Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Quick Hello To All My Fellow Dancers And Readers!

I've been away from this blog for so long! Is it really May?

It is recital time for many of you, or your term has already ended, and you're getting ready for the I.N.T.E.N.S.E. ballet summer intensive!

I'm writing at a second job these days and haven't had time to focus on the big ballet world!

I'm so happy to see people are still dropping by this blog and hopefully it's helpful for those who need some technique tips!

So thanks for visiting and reading here!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Improve Ballet Turnout And The Frog Position

I have written about this before and I'm glad to see that Deborah Vogel at The Body Series is writing about it again! Specifically:


 "This week's question is from a student curious about why she can do a good butterfly and frog position and yet can only stand in a first position of around 90 degrees.  It's not an uncommon pattern and a good one for our students to understand. "

I hope you read this! If you are tyring to improve your ballet turnout you need this information!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ballet Foot Positions While You Improve Ballet Turnout

Many students wonder just how perfect their ballet foot positions should be in earlier training. As the years progress, you expect to improve ballet turnout. You do whatever you consider to be the best stretching exercise for dance turnout.

Please note that very few dancers have 180 degree turnout from their hip joints, resulting in no strain no pain 180 degree turnout in their ballet foot positions.

Yet, there comes a time in your ballet training years where you must stand in a toe-to-heel fifth position. Exactly when that year is, is up to your ballet teacher.

You've done years of leg and hip exercises, stretching that is, to improve your turnout. If you're "born to dance", your hip joints, where the top of your thigh fits in, and is attached, slant sideways, as opposed to slanting a little backwards, blocking your movement towards the 180 degree angle, and giving you the ideal ballet foot positions.

Even with those sideways hip joints, you maybe had to do a lot of hip flexibility exercises, to really take advantage of what you were given.

But what if your hip joints aren't quite so sideways pointing, and you feel a pull when you do hip flexibility exercises?

If you're studying Vaganova technique, you probably have been putting your ballet foot positions into the toe-to-heel fifth position since day one.

If not, you may have a ballet teacher who starts with third position, training your leg and hip exercises to improve turnout gradually. Then, crossing over toward fifth position a little at a time.

This all came to mind today when I read Deborah Vogel's newsletter with the topic "Is It Hip To Be Square - Looking at 4rth and 5th Positions".

It basically discusses the decisions that need to be made during your training, as to how you will go after your ballet foot positions - or dance turnout in general - and how you fulfill the ideal of "square hips square body".

Every ballet teacher must evaluate every individual ballet student and determine how and when she/he will demand those anatomically incorrect ballet foot positions.

Especially for adults ballet classes, this topic should be addressed.

Go on over to The Body Series and read more about ballet foot positions.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dance Classes For Cancer Recovery

Moving For Life is a program designed by Martha Eddy, Ed. E., and is dance exercise for cancer recovery.

There are other programs as well. I read about it today in a post by Ronald Levine, D.C.

Movement For Life offers free dance classes for people recovering from cancer. How wonderful is that.

Sometimes disease alienates us from our bodies. Or a section of our body. Cancer induces such fear, and I believe if we withdraw our energy or attention from a body part, we deny it the energy that is going to make it heal.

I can't think of anything better than dance to connect and communicate creative energy and spiritual energy to our physical form.

Thanks to Dr. Lavine for writing about this!

Class locations are NYC boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey and California in the LA area. Moving For Life .

(I first found Dr. Ronald Lavine at The Body Series, Deborah Vogel's site).

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Holidays And A Sale From The Body Series

Deborah Vogel's The Body Series products are on sale for the month of December at 25% off. There's no coupons or codes to remember... the discount will automatically be calculated.

This might be a good to time to get "Tune Up Your Turnout".

Or "Effective Stretching The Ultimate Guide".

"Ballwork" to reduce muscular strain and improve flexibility.

"Analyzing Arabesque"

And there are many more wonderful educational products at The Body Series to help you dance better and prevent dance injuries!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Dance Makers on Making Dance Performance In Los Angeles Today

Marita Hill announced today - a reminder -

"Good morning everyone. If you are in Los Angeles, I want to remind you about our 2012 Student Choreography Show. The concert is Thursday (tonite) and Friday at 7pm. Tickets are $5. The address is 450 N. Grand Ave, LA 90012. It is going to be a fabulous time. I hope you can make it!!!"

Marlita Hill
The Choreography Clinic
Dance Makers on Making Dance

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dear Readers - As Victorian As This Sounds

I have just had the occasion - if not torture - ha ha, of having to revisit my 271 posts on this blog to update many links.

What stood out to me hugely was - I am really bad at getting back to commenters! I'm just horrible. I'm so grateful to see a steadily increasing readership, and to see that readers still leave comments.

I promise to reform!

The world of dance and ballet continues to grow and change. Reality television covers professional dance in "Breaking Pointe" and YA television presents "Bunheads". Although that is more about a dancer's relationship with her mother-in-law of a dead husband, than it is about the ballet studio she inherits...well, we'll see where that goes.

Live ballet is still my favorite theater. And blogging about ballet, and encouraging dance students in any way I can.

So "dear readers", please keep up the comments and I'll reply!!

I have been busy lately getting some small works published and writing a novel with Vone Deporter (with a ballet dancer heroine). Vone painted the beautiful ballerina oil painting at this dance blog.