Stick to dancing in the kitchen

First position: Plié, two, three, four; relevé, two, three, four; ...more

The Beach, the Bay and Blue Crabs

Long ago when I was a ballerina in Virginia, the ocean was never far away. After the ends of performance runs, when we had a short lay-off, we would spend days by the ocean or the Bay playing in the water, relaxing at the sea's edge and dancing in the sand.  This time signaled a short re-load, a refresh, a reset.  The days seemed long and glorious and there was no schedule. After the sun started to wane, a cook-out would inevitably ensue and the fun would carry-on.  After a few days we would go back to work, but sun drenched and ready for the next ballet....more

Big Hopes for 'Big Ballet'

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

The Free People Re-Vamp: I'm not buying it

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

Beyond the Ballerina: The Free People Ad Controversy

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
Felix and Victor  I agree that what she is doing is very dangerous.  I strongly believe that any ...more

Easy way to transport a dance recital costume

An idea submitted by Tracy of Zionsville, IndianaHere’s a great way to transport costumes to your dancer’s recital!...more

Dance Theatre of Harlem and Why Ballet Isn't Just for White Girls

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
@GloriaMalone So glad to hear from you!  I love that your daughter is pursuing something she ...more

Creating A Story Ballet

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

Chistmas At A Country Dance School

  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 the Dancer - The Knee

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