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Move of the Week – Exercises for Ankle Agility and Endurance

Follow along with Ballet Spot instructor and Radio City Rockette, Sam, as she guides you through 3 exercises for ankle agility and endurance, that you can do at home! These exercises will help your feet to feel stronger and more stable throughout an entire dance class.Join Sam for a virtual Rockette-Style Precision Dance Workshop on Friday 4/16 at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on Zoom. No prior dance experience is needed. #wsite-video-container-429543085142111764{ […]

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Move of the Week – Heel Raises and Balancing for Strong Ankles and Feet

Watch the 90 second video below to follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor, Liz, as she guides you through two brief and effective exercises for ankle and foot stability. These are great exercises to do daily – with some consistent practice, you’ll start to notice a solid foundation makes your entire body feel stronger!You will need a lacrosse ball or tennis ball and something to hold onto for balance.Join Liz for Ballet Breathe & Flow Saturdays at 2pm ET / 11am PT and Stretc […]

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Move of the Week – Scissor for Flexibility and Core Strength

Here’s our Move of the Week! The Scissor taught by pro dancer, and Barre and Cardio Ballet instructor Christine. This is a fabulous exercise for flexibility and core strength. Enjoy!Join Christine for Cardio Ballet Tuesdays at 7:30pm ET and Thursdays at 7:00pm ET and Total Body Barre Mondays at 9:00am ET #wsite-video-container-560438179449544807{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696-305794482646037940/week_of_3.22.21_christine_mov […]

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Move of the Week – Wall Push-Ups for Upper Body Power

Watch the video below to follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Sculpt Express instructor Quincie as she guides you through a quick and challenging move for upper body strength and power. She will offer modifications and bonus challenges so you can get the most out of the exercise no matter your level!Join Quincie for Ballet Sculpt Express Saturdays at Noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom. #wsite-video-container-161024653491822487{ background: url(//www […]

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Move of the Week – Pilates Bridges for Healthy Knees

Follow along with pro dancer, and Cardio Ballet and Pilates instructor Deepa as she guides you through correct alignment for a Pilates Bridge to keep your knees healthy and happy. This is a quick and challenging exercise that you can do from home! She will add in extra challenges, that you can add in as you feel ready.Join Deep for Pilates Mat every Wednesday at 6:15pm ET / 3:15pm PT, as well as Cardio Ballet on Wednesdays at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT and Sundays at Noon ET / 9am PT all on Zoom! No […]

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“In the Upper Room” – A brief history of Twyla Tharp’s exhilarating ballet!

Written by Robyn JutsumAs we enter Women’s History Month, The Ballet Spot is taking Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room as inspiration for our Cardio Ballet combos. This contemporary ballet is an athletic, exhilarating, dynamic display of professional prowess, and we’re excited to introduce you to the movements and music that bring the piece to life.In the Upper Room premiered on August 28th, 1986 with the Twyla Tharp Dance Company at the Murray Theatre at Ravinia in Hi […]

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Move of the Week – Forearm Plank for A Strong Core

Watch the video below for a 30-second tutorial, taught by founder and owner Eliza, on how to properly do a forearm plank to strengthen your entire core! Planks are a great way to warm-up for ballet class and to build the proper strength to hold positions and control your graceful ballet movements.Join Eliza for Cardio Ballet and Total Body Barre to put your strong core muscles to work! #wsite-video-container-775124736712925501{ background: url(/ […]

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Move of the Week – Échappé – A Ballet Jump to Strengthen Your Legs!

Watch the 20-second video below to follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Jennifer, as she guides you through the basics of an échappé, a fun and challenging ballet jump that is great for leg strength. Repeat several times in a row for a cardio and muscular endurance challenge!Echappé is a jump in ballet, where you open and close your legs. It’s an excellent basic ballet step to build leg strength and increase endurance. You don’t need any prior dance experi […]

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Giselle – A Brief History on the Beautiful Romantic Ballet

Written by Robyn JutsumWhat better way to celebrate the month of love than with the Romantic storybook ballet, Giselle!Originally choreographed by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli with music by Adolphe Adam, the version we are most familiar with today is actually based on a revival Marius Petipa created in St. Petersburg. It is also one of the first full-length ballets to be performed en pointe.The ballet is a two-act ballet taking place in a small village along the Rhine (Act I) followed by a grav […]

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Move of the Week – Proper Foot Articulation for Ballet

Follow along with Total Body Barre instructor and Pro Dancer, Colby, as she guides you through a 30-second exercise for proper articulation of your foot and ankle in ballet! You’ll need a counter or a chair for balance. Remember to practice on both sides and then join Colby for Total Body Barre Express on Fridays at Noon to put your foot articulation to work 🙂 #wsite-video-container-470773583725406808{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b […]

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