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Reverence—Just Do It

Ballet Reverence

Ever taught a class or in a studio where the students haven’t been exposed to reverence? When you attempt to do that portion of class they react in a most awkward way. When they realize you expect them to applaud—oh my, the awkward level shoots through the roof. What is that about? I honestly have […]

Teach Young Students to Count Music

Counting Music

I am an advocate of instilling musicality in students, no matter the age or skill level. It is an integral part of ballet, therefore it deserves a place in training from the very start. But I don’t deny teaching young students to count music is a challenge. So challenging that I understand the choice not […]

Emotional Needs Within The Ballet Classroom

Emotional Needs of Dancers

Ballet dancers are artists and art reflects humanity. Therefore, ballet dancers must be highly in tune with their own humanity in order for their art to resonate. Most people drawn to pursuing the arts experience feelings in a profoundly deep way. The world around them seeps in and causes emotions to kind of firework about […]

Lessons in Ballet History

History of Ballet

I am thoroughly convinced there is never enough time in ballet class to teach everything we wish to teach. One year, I taught a three hour ballet class once a week to advanced dancers who were already taking many other ballet classes throughout the week. One would think in that scenario I would find three […]