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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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Ballet Dance Identifications

Do you ever feel lost in dance conversations?

We're here to help you!

Here are some quick-and-simple Ballet Dance IDs of people in the dance world who made a difference.

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Girl-on-Girl Crime

Class was over. The little girl grabbed her dance bag and ran from the studio. When she found her mother outside waiting for her in the lobby, tears were streaming down her face. She wanted to go home. And now.

The mother stood bewildered. Her daughter had never left dance class before in such a state. She followed her daughter out of the studio. [Continue reading to find out what happened in this scenario].

Girl-on-girl crime can creep its way into many situations. Today, we will examine how girl-on-girl crime finds itself in dance studios and dance relationships; the effects of girl-on-girl crime, and how it can be prevented.

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Interview with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Sara Mearns

Read our interview with New York City Principal dancer, Sara Mearns as she discusses growing up in the ballet world, and the whirlwind of classes, schools, auditions and ballets that have come together to make her dreams come true. The interview is open, honest and truthful. A true look at the life of an American ballerina.

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Photo: Sara Mearns performing with New York City Ballet


 

10 Things Dance Teachers Say

1. What we say: "Point your feet!"

What this really means: A beautiful pointed foot is not just about the toes. In fact, "scrunching" your toes is not a pointed foot at all! Scrunching toes can also lead to injuring a tendon in your foot. A good point, instead, lies in the instep (between your ankle and toes). Try exercises sitting down, pushing through demi pointe and then en pointe, using your entire foot. Also try standing, and thinking "pulling up through your arches" and "spreading the toes" out. This will help you feel the energy coming through your instep. Then, when you jump of lift the foot off the floor, the toes will come underneath in a beautiful point. Pointed feet exhibits a dancer's extensions and lines. It is also important for balance and strength.


 

Rest

It was one of those days.

One of those days you can feel your body straining, your mind jumping from here to there and everywhere but where it needed to be: right here, in ballet class, focused.


 

Teaching Synesthesia in Dance

[Synesthesia] : Ancient Greek meaning "together" and "sensation." This neurological condition connects one sensory stimulation to a second sensory stimulation.

For example, you may hear a little kid say, "I smell something, and it smells like the color blue." Later, as that child attends school, a teacher will say, "Now 'smell' doesn't describe 'blue.' Blue is visual, and smell is... smell!" We teach children to categorize, differentiate, separate. But why?


 

Dancers, Let Your Hair Down

As dancers, we demand a lot of our bodies, our minds and our emotions. From dancing all day and night, to thinking about dancing all day and night, we are constantly processing difficult information of a physically demanding world.

We must take the time to care for ourselves.


 

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