Wondering how ballerinas learn to balance on their toes? It's all about practicing the fundamentals with correct placement and technique!
Watch the quick video below for tips to balance better in ballet taught by professional dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Liz. Learn to access your strongest and best natural turnout and stand with your best posture to maintain your center when on relevé. Practice this daily, and practice in different ballet positions to feel more confident in ballet class and in life!
Remember to have something nearby to hold onto to assist, and remember that balance becomes more challenging with age, which means that it becomes even more important to practice over time. Be patient with yourself and always remember progress is more important that perfection. Ballerinas practice balancing on their toes up to 8 hours a day - learning to balance takes time, and with patience, everyone's balance can improve.
Join Liz for Stretch Tuesdays at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT, as well as Ballet Breathe & Flow Saturdays at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT all on Zoom!
Follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Quincie, as she guides you through a series of bridging exercises to target all 3 glute muscle groups. These are great exercises to increase strength for dancing and maintain healthy knees and hips.
It's important to remember, dancers work hard for their strong and toned legs! In addition to dancing, most dancers do exercises to prevent injury.
One of the most important muscle groups that dancers focus on are glutes. You may have heard of the "glutes" - well you have 3 gluteal muscles located on your behind. Strong glute muscles not only look better than weak ones, but strong glutes are SUPER important for injury prevention. Strong glutes are important for proper hip, knee, and lower spine function, and also propel your body forward and up when jumping or running.
For more similar exercises, join Quincie for Ballet Sculpt Express Saturdays at Noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom.
Written by Robyn Jutsum
June is here which means we are one step closer to Summer! As the weather warms up, life starts to open up, and we look ahead to sunnier days, we look forward to continuing to dance with all of you virtually, outdoors, and On Demand!
This month, we are shaking things up! Instead of focusing on one specific ballet in our Cardio Ballet classes, June’s theme is Center Stage, the 2000 cult classic ballet movie featuring former dancers with ABT, Dutch National Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet! Join us for Sips & Clips *Free* Virtual Happy Hour and Viewing Party on Sunday 6/13 on Zoom to watch highlights of the film!
Center Stage was directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by Carol Heikkenen. Set in New York City at the fictional American Ballet Academy (“ABA”), fashioned after the real training school, the School of American Ballet, this bunhead movie follows the life of Jody (played by actress and former member of San Francisco Ballet, Amanda Schull) and her fellow classmates as they embark in a year training at ABA.
Watch the official trailer below:
Throughout the movie, Jody and her peers face the trials and tribulations of growing up pursuing their professional aspirations in the dance industry, while also being teenagers in the Big Apple. A major plot point in the film is the love triangle Jody finds herself in. She is torn between her peer, Charlie (played by Sascha Radetsky, formerly of ABT and Dutch National Ballet), and pro dancer and choreographer, Cooper (played by Ethan Stiefel, formerly of ABT and former Artistic Director of Royal New Zealand Ballet). Other obstacles the dancers face include eating disorders, sexuality, injuries, casting, and the overarching pressure to be the best.
The all star cast is rounded out with Julie Kent (Artistic Director of Washington Ballet and former dancer with ABT), who plays a professional dancer; Zoe Saldana as Eva, one of Jody’s classmates, and Peter Gallagher as Jonathan, the artistic director of the academy. Dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre were used as extras, including Gillian Murphy, Stella Abrera, Jonathan Stafford, Jared Angle, Janie Taylor, and Rebecca Krohn. Aesha Ash, a former dancer at New York City Ballet, was used as Zoe Saldana’s body double for most of the dance scenes. This was also the film debut for both Zoe Saldana and Amanda Schull!
Excerpts from ballets such as Romeo & Juliet, Stars and Stripes, Le Corsaire, and Swan Lake are found throughout the movie. That being said, while the movie is a ballet-centric movie, there are many styles of dance and different types of ballet represented including jazz, salsa, musical theatre, and contemporary ballet. Susan Stroman choreographed for the film, winning an American Choreography Award for her contributions. Christopher Wheeldon choreographed the ballet Jonathan creates in the film.
In Cardio Ballet this month, you may learn combos inspired by the many dance scenes from Center Stage such as…
If the tagline isn’t any indicator of the dramatics of this movie, we don’t know what is!
For more fun facts about the movie, check out these articles in celebration of its 20th anniversary last year!
Dance Spirit Magazine Article:
From Entertainment Weekly:
A fun interview between Megan Fairchild and Amanda Schull:
Sources (in addition to the links above)
Watch the video below to follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor, Deepa, as she guides you through her Pilates Mat abdominal series. These exercises are great to do everyday to strengthen your core!
Join Deepa for Pilates Mat Wednesdays at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT on Zoom.
You can also join Deepa for Cardio Ballet Wednesdays at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT and Cardio Ballet Pop Hits Sundays at Noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.