How to Releve in Ballet [Video]

How to Do a Reveve in Ballet

Here's another great video in our series of how to's from the ballet glossary of the Royal Opera House in London. These videos show basic steps on which classical ballet technique is built on.   It's a great way to learn ballet terminology and view technique from accomplished ballerinas and dancers. In this video: How to releve in ballet, Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrates a relevé en pointe. How to Releve in Ballet Wikipedia defines the term relevé [pronounced … [Read more...]

Ballet Class on The Floor?

Ballet class on the floor - Zena Rommett's floor-barre technique.

It takes years to become a proficient ballerina, technically speaking. Nurturing the artistic aspect takes a lifetime, as it is a continuous process. But not everyone is born to dance professionally. How can the rest of the non-dancing world benefit from the complete workout that ballet dancers enjoy? Ballet class on the floor! What if you could mold your body into a healthy and aligned physique, with elongated, well-toned muscles, attain core strength and the calm and grace of a … [Read more...]

Ballet at 50

Ballet at 50

Yona Zeldis McDonough author of The Cats in the Doll Shop, The Doll Shop Downstairs, The Doll with The Yellow Star, Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott, just to name a few, tells of her relationship with classical ballet as a child and her journey back to ballet at 50. As a young girl, Yona was enrolled in daily ballet classes, which she loved. Throughout school I took ballet classes six days a week. Class consisted of a 45-minute barre, perfecting a series of exercises born in the court … [Read more...]

Ballet Barre Workout: The Latest Trend

Ballet Barre Workout

You're probably wondering: "What is a ballet barre workout?" Rest assured, you're not alone. A few years back, when visiting my cousin out of town, she invited me to take a local barre workout class. Since it was my downtime from the company (classical ballet) and since I can't stay away from dancing for too long, I gladly agreed. But I had no idea that ballet barre exercises were and still are the latest trend. Just do a quick search on google and you'll find a class in almost every major … [Read more...]

Barre Workout: The Basics of Ballet

Barre workout: The Basics of Ballet are taught around the world.

What comes to mind when you think of a ballerina? Graceful, poise, strong, long muscles, tutus, yes, but also painful pointe shoes and bleeding toes, right? Now there are Barre Workout: the basics of ballet based programs that give you proper alignment, femininity and strength sansyears of painful training! How did barre workout: the basics of ballet trainings begin? ...the idea originated in London 50 years ago with famous German dancer Lotte Berk. The method was refined in the United … [Read more...]

Ballet for Health and Longevity

Ballet for health, being a ballet dancer helps for longevity according to Muriel Green

Have you noticed that ballerinas or serious ballet students look younger than their actual age? All that exercise seems to keep them youthful. Muriel, from Kings Langely in the UK, has known the benefits of ballet for health and longevity: she's just turned 107. A former ballet teacher from Kings Langley claims her life as a dancer has helped her reach the grand old age of 107. Demonstrating her flexibility, centenarian Muriel Green was high kicking her legs in the air in celebration … [Read more...]

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