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Put the Fun in Fundamentals

December 1, 2014 by

10 ways to keep students engaged at the barre
Barre is time for ballet students to develop strength, accurate placement and basic technical skills. But it can seem boring and tedious to young or teen dancers, … Continue reading

Ladies and Gentleman

July 1, 2014 by

Tips for teaching a lone boy in a class full of girls
Thirteen-year-old Asher Noel stands at the barre, the only boy in his class at the Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago. Ballet teacher Fury … Continue reading

In-House Summer Programs

May 1, 2014 by

Designing workshops for students who stay home
Summer is usually the time when a studio’s best students leave home to attend intensive programs. But what about those who don’t go away? Perhaps they are too young, … Continue reading

Private Lessons

February 1, 2014 by

Guidelines for working one-on-one

A student at Ellison Ballet in New York City couldn’t keep up with the rest of his classmates. Although he had talent and drive, he was frequently distracted and unable to concentrate. But … Continue reading

Playing Catch-Up

August 30, 2013 by

Addressing the needs of late-starters
Jenna Savella, a second soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, didn’t get serious about ballet until she was 15. When she auditioned for Canada’s National Ballet School, she was placed … Continue reading

Pre-Pointe Class

July 1, 2013 by

Boost your curriculum to prepare dancers for pointe work.
Wearing ballet slippers with satin ribbons attached, young girls practice relevé facing the barre, while Martha Goodman of Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education makes adjustments. She … Continue reading