A Brief History of Swan Lake

Swan Lake: A brief history of this famous ballet

Swan Lake is arguably one of, if not the, most recognized Classical ballet (a nod to the Nutcracker is perhaps due. Don’t worry, it will have its turn in the spotlight come December!). And its history and evolution has spanned far and wide, from its traditional origins all the way to iterations such as Matthew Bourne’s contemporary interpretation and the pop culture buzzy “Black Swan” starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. 

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Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs” – A brief history.

Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet photo by Bill Cooper Written by Robyn Jutsum​We are already halfway through October, but that means we still have a few weeks of dancing through our Cardio Ballet combos inspired by Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs! Be sure to join us on Sunday, October 17th for Sips & Clips, where we’ll watch clips from the ballet and discuss the ballet in more detail. Learn more here.A popular piece to find in many companies’ repertoires to t […]

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George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” – A brief history of the ballet.

Dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet Sara Mearns and Teresa Reichlen NYCB photo by Paul Kolnik Written by Robyn JutsumSeptember’s Cardio Ballet combos are inspired by George Balanchine’s 1941 ballet, Concerto Barocco, danced to Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins. The ballet was first designed as an exercise for the students of the School of American Ballet (SAB), the training school […]

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Les Sylphides – A brief history of the ballet

First Performance in London 1911 Digital Scan from Ballet Panorama- An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Centuries Photo by Theo Kossenas Media 4 Artists of Washington Ballet in Les Sylphides Written by Robyn Jutsum​Les Sylphides, not to be confused with La Sylphide (a Romantic two-act ballet choreographed by August Bournonville in 1836) is considered the first plotless, or abstract, ballet. It was ch […]

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Move of the Week – Swan Arms for Beautiful Port de Bras

Check out the video below to learn the secret to those gorgeous swan arms and lean back and arms of ballerinas! This exercise is taught by The Ballet Spot’s founder and owner, and professional dancer, Eliza S. Tollett.The iconic swan arms from the ballet Swan Lake aren’t just for ballerinas – anyone can practice swan arms to strengthen your back and arm muscles! Bonus – this exercise will improve posture and core strength as well. And you don’t need any prior dance experience to give t […]

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Move of the Week – Strengthen your abdominals for dancing!

Did you know that abs are for more than just looks? It’s important to have SUPER strong abdominals to support your movement no matter what your exercise of choice! And crunches are SO 2015…. The most effective exercises for abs include movements that engage multiple muscle groups and lengthen and strengthen at the same time.Here are some easy but powerful exercises for strong abs and core taught by our instructor and pro dancer Colby!Join Colby for Total Body Barre Express on Fridays at Noon E […]

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Move of the Week – Exercise to Improve Turnout

Properly held turnout is important for ballet not just because it looks good – it’s so important to learn to use the correct muscles so your hips, knees, and ankles stay healthy and strong!This is an easy and effective exercise taught by Ballet Spot Instructor and Marketing Manager, Robyn, that you can do at home to improve the mobility and strength of your hip rotation. Practice this exercise standing up as well as on the mat. Make sure to lift your abdominals to engage your core and hold your […]

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Move of the Week – Proper placement for ballet, the basics

Here’s a basic exercise that dancers of any level can do at home to practice placement for ballet taught by our Beginner Ballet and Cardio Ballet instructor and pro dancer Jennifer.Start with one hand on the barre, standing tall, find your natural rotation into first position. As you plié and relevé keep your pelvis in neutral and your shoulders right over your hips.As instructors, we typically see shoulders forward and hips back in plié and then students often throw their s […]

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