CRASH COURSE ON ROMANTIC BALLET ERA

Being a ballet teacher means sharing the history of this rich and foundationally essential dance genre. Whether you have beginner students or advanced, sharing the relevance of something like the Romantic Ballet era is essential to understanding ballet history and how it affected and shaped ballet from there on. Below is a brief overview, some basic information and class content to get you started and share with your ballet dancers. Hopefully it can also help inspire some lesson planning and curriculum development for the dance season ahead......

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5 PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES TO CONDITION DANCERS

Conditioning programs for dancers should be an essential part of any training program. Along with regular technique classes, “cross training” will help provide increased cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and endurance benefits. It will also increase core strength and muscle tone and will help dancers in all areas of their body awareness....

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MAKING DANCERS WITH LIMITED TECHNIQUE LOOK GOOD

It’s always inspirational as choreographers to walk into rehearsal and feel confident you have dancers who are both technically and artistically mature enough to handle the material you are about to give them. What excites us more is having those able bodies execute our vision as we see it and are limitless to the complexity of the movement we can give them.

On the flip side, as teachers and choreographers, we are also presented with dancers at times who are not as technically advanced, who are beginners or are at the studio for recreational purposes only. Yet, each dancer still deserves the same experience of having a dance set on them they feel good about performing and look forward to....

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IS SOLID TECHNIQUE ENOUGH ANYMORE?

Dance’s representation on T.V. has helped make great strides for the world of dance in terms of recognition and respect, without a doubt. It has allowed young dancers to see dreams realized as well as the hard work, dedication and rejection which goes along with the territory. While it has opened up dance for the greater community, there is a troubling, double edged sword which leaves little to be desired.

 It seems this little part of the dance world has people believing that if you are not well versed in tricks, acro and gymnastics, there is little to no room for you in the professional dance world anymore..........

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