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Don’t Be A Skipper, Teach Them To Skip!

Teach Skipping

Skipping requires balance, symmetry in muscle use, self-esteem and some natural coordination. It is often used as an indicator of ‘readiness to learn’ academic subjects. It is expected that children in a dance class will learn to skip. Skipping is a complex skill composed of and built upon several more basic skills.” Many of my […]

5 Principles of Classical Ballet for Young Children

5 Principles of Classical Ballet

Even at the earliest age, ballet students are absorbing the classical principles we instill in them. From as early as age 3, there are fundamental movement and artistic elements that can be cultivated in order to shape how that student learns and develops in their classical education. To provide that foundation for our ballet students, there are seven […]

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 […]