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There are thousands of dancers in the world but only a handful of famous male ballet dancers.  While famous ballerinas may often have the spotlight, let’s take a look at the men who’ve helped shape ballet into what it is today. Mikhail Baryshnikov When you talk about famous male ballet dancers, there is always one…

There are many amazing ballerinas in the world, but there’s only a handful of truly famous ballerinas.  Here’s BalletHub’s list of famous ballerinas, in no particular order because they’re all amazing in their own right: Margot Fonteyn Margot Fonteyn may be the all-time most famous ballerina in the world; the Babe Ruth of ballet. Fonteyn…

Turnout describes when a dancer rotates their legs outwards and is a major key aspect to the look and function of a ballet dancer’s technique. One of the first things a beginner might learn is how to stand in first position and how the toes should be facing outwards with the knees should be pointing…

Ballet focuses a lot on positions of the body that include the arms, head and legs.  In a beginner ballet class there will be a big focus on the basic ballet positions.  These include the basic ballet positions of the feet and legs and positions of the arms. Basic Ballet Positions of the Feet and…

Much like an academic school, a ballet school usually requires its students to have their own set of supplies to take ballet classes, such as proper attire and accessories. While every school may have a few specific requirements, there are some general things that ballet students need for ballet class. In this article, aimed for first…

Feeling the sting of not being accepted into a summer intensive? You are not alone! Every dancer faces challenges along the road; here are several things to consider when facing feelings of rejection in dance.

For any ballet fans who tuned in yesterday (Feb. 7th) for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi may have been wonderfully surprised to see ballet featured in the spectacular evening.  Well, maybe its not so surprising, since these winter Olympics are, after all, hosted in Russia.  Either way, it was great…

Joffrey Ballet’s Beginnings In 1956, Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino formed an ensemble of six dancers to tour around the country to perform original ballets by Robert Joffrey himself.  Money wasn’t as abundant for them at the time, as they toured around in a station wagon that pulled a U-Haul trailer filled with costumes, supplies…

Finesse Finesse is required in ballet to look fluid, strong and in control all at the same time.  It also allows a ballet dancer to use their muscles efficiently.  Think of finesse as taking the quick route back home from work… Why take the longer way when you can get home using half the time…

For enterprising ballet students, the beginning of the new year is a particularly exciting and nerve-wracking time.  January is the start of audition season and serious ballet students set their sights on getting accepted into a prestigious summer dance program. Summer intensives provide the opportunity for students to improve significantly in a short period of…