TBB Homework #009 – Let’s chat about pirouettes…

Previous TBB Homework… Simple exercises to improve arabesque! Backs and Breathing! _________ This weeks homework is easy, because all you have to do is have a read!  There’s no at-home exercises or tutorials to follow. We’re just going to have a chat about pirouettes… What is a pirouette? A pirouette is a turn or spin* […]

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How I improved my eczema (AND gut, mood, sleep).

A little different to my usual posts, so let me start by prefacing with the following; Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. Fact: I suffered from SUPER bad eczema and tried EVERYTHING. Also fact: I don’t anymore. Yay. As a ballet teacher, your […]

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TBB Homework #008 – Simple exercises to improve your arabesque!

Previous TBB Homework… Core Spinal Mobility Pre-Pointe Exercises Posture Back To Ballet (follow along barre!) Backs & Breathing ________________ This weeks ‘homework’ is three simple exercises that will improve your back strength, which results in lovelier arabesques, grande allegro and adage! There’s only three simple movements. Thoracic Squeeze – pop one hand over the other, […]

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Open Ballet Class Etiquette

Entering a ballet class can be an interesting experience. You quickly learn there are so many unwritten rules! Few sports or activities mimic the sanctity of a ballet studio. As a newbie you could be very overwhelmed as you quickly start learning the in’s and out’s of whats acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in a ballet […]

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TBB HOMEWORK #006 – Backs & Breathing

Previous TBB Homework… Core Spinal Mobility Pre-Pointe Exercises Posture Back To Ballet (follow along barre!) ___________________________ FOCUS: Backs  & Breathing “Proper phrasing of the breathe adds fullness to the movement…” – Joan Lawson I believe that talking about ‘backs’ and ‘breathing’ together is a good combination because both need to work simultaneously and harmoniously. About […]

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TBB HOMEWORK #005 – Back to Ballet

Previous TBB Homework… Core Spinal Mobility Pre-Pointe Exercises Posture ________________________________ FOCUS: Back to Ballet! It’s a new year and everyone is already back into the swing of classes! But are you feeling a little out of shape, alignment or practise?   After many requests, I finally got around to making a little ‘follow along’ video […]

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Self care isn’t just for Sundays.

I was getting pretty damn good at this by the end of 2017. Now, I don’t particularly like making ‘goals’ – I’m more of a mantra kinda gal. But in 2018 I want to continue doing little things every day that take care of me. And so should you. Imagine if everyone fed, inspired and […]

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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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