I just finished watching the first episode of Big Ballet, Ovation network’s newest mini-series which chronicles a former Royal Ballet dancer’s mission to stage Swan Lake using ballet dancers that are considered too large for the mainstream ballet world. I have to say: I’m hooked and can’t wait for the next episode!...more
I had these thoughts yesterday and I wish I had taken the time to write them down (instead I spent most of the day on my 8w2aHaHo project.)A very good dancer friend just shared this article about Free People and now I'm even more enraged then I was when I wrote my original "Beyond the Ballerina" post....more
If you haven’t seen this ad for Free People's Movement line, you should watch it. And if you aren’t deeply offended by it, let me tell you why you should be: It makes a mockery of ballet and those who have dedicated their lives to the art....more
When I was a kid, like so many little girls, I took ballet lessons. Every Saturday morning I packed up my pink ballet box, slipped on my leotard and trailed my mother downtown to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for class. I was the only black girl in the class but I didn’t care. More formidable was the ballet master barking instructions, making me jump as I moved tentatively across the polished floor. I don’t know that I was very good, but I do know that I loved to dance....more
At the dance school where I am currently teaching, as in most area dance schools, there is a performance at the end of every year that includes all the styles of dance we teach at the school. The ballet classes are a bit separate from the other classes in the performance, where as, all the ballet classes from Novice level on up are part of a story ballet. This is one my favorite things about teaching there.
After I present my thoughts and ideas to the studio director, I am given full control over my creativity....more
Christmas At A Country Dance School
Christmas is on the way. It is on the way everywhere! For us at L A Dance Academy it has been on its way since June. You see, many of the dancers and dedicated parents and all of the teachers, have been very busy, working hard, to produce a benefit Christmas show. A show to benefit the people of Edmeston and generally the surrounding area, to have just a little better Christmas....more
Assessing Dancers…the Knee
Normally at the beginning of the dance season the teacher makes a mental assessment of each the dancers in her class. This assessment helps the teacher to see what areas the dancers will need the most help in future classes. This pre assessment becomes the basis for the teacher’s mental image of the each dancer in the class....more
Plie - (plee-AY) Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees…..Oh but it is so much more.
The plie makes the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic and develops a sense of balance. At the beginning of class, during the barre exercises, plies accomplish so much for the dancer. They begin to warm up the joints of the feet, ankles, knees and hips. They help in the development of flexibility of the muscles in the lower body and bring an awareness of the turn-out in the hip sockets....more
Last month, I read a YA novel called Bunheads and discussed it briefly with my partner who mentioned that there was going to be a Bunheads TV show. I knew this, and whispered to myself, "created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (ASP)" -- and I'm pretty sure I sighed, too. Any Gilmore Girls (GG) fan will understand this....more
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