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Why “Changing It Up” May Not Always Be Best

Why Not to Change it Up

                One might think that the best way to keep a group of active, eager and talkative 9 year-olds’ attention would be to make things different each week of ballet class. That way they stay engaged and interested. Ruth Brinkerhoff’s “Classical Ballet 1 (Ages 8-12)” curriculum book suggests the opposite […]

The Triangle of the Foot

Triangle of the Foot

“Don’t roll your feet! Keep your arches lifted!” I’ve received the correction myself, but I’ve not been able to find a good way to explain it to my younger, beginner/intermediate students. Ruth Brinkerhoff’s “Pointe 1: An Introduction to Pointe Work” reveals a really good way to explain it. Imagine that each of your feet have three […]