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Ballet Basics: 5 Positions Children Can Practice at Home

Ballet Basics: 5 Positions Children Can Practice at Home

There's no single "right" way to learn ballet for beginners, but it's always helpful to approach the barre with a basic understanding of its style and positions. No matter what genre your dance instructor teaches, the following fundamentals will always be on the curriculum. From Italy's Cecchetti Method to the cross-genre techniques of contemporary American ballet, these basic positions keep dancers of every level in perfect form. Port de Bras Basics Long before you learn complicated footwor … Read More

Ballet Basics: 5 Positions Children Can Practice at Home
There's no single "right" way to learn ballet for beginners, but it's always helpful to approach the barre with a basic understanding of its style and positions. No matter what genre your dance instructor teaches, the following fundamentals will always be on the curriculum. From Italy's Cecchetti Method to the cross-genre techniques of contemporary American ballet, these basic positions keep dancers of every level in perfect form. Port de Bras Basics Long before you learn complicated footwor
7 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About the Nutcracker Ballet
Every December, productions of The Nutcracker ballet add to the festivities and joy of the holiday season. You are probably already familiar with the story of a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker on Christmas Eve, but there are a few fun facts most people don't know about The Nutcracker. 1. In Germany, there is a folklore tradition based on the idea that nutcrackers protect your family and bring your home good luck. For this reason, nutcrackers were often given to children at Christ
Acting Tips: What's in your Toolbox?
As with any profession, actors have tools. Just as a doctor needs a stethoscope or a fireman needs a hose, there are certain items an actor must keep in their toolbox. I usually start classes or lessons by asking my new students or clients what they think these tools might be. Sometimes, the answer is very literal ("Script!"), and other times abstract ("Passion!"). None of these is a wrong answer. Being an actor or artist is subjective and everyone's process is different and valid. But th
Which Type of Dance is For You?
As technology brings the world's cultures together and choreographers continue to push the creative envelope, there are more types of dance classes than ever before. Don't let all these options overwhelm you, but don't limit yourself to stereotypes either! There are many different types of dance, but the fundamentals are often very similar. Read on to learn about each genre, and find out if any seem compatible with your personality and interests. Ballet Graceful, precise, and gentle: if th
Can You Really Learn Contemporary Dance Online?
Contemporary dance is the most expressive and subjective dance form, making it more accessible to outsiders and helpful as a supplement to other dance training. Contemporary choreography techniques help dancers harness the energy and emotion of their own bodies, resulting in a more fluid and organic form of movement that can appear effortless and completely improvised to the casual observer. You have a lot of options when it comes to learning, practicing, and performing modern dance. And with t

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