

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 Point Your Foot in Ballet

How to Point Your Foot in Ballet 3 Comments

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.
How to Choose a Toe Pad for Ballet

How to Choose a Toe Pad for Ballet 3 Comments

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 Watch & Appreciate Ballet

How to Watch & Appreciate Ballet 2 Comments

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!
How to Break in Pointe Shoes

How to Break in Pointe Shoes 2 Comments

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).
How to Prepare for a Show

How to Prepare for a Show 2 Comments

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!
Nutrition for Dancers

Nutrition for Dancers 2 Comments

Ballet is rigorous in both its physical requirements and the energy it takes to do. Learn how to eat right and stay healthy with this guide on nutrition for dancers!
Pas de Deux Tips for Girls

Pas de Deux Tips for Girls 2 Comments

One of the biggest parts of ballet, pas de deux can be tough. Learn the basics with handy and simple tips listed in this guide, written especially with girls in mind!
Myths About Ballet

Myths About Ballet 2 Comments

Whether you're in ballet or totally new to it, this guide covers all of the basic myths; from ballet being only for girls or the elderly, read why they're false!
Pointe Shoe Modifiers

Pointe Shoe Modifiers 2 Comments

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!
A Ballet Dancer's Guide to Stretching the Hamstrings

A Ballet Dancer's Guide to Stretching the Hamstrings 2 Comments

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 Pirouettes

Tips for Pirouettes 1 Comment

Pirouettes look great in every ballet. If you're struggling to get turning, read up and learn how arms, eyes, and core muscles can take you from standing to spinning top!
Massage Techniques for Ballet

Massage Techniques for Ballet 1 Comment

Ballet can make you super sore. This guide shows you how to release muscle tension by yourself or with a partner using simple and easy massage techniques.
Ballet Stretches & Exercises for Sore Spots

Ballet Stretches & Exercises for Sore Spots 1 Comment

Ballet hurts. Learn to ease sore spots and tender muscles with simple exercises for seven parts of the body, from shin to shoulder and in between!
Core Muscles in Ballet

Core Muscles in Ballet 1 Comment

This ballet guide will break down for you what muscles make up your core, what they do, and how to use them effectively while you dance!
Strengthening the Upper Body in Ballet

Strengthening the Upper Body in Ballet 1 Comment

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.
The Major Methods of Ballet

The Major Methods of Ballet 1 Comment

Learn about Cecchetti, Vaganova, Balanchine, Bournonville, and more with this guide to all the major methods of learning classical ballet!
A Guide to Ballet After High School

A Guide to Ballet After High School 1 Comment

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 Balance Ballet & School

How to Balance Ballet & School 1 Comment

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 Breathe in Ballet

How to Breathe in Ballet 1 Comment

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 Memorize Ballet Barre Combinations

How to Memorize Ballet Barre Combinations 1 Comment

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.
Ballet Competition Rules & Regulations

Ballet Competition Rules & Regulations 1 Comment

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.
How to Start Ballet as an Adult

How to Start Ballet as an Adult 1 Comment

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

How to Jump in Ballet 1 Comment

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 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 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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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