Old School Toe-Tapping
Sunday, July 11th, 2010
As I said in yesterday’s blog, toe-tapping isn’t as well-known or practiced, but it has been an idea and performed for quite some time!
Saturday, July 10th, 2010
While quite a literal example of ballet helping with tap, toe-tapping is when taps are on the toe of Pointe shoes. Although this discipline is not very well-known or practiced, it is slowly, but surely, picking up popularity in the dance world. And it is quite a contradiction too! Tap requires a lot of loose ankle movements; not floppy, but requires a disconnect at the ankle between leg and toes. Pointe, on the other hand, is all about control and ankle stability. To combine the two seems, to me, to double the difficulty, intensity and danger of the discipline of toe-tapping. But, it is coooool!!!
Ballet - Do we really need it?
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
While some of us may not looooove ballet class, it is necessary to excel in all forms of dance! All dance instructors will (or should) tell you that, in order to get better at any and all forms of dance, you must be in ballet class weekly! Ballet is the epitome of dance technique, dance class etiquette, and traditional dance language. To communicate through the styles, it is most helpful to know simple ballet terms, such as chasee and pas du bouree, as the ballet language unites all dance forms.
Some may, however, debate that ballet is not necessary for forms such as hip hop or tap. However, in reality, just like relating sports to dance, ballet increases your overall kinesthetic and spatial awareness, flexibility and core control. All of these elements are super necessary for hip hop and tap and will lead to visible improvement in all of your dance forms!
In fact, this is what Studio 180 Dance’s curriculum is based on: facts that prove dance is supplemental to excellence in sports. Ballet, in particular, is often practiced by professional athletes so it obviously has an impact and develops and improves bodily awareness, balance, the ability to find your center if off-balance, lean muscle vs. bulk muscle, and stretch!
Ballet technique is a skill both for life in general and your dance life. So grab your pink tights, black leos and bobby pins and get to the barre!
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
I don’t know about you, but after 20+ years of intensive dance training I still couldn’t make the “En Dehors-Out the Door” rule click. And then, reading some dance blogs online, I found this fabulous article that very clearly explains this tricky dance knowledge. You can read about it here:
I also came up with a few other ways to think about En Dehors and En Dedan in case “Out the Door” still doesn’t work for you. Here are a few ways for you to try to make En Dehors and En Dedan click for life:
1. En Dehors – Out the Door
2. En Dehors means “outward” in French and En Dedan means “inward” in French
3. En Dedan is like giving a hug-you have to wrap your arms around a persons body and that arc is exactly like the “En Dedan” motion.
4. Keep going to ballet class!!!