“You don’t point your feet. You lengthen them to the end of the extremity. It is not static. You need the energy flow.” The Pointe Book: Shoes, Training, Technique – by Janice Barringer and Sarah Schleßinger.
I used to think it was not possible for adults to learn to dance on pointes (or do the splits!), unless they had already practised it extensively as kids. I was also convinced that if I WERE to attempt to learn it, not only would it not work out, I would also be sure to… Read More To the Pointe
I would like to dedicate this blog post to Dance4Children and the amazing work they do, as well as to my learnings at D4Cs Bootcamp4Children weekend this July. What (and who?) is Dance4Children? D4C is my favourite charity team, founded by a group of gorgeous, brilliant and warm-hearted dancers from Belgium. Coralie, Lou, and Tamy… Read More Moving for Charity – Bootcamp4Children
In a typical ballet class, exercises for different technique aspects are taught in a pre-set sequence, each one practised in the form of a mini-combination to music, repeated right and left. No matter the level of the class, the order of the exercises (see below) remains the same. For beginner classes the exercises are kept… Read More Ballet Class Structure
Making the most out of your practice sessions – even when time is short! – is a theme I often receive questions about. Here are my favourite tips for working as effectively as possible at home, with or without practice videos and DVDs, as well as on how to get the most out of your… Read More Practice Tips