Купить Кристалы в Урене Dancers Separated by Generations Appear Together in Ad for Rag & Bone

Fashion company Rag & Bone put together an amazing ad featuring two dancers from not only different generations but also different genres. Ballet legend Mikhail Baryshnikov appears with Lil Buck, a pioneer in the relatively new urban dance style of Krumping. In the ad, the two dance together in a spectacular performance. Watch this video to see for yourself!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Check out Pixel, a dance performance interacting with digital projections.

While background lights and projections in dance performances seem secondary, Pixel uses digital light projections to interact with dancers to put on an amazing show. Created and directed by Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne with hip-hop choreographer Cie Kafig, the show is an hour long dance and light spectacle.

Watch a video preview here

Continuance of Pointe Exercises

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Okay, so you’ve exercised your ankles through the summer and fall and feel that your feet and ankles are finally getting strong enough and you are asked to go on Pointe! Congrats! But, don’t think it’s over yet. Just because you were super motivated to get permission to go on Pointe, doesn’t mean that the few ballet classes you are taking a week are enough. Even if you are taking ballet every day, you must continue to work those ankles and feet. Why? Because the stronger you are, the more you can practice in Pointe shoes while in class and the longer you can rehearse. While every Pointe dancer has to take off her Pointe shoes at some point for a break, the longer you can work your feet, the more valuable a dancer and the more hirable you are. Also, should you get hired for a Pointe gig, you want to know that you are able to protect your feet and ankles from an sudden increase in rehearsal hours. So, make sure you continue your elevées, jumps and foot strengthening exercises outside of the dance classroom even when you finally get to go up on Pointe! 

Strengthening Tips to Get You On Pointe!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Many of our ballet students are approaching the age to begin Pointe. While this is very exciting and challenging, we all must remember that going onto Pointe is earned, not deserved with age. So, I am going to give you some great strengthening tips to better prepare your feet and ankles and, hopefully, help you get to the next level of ballet technique: Pointe!

  1. 100 relevées on each foot (so, 100 right and 100 left) – definitely use something at bar height to support you with these. Also, you may want to start at 50 each and work your way up to 100, but if you are doing them almost every day, you should get to 100 in a week or two!
  2. 50 sautées on each foot (so, 50 right and 50 left) – again, be careful, have support and build yourself up to 50 so you don’t hurt yourself!
  3. Using a thera-band, push through your foot to practice articulating each muscle! Do this on each foot 25 times!
  4. Put ankle weights on and, lying on your back, do 50 leg raises each!

While these seem simple and repetitive, dancers about to go on Pointe usually have the most trouble because of weak ankles and feet. By doing these exercises a few times a week, you will build your strength immensely and prepare your body for Point shoes and technique. Remember, even if you do these exercises twice a week, you still may not be allowed to go on Pointe in the fall. If you have concerns about your technique as you do these exercises, ask a teacher. And, if you really want to be strong, do them EVERY DAY! Good luck!