Pre Ballet Song

I think it’s super important that ballet students, at any level, learn the proper terminology. In the effort to ingrain some basic positions and steps in my pre ballet class, I’ve made up a little song that we sing and dance together. To my delight, the song does the trick! I’ve even had several parents […]

Tutu Anatomy

Look what I found on Pinterest! I’m not sure where it originates, but it’s such a great visual. I had to share.

Ballet Vocabulary Games

I don’t know about you, but some of my tween students have a big disconnect when it comes to ballet vocabulary. They often say things like, “that turn thingy.” Argh! It’s one of my biggest pet-peeves as a teacher. I can’t believe they’ve taking ballet for so many years and still trip over a simple […]

Dance Around The World – Campeche, Mexico

Campeche is a beautiful colonial city found in the Yucatan Peninsula. Its history is rich with tales of pirate invasions. Around the city center, the cobblestone streets are lined with sidewalks that rise to the store fronts. In some places the sidewalks are so high above the street that steps have been added. The concrete […]

Get Better Turnout

  Turnout! From your hip! Hold it! Turnout, Turnout… TURNOUT! Sound familiar? If you’re like me, you’ve tried just about every trick in the book to appear more turned out. Sadly, it seemed every trick had a consequence. The tricks would compromise my alignment, make my hips pop, cause my arches to roll inward, and […]