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There is no question that the life of a dancer is equal parts glamorous and grueling: Traveling, exposure to incredible artistic stimulation, emotionally enriching work, and the pursuit of one’s passion line up beside intense physical demands, unconventional schedules, and a career that operates on a traditionally shorter cycle than your average 9-to-5. Outside sheer…

This is the time when some schools hold placement classes to decide who will be in which level for the coming school year. Other schools may have already placed their students before the summer break, but be it as it may, this process can be stressful and even upsetting for students and parents. And everyone…

Ballet and dance class typically isn’t offered in public academic schools in the United States, despite there being many potential benefits to the students. Let’s explore a few of those benefits, including increased arts exposure, physical activity and more.

Boredom in dance class is never possible if you work to your fullest potential.  As both teachers and students we certainly know this fundamental truth, but it is just as important for teachers and studio owners to recognize when a student has “outgrown” their class or, even worse, when a student is placed with an…

In a world of arabesques and pirouettes, where do Downward Facing Dogs fit in? While Sun Salutations may not have a place at the barre, with cross-training and questions surrounding it remaining a hot topic in the ballet world, yoga can benefit dancers in a multitude of ways. Pilates is usually touted as being the…

To answer this question, let’s begin with a little experiment: Where ever you are at the moment, take a few steps and find out which leg is your good walking leg and which is your bad walking leg. It should become obvious in very little time that most likely there is no good or bad…

Especially during the summer month, staying in shape can become an issue when there are less classes to take. It can be scary or comforting, depending on which end of the spectrum you are. At Ballet Idaho, our dancers are faced with a brutal layoff between mid April and October, making a living takes often…

“A prophet is nothing in their own country” is something they say in Germany. It means that a prophet who teaches his own pupils will be listened to the least. The prophet’s pupils will pay polite and respectful attention, but most of what is said will go in one ear and out the other. I…

Corrections you hear the most and like the least are the most important corrections for you. The reason is simple: How you feel doing things is a world apart from how things work and look in reality. That is why many dancers have a difficult time watching video footage of themselves. The only person that…

When new ballet students stand in the studio doorway anticipating their first dance class, they should feel excited, curious and ready to learn. When a new dancer begins to study, it will hopefully open new doors and opportunities and the student will learn not only about ballet technique, but important life lessons as well. A…