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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


 

Reversing Ballet Combinations

We all dread the same words from our ballet teachers' mouths: "Now reverse!"

But reversing ballet combinations helps our minds and bodies train in a more advanced manner, preparing us for more advanced dancing. Reversing combinations is very similar to putting together a puzzle. It challenges our minds to take each individual piece of the combination, reverse it, while quickly putting them back together. Reversing combinations takes practice, and it can be frustrating for those who are just stepping into this seemingly frantic world. But we are here to help you!

Here is out "How-To" guide to understanding reversing ballet combinations.



Photo: From the series "Espirit de Corps" by photographer Jesús Chapa-Malacara


 

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


 

Alys Shee: A Ballerina to Watch

Alys Shee was recently listed by Pointe Magazine as one of the Top 10 Corps dancers to watch. That is because the soon-to-be 19-year-old (on July 4) is capturing the attention of companies and ballet audiences with her stunning extensions, endless turns, and powerful jumps. Shee was born in Toronto, Canada, and she started dancing because her aunt would babysit her while her parents were at work. "Ballet was her idea. I was 3. I loved it," Shee said. At age 13, Shee was already performing flawless fouettes en pointe, which you've most likely seen on YouTube! By age 19, she has already danced with American Ballet Theatre II, Canadian Ballet Theatre (Soloist) and as a guest with South African Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Rochester City Ballet and San Antonio Ballet.

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Photo of Alys Shee by: Aleksandre Antonijevic

Shee, who describes her dancing as a "work in progress" and said she wasn't nervous at all on her first day with Birmingham Royal Ballet talked with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins about growing up in the competitive ballet world.


 

Ballet in America: 5 Facts

Ballet began in Paris, France in 1661. It traveled from there to Italy and Russia, where ballet masters continued to teach and improve upon ballet's methods. Somehow, Ballet made it to America. But how, when, where, why and by whom? The history of ballet in America is rich, and full of interesting stories. Below, we have listed five short facts to know on ballet in America.

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Real_World_Ballerina: Student, Comedian, Dancer

Ballet and humor? Oh yes. Real_world_ballerina knows how to keep it real!

You may be one of the 15,000 following her on Instagram. Real_world_ballerina (who prefers to go by her Internet handle) is vibrant, full of life, energy and positivity. But she also knows about discipline, focus and the seriousness that is required when studying ballet. Hence, real_world_ballerina was born. The 17-year-old pre-professional ballet student from Orange County, California, has been featured by Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit for capturing the humor and hard work that lies behind the scenes in the ballet world. Today, she talks with Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins!

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Photo: real_world_ballerina


 

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


 

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


 

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


 

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