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The Young Ballerina Life: Robbie Downey's Ballet Babble

Robbie Downey is a 14-year-old ballerina in training. Dedicated to the ballet life, Robbie chronicles her experiences through Ballet Freak, an online community of ballerinas dedicated to learning and discussing the art. Robbie recently competed at the Youth American Grand Prix. Read about her adventures!

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Photo: Robbie Downey; Photo by: dancereportage.com


 

Being a Dance Mentor

Nobel Banquet prizewinner, Rosalyn Yalow, once said to a group of students:

"If we are to have faith that mankind will survive and thrive on the face of the earth, we must believe that each succeeding generation will be wiser than its progenitors. We transmit to you, the next generation, the total sum of our knowledge. Yours is the responsibility to use it, to add to it, and transmit it to your children."

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Where is Dance Headed?

A question that often creeps into the minds of dancers, choreographers, company directors, dance enthusiasts and supporters is: What is next?

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Photo: The Regional High School Dance Festival at Todd Rosenlieb Dance studios


 

Keltie Colleen says: Be Strong, Dancers!

Keltie Colleen was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. She made a career out of being a professional dancer, against everyone's belief. How? "I'm 40% talent, 60% determination." She has worked with Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Christina Perri, Kanye West, John Legend, Miranda Cosgrove, Fergie, and Enrique Iglesias. She designs her own clothing line at Sugar & Bruno and she's written a book about the dance life struggles and benefits. She's one brave dancer, out there doing amazing things with her talent and her determination!

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Photo from: keltiecolleen.com


 

Costumer for NYC Ballet Shares Her Story

As a young girl, Kellie Sheehan dreamed of living a creative life. She never dreamed she would be helping create costumes for New York City Ballet! Read about her journey from dreamer to costumer.

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Photo: Reid and Harriet Design; Kellie Sheehan, Draper


 

Choosing a Dance School

Fact: Dance training is expensive.

Fact: Dance training is a rather large time commitment.

Fact: Dance training is working with muscles/bones/developmental growth.

Fact: It is important that you research schools, ask questions and choose one that fits what you are looking for in a school and for your child.

This isn't the easiest task in the world to do, especially if you do not know a lot about dance. Perhaps you don't know the questions to ask or certain things to look for. Here is our guide to Choosing a Dance School! Plus download our special checklist for parents!

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Photo: Southeastern Regional Ballet Association - Photo by Richard Calmes


 

Ballerina Uses Ballet Training in Aerial Dance

Meet Elizabeth Fraley! She trained as a ballerina growing up, and now she uses her ballet background in the world of aerial dance. From Fairfax Station, Virginia, Elizabeth followed her dream to Los Angeles, California where she continues to train in dance, body conditioning and yoga while pursuing her PhD (in cell and molecular biology)! Read more about this dancer!

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Photo by: Dan Krauss


 

Vote for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins!

The race is on for the Top Dance Blogs! Dance Advantage is hosting their annual contest to identify the top blogs making moves in the dance blogging world!

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And Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins needs your votes (via comments on THIS post) to be considered!


 

What's in Your Dance Bag?

Dance bags. These can be a dancer's best friend! On breaks, dancers rush to their bags, rummaging through for this or that. What is in our dance bags, is what helps us get through a full day of class, rehearsals, blocking and tech.

So what is the magic inside of these bags?

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Making Ballet Fun

"Ballet is so... serious."

"Ballet is so boring."

"Ballet moves too slow and the music is old."

"Ballet is too stiff for me."

These are all complaints that we've heard students say about ballet. Opinions of ballet have shifted as time has passed. It was during the post-modern period of dance, which began around 1960, that shifted the thoughts on ballet to more of a "conditioning" aspect of dance as a whole. Ballet was thought of as a way for dancers to stay in shape and become stronger dancers. Even today, it is thought by many that ballet is equated to taking vitamins.

How can we re-frame ballet in today's dance world? How can we rid ballet of the "why so serious?" feel that pushes many dancers away from it? We must teach them the positive aspects of ballet! We must show them how to find beauty, passion, drama and intrigue in ballet! We must show them how "cool" ballet is!

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Photo: Ashley Murphy, Dance Theatre of Harlem


 

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