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How Ballet Helped me with Public Speaking

How Ballet Helped me with Public Speaking

What does public speaking and ballet have in common? Turns out… a lot. (pun intended) Both are performing art forms: ballet dancers tell stories through movement and public speakers tell stories through words. There are 3 main things I learned in ballet that translated to public speaking. I was able to use the tools I learned in ballet at The World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday and placed 3rd place out of the 32,000 contestants from over 70 countries. I joined Toastmasters 4 years ago to improve my public speaking skills and noticed right away that my years of...

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Dos and Don’ts For Your First Pointe Shoes

Dos and Don’ts For Your First Pointe Shoes

Going en pointe for the first time is one of the most exciting times in a dancer’s career. But it can also be confusing without proper guidance. We want to make sure you are off on the right track and set you up for success. DO get approval from a professional. Going en pointe can be dangerous and dancers must display proper technique as well as strength and maturity in order to handle the rigorous work load ahead. Getting approval from your ballet teacher is sufficient, but getting approval from a doctor is also recommended. While there is no specific...

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Summer Intensive for You

5 Things to Consider When Choosing the Right Summer Intensive for You

By now, you finished most of your auditions and have heard back from most of your programs. Some of you know exactly where you want to go. But many of you are still not sure which program is best for you. Here are some things to consider to narrow down your choices: Consider location: Going out-of-state for an intensive can be intimidating for dancers and parents. Make sure you are comfortable going away especially because most programs only allow a limited amount of contact with parents. A couple things to consider in choosing a location are: Housing: Some programs offer...

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5 Dangerous Mistakes Ballet Dancers Make

Ballet dancers may suffer more injuries than any other athlete. As Professional Fitters, we see a lot of mistakes dancers make that contribute to injuries. Here are the 5 most common mistakes you may be making: Curling toes: We see a ton of dancers who curl their toes in tendu in our initial bare feet assessment. This is something you may be getting away in ballet class because it’s hard to tell your curling your toes in ballet slippers. Dancers not only need to use muscles in their lower legs to dance en pointe, we need to use the small...

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What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

What Is The Best Pointe Shoe Brand?

What is the best pointe shoe brand? I get this question quite a bit from dancers and parents. And the answer is... Depends. It depends on the dancer, the feet, the strength, the flexibility, the skill level, the weight, the shape, the length and so many other factors. Although certain brands and models are more popular and generally better quality than others, there is no single brand that encompasses every type of foot. Just like there is no single shoe for beginners or professionals. This is why you shouldn't be limiting yourself to one brand. We have dancers that come...

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