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Life Coach Guides Dancers

Navigating the unknown waters of the professional dance world can be scary. Meet Ava Adinolfi. Ava, a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has a mission: to help guide young dancers from Point A to Point B by identifying goals and figuring out how to make them happen.


 

Breaking Pointe's Katie Martin on Taking the Plunge Into Ballerina World

You may know her as the spunky ballerina from Breaking Pointe whose season contract was not renewed. But Katie Martin's energy, resilience and firery passion is exactly what pushes her forward in the ballet world. Katie spoke with dance writer, Rachel Hellwig, for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins to talk life, dance, barre and more!

Photo by: Mike Reid


 

On Being a Professional Ballerina: Cody Beaton

Cody Beaton, of Round Rock, Texas, studied at the Austin Conservatory of the Arts for 12 years. She attended summer programs at Colorado Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, and American Ballet Theatre. She spent one season with the Colorado Ballet Studio Company, and in the next three years, she progressed through Richmond Ballet’s trainee and apprentice programs. She joined the professional company in 2010. Four years later, Cody is still dancing her heart out on stage and living her dream.

But is being a professional ballerina what she thought it would be? What is like to work as a ballerina?

Photo: Cody Beaton in Swipe. Choreography by Val Caniparoli. Richmond Ballet 2012. All rights reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.


 

Dancing with Scoliosis

Meet Melanie Christine. A 17-year-old dancer from Ohio whose dancing life was drastically changed when she realized her spine was severely curved. Melanie's Scoliosis eventually led to surgery, and when she woke up from surgery her entire spine was fused and she had 2 rods and 30 screws holding her spine into place. She began the long, arduous journey of re-training her body to move.

Today, Melanie serves as an inspiration for other dancers. "I want to devote my life to helping other people because I can relate to what it is like to be pulled down and then have to rise up again," Melanie says.

Even through all of the physical pain of surgery and the emotional pain of being moved to "beginner" level dance classes post-surgery, Melanie believes in one truth without doubt: "If dance is in your heart, you will always find a way."

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Photo from Melanie of her spine pre-surgery


 

Be a Smart Dancer: 10 Qualities of Smart Dancers

In workshops and at your classes, you often hear, "Be a smart dancer!"

Being a smart dancer will help you, your fellow dancers, the choreographer and the performance piece much stronger. Let's break down what being a smart dancer includes.

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Photo: Greta Hodgkinson gets ready backstage before performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Source: The Ballet Blog Tumblr


 

Dancing & Surviving in New York City: One Dancer's Journey

27-year-old dancer, Laura De Rubeis was born in Philadelphia, PA. She grew up dancing in Narberth, PA at Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, headed by John White & Margarita de Saa. After years of hard work, she found herself studying Russia. Eventually, Laura felt the pull to New York City, where dance was calling her name.

Today we discuss with Laura the question a lot of dancers wonder about: What is it like dancing and surviving in The Big (expensive) Apple?

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Photo: lauraderubeis.com


 

Learning to Dance Like a Man: Male Vaganova Student Shares His Story

Being a male in the ballet world takes a lot of hard work and focus. It is a very different experience for males. Lawrence Lambert, a 20-year-old dancer studying at Vaganova Ballet Academy, shares his experiences. Lawrence tells of his journey from his small mining hometown of Cessnock, New South Whales, Australia to Vaganova where he is currently in level 7.

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Photo by: Branco Gaica, National College of Dance


 

New Dance Season: How to Prepare

The air is crisper, and the notebooks and pencils are on sale. You know what this means: Summer is winding down and school is starting up. This also means: IT'S FALL DANCE SEASON! Nutcracker rehearsals will start soon, rehearsals for competitions are in full swing, and together, we are all really excited about moving to new levels and learning more dances and dance information.

Here are our quick and easy ways to prepare for a successful fall dance season!

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Photo: Maria Doval Ballet


 

Dance Swap: 2013

Calling all dancers, dance fans, dance moms!

It's Dance Swap Time!

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Here's how it works:

Give a dance gift. Get a dance gift.


 

Advice From Dance Moms to Dance Moms

At Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins, we often get questions from parents who are at a crossroads. Their daughter or son has been taking dance for awhile, and it's time to make a choice: "How serious are we going to take this dance thing?"

Decisions must be made. Pre-professional dance training, and competition dance teams, are a large time and financial investment. There will be hours and hours of classes, rehearsals and traveling. There will be tuition, travel expenses, competition fees and costumes. Your child will be dealing with the stress of handling school work and dance work.

Questions must be answered: Is your child ready? Is it too much? If you don't allow them to do the pre-professional or competition track, are you holding them back? Is it too hard? Is your child emotionally able to handle it? Will they still perform well at school?

So Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins sat down with some moms who have been in this exact spot. And all they all admitted one thing: It's a stressful place to be in!

Dance moms Gina (mother to Robbie Downey, or @balletbabble), Tori (mother to @real_world_ballerina), and Angela (mother to Sheena Jeffers, content creator for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins, @balletbobbypins) talk about their experiences at the "dance crossroads."

So here it is, straight from dance moms: Advice from the hearts and minds of moms who have been exactly where you are.

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Photo: Liza Minnelli as a child (daughter of Judy Garland & Vincent Minnelli). She went on (and is one of the few artists) to win four Tony Awards, an Oscar, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy Legend Award.


 

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