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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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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