TBB HOMEWORK #004 – Ballerina Core

Previous TBB Homework… Posture Pre-Pointe Exercises Spinal Mobility _____________________________________________ FOCUS: CORE A dancer will hear the words ‘core’ and ‘centre’ many (many!) times during their training. So it’s probably best we understand it properly! Classical ballet revolves entirely around core strength to execute the correct technique with control, grace and balance. This is why dancers […]

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TBB Homework #003 – Spinal Mobility

After being asked by so many parents and students (adults and children!) for take home exercises that target certain areas, I thought I’d start a ‘homework’ post that documents what we’ve focused on fortnightly. This new initiative is to help everyone become more balanced ballerinas! Any questions, please ask via social media or comment below… […]

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Basic (but important!) Pointe Shoe Tips

Taking care of your pointe shoes means taking care of your feet. Pointe shoes are expensive and you only get one set of feet in this life! Here’s some basic (but important!) tips for your pointe shoes… Sew with strong cotton! When it comes to sewing your pointe shoe ribbons and elastics, ordinary cotton doesn’t […]

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TBB Homework #002 – preparatory pointe exercises

This ‘follow along’ video is excellent for: students who are about to go en pointe students who are not ready for pointe yet and have been asked to do extra strengthening of the metatarsals students who are a few years off pointe shoes, but would like to start strengthening the ankles and developing foot articulation […]

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One of the (hardest!) most amazing things I’ve ever done…

Well, I made it! In all honesty the first 4,500m were a breeze. The days passed quickly and quietly while we hiked across stunning terrain, enjoyed popcorn and multiple cups of tea of an afternoon and I even managed to finish an entire book of an evening! Something I haven’t done in a long time… […]

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TBB Homework #001 – Posture

After being asked by so many parents and students (adults and children!) for take home exercises that target certain areas, I thought I’d start a ‘homework’ post that documents what we’ve focused on fortnightly. This new initiative is to help everyone become more balanced ballerinas! Any questions, please ask via social media or comment below… […]

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My TEDx Talk

I am now officially a nerd. And apparently someone with an idea worth sharing…  Three weeks before heading off to teach ballet in East Africa and climb Mt Kilimanjaro, I was honoured to speak at a TEDx event. Now the scary ‘will-forever-be-on-the-internet’ version is live on the tube. Eeek! This was in the back of […]

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