Move of the Week with Deepa

“The Swan” from Pilates Mat with variations for extra focus on upper back and arm strength and flexibility: #wsite-video-container-300590674897070189{ background: url(//; } #video-iframe-300590674897070189{ background: url(//; } #wsite-video-containe […]

The Nutcracker – About This Classic Holiday Ballet

Written by Robyn JutsumThe Nutcracker is a beloved, treasured tradition. The holiday season and December at The Ballet Spot would not be complete without a trip to the Land of Sweets by way of this festive ballet. This year, things are much different, and while we may not be able to perform or attend the ballet in-person, we are nevertheless thrilled to bring this ballet staple to life! New York City Ballet in Waltz of the Flowers; Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik A brief synopsis (interpretatio […]

How The Ballet Spot Came to Be!

Written by The Ballet Spot’s founder Eliza S. TollettThough I define myself as a professional dancer, I have always loved to teach. I have been fascinated by ballet teaching principles for as long as I can remember. As a kid, “play time” in my room, was actually my chance to pretend I was the ballet teacher; and as a college student, I organized extra ballet classes for my classmates in Modern Dance who wanted a little ballet advice. As a professional dancer in NYC, […]

Balanchine’s “Jewels” – A Brief History

Written by Robyn JutsumWe’re all about keeping our community strong and positive as we slowly inch nearer to the end of what may feel like the longest year ever. And we truly have so much to look forward to throughout November! We are welcoming Christine, our newest instructor, to our team, hosting our monthly Ballet for a Cause class on November 27th, and coming up next weekend, Sips and Clips on November 15th. With so much excitement, it is fitting that this month’s the […]

Tips for Stretching from a Pro Dancer

Written by Tristan GrannumProfessional dancers are usually known for their “out of this world” flexibility and strength. Almost every dancer at some point in their training had to work towards increasing their flexibility. Stretching is one of the most important activities an individual can do to prevent future injuries and increase overall mobility. Stretching benefits your physical health and can relieve soreness and pain of the body. If you are an active person you should never ta […]

Cinderella – A Brief History of the Ballet

Written by Robyn Justum:Whether accustomed to Charles Perrault’s original fairytale, the Brothers Grimm cautionary tale (no fairy godmothers there!), Disney’s 1950 cartoon, or the 1997 Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musical starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, most are familiar with the story of Cinderella. In the spirit of pumpkin season and bringing a little extra magic to October, we are happy to introduce Cinderella as this month’s theme for Cardio Ballet!The ballet v […]

A Peak Inside Professional Company Ballet Class

Written by Tristan Grannum:Ever wondered what it’s like to take a professional Company Ballet Class? What we feel and endure physically and mentally?A normal rehearsal day for a professional ballet dancer usually begins at 9 or 10 in the morning with a Company Ballet Class. Company Class is a daily ritual for most concert dancers. Class is the fuel we need to get through an arduous rehearsal day. It gives us a moment to brush up on our technique, it allows us to test different […]

A Brief History of the Contemporary Ballet, “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated”

Written By Robyn Jutsum:So you’ve heard us hype up this month’s theme and introducing clients to contemporary ballet. And The Ballet Spot team is so thrilled that the month of September has been inspired by the fierce hallmark of William Forsythe’s choreographic resume, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.But as much as we love dancing with all of you, we also wanted to share some context for this ballet, its roots, and trajectory from inception to today. […]

The Blog @ The Barre

Welcome to The Blog @ The Barre This is your go-to Blog for tips and tricks for ballet, barre, and fitness lovers, written by current professional dancers. We will cover everything from ballet history, to stretching best practices, the life of a professional dancer, current events in ballet and fitness, effective ab and glute exercises, and MORE. Whether you’re an avid ballet enthusiast, a barre-lover, or just looking for new ways to stay in shape, keep a look out for our weekly posts with lots […]

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