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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.


 

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


 

Sports Medicine & Dance

Every dancer knows that injuries are very real. We strive to perfect our technique, we spend time warming our bodies up, and we use our plie in order to prevent injuries, but sometimes... they still happen. Injuries can occur due to overuse or a single incident. The more we know about body mechanics, the better prepared we are to approach our dancing and healing from injury.

Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins sat down with Dr. Raymond Solano to ask some dance-related questions about sports medicine.


 

Artists: Saving for The Future

As dancers, dance teachers and artists, we often work off of contracts between theaters, companies and studios. In the government's eyes, we are considered "self-employed." Being self employed has many rewards, like the freedom to make your own decisions, working the hours you prefer and most importantly the monetary rewards can be endless.  However, there are numerous pitfalls that can derail a dream.

Today, we are asking the tough questions to investment advisor, Kevin Bostic. We want to know how to keep dancing and keep our finances on track - for today and tomorrow!

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Photo Source: Drew Humphrey & Ensemble, "We're in the Money;" 42nd Street


 

"Double-Jointed": The Real Story

We have all seen it, and sometimes we envy the beautiful lines a "double jointed" dancer can produce. But what does "double jointed" really mean? Is it really a thing? Today, we investigate "double jointed-ness!"

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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


 

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