Take a peek into the Gretchen Ross Production Center for the National Ballet of Canada. Your tour guide is Gord Graham, Construction supervisor.…Continue
Started Feb 17, 2011
After you've decided a dancer is ready to progress to pointe shoes, here are some suggestions for finding them the best shoes for their first pair. First try to find a shop with a good selection of…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Anekia Boatwright-McGhee Feb 16, 2011.
One of the problems I see a lot with my students is the inability to understand when they are "sitting in their hip", or if they do realize it, they aren't sure how to correct it. For a lot of dancers, sitting in the supporting side hip happens when they are concentrating on a combination, fatigued, or trying to keep their hips square (but trying the wrong thing).
If students develop a strong supporting side and are working on it consistently, muscle memory will often kick in to help…Continue
Posted on September 10, 2017 at 4:00pm
In the summer, i'm often fortunate to have some small classes with students who are open minded about exploring a dance concept throughout a class and in one of these the focus that evolved was about the concept of the supporting leg and how active it really is when used correctly. Over a couple of blog posts, I'm going to give some of the exercises I used to help students connect with their standing sides during class.
This series of exercises is done on a foam roller. The…Continue
Posted on September 6, 2017 at 4:11pm
I'm not a huge fan of the taste of coffee, so it really surprised me that I liked the coffee drink that came in one of my juice cleanse orders. If you are a coffee lover, you might find that you want a stronger coffee flavor in this smoothie. At the ridiculous prices (and often scary nutritional info) of getting coffee out, I played around with making mine.
The recipe comes in 2 parts - making the cold brew coffee and then making the smoothie itself. It's written out for a quantity…Continue
Posted on August 20, 2017 at 9:30am
Recently, at a large dance teacher's convention, I was fortunate enough to have time off from teaching to both take classes from other teachers and to observe dancers and teachers in class. One thing that struck me was the lack of focus on proper alignment in starting positions. While these often subtle differences don't usually cause an injury, they do set the body up for less than optimal movement - why would we want to prepare our students for class this way?
Since many warm ups…Continue
Posted on August 16, 2017 at 12:37am