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Working Toward Excellence in Classical Ballet

Working Toward Ballet Excellence

Once your students have graduated from the early levels of ballet training and move into a more classically directed ballet education, there are many principles to begin to implement in their classes. The small things create the difference between a student who is trained in ballet basics and a student who is working towards true […]

Developing Coordinated Dancers

Coordination and Dance

Coordination is not one of those principles dance teachers want to overlook. If left unchecked, our students could grow up without the proper coordination skills they need to progress accordingly as dancers. Ruth Brinkerhoff devoted an entire teacher manual, called “Coordination for Ballet“, to the principles necessary to understand and teach coordination correctly. She explains […]

What is Coordination?

What is Coordination for Ballet?

Without a thorough understanding of the principles of coordination, it is difficult for dance teachers to know what to expect and how to encourage the proper development of natural coordination. It is definitely a vital building block, fundamental even, for all dance technique, and the more we understand how it occurs naturally, the better we […]

20 Ways to Create a Comfortable Class

20 Ways to Create a Comfortable Class

Most of us can remember being in a class where we couldn’t focus or understand what was being presented. It wasn’t much fun, was it? A dance class can feel that way to a young child. Childrens’ brains and muscles must be kept from frustration if they are to be happy and well behaved in class. Remember, too, […]

The 7 Basic Principles of Classical Ballet

7 Basic Ballet Principles

The Rules of Classical Dance were first set down definitively by John Weaver in 1723. Each generation has had its great teachers of ballet who have added insights and details to these rules and principles. These principles are essential for the dancer to learn around the age of 9 or 10. Their learning, at this […]