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.
Super lightweight and easy to make in a variety of "flavors" these macaron cookies are a great prop to make during camp environments as no heat or water are needed in the preparation.
Model Magic clay - white (it took just under 1 lb of clay to make all the macarons shown)
Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
Most dance teacher's, choreographers and studio owners I know have experienced that time when you think of the perfect prop to add to your dance and really finish the whole look - and then you can't find something that would work. Your well meaning theatre friends give you a great list of options that they've used and sometimes they will work for dancers, but a lot of times our needs are unique. Items need to be secure, safe, visible and the weight is very often an important…Continue
Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:56am
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