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George Balanchine’s “Stars & Stripes” – A brief history of the ballet

New York City Ballet in “Stars & Stripes” Written by Robyn JutsumWhat better way to celebrate July than with some tried and true red, white, and blue courtesy of George Balanchine? July’s theme is Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes with the music of John Philip Sousa, orchestrated by Hershy Kay. Stars and Stripes premiered on January 17th, 1958 at the City Center of Music and Drama (New York City Center) in Manhattan. The original cast included Allegra Kent, Diana Adams, Melissa Ha […]

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Tips for Better Balance in Ballet!

Wondering how ballerinas learn to balance on their toes? It’s all about practicing the fundamentals with correct placement and technique!Watch the quick video below for tips to balance better in ballet taught by professional dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Liz. Learn to access your strongest and best natural turnout and stand with your best posture to maintain your center when on relevé. Practice this daily, and practice in different ballet positions to feel more confident in ballet cla […]

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Bridging to Target All 3 Glute Muscle Groups

Follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Quincie, as she guides you through a series of bridging exercises to target all 3 glute muscle groups. These are great exercises to increase strength for dancing and maintain healthy knees and hips.It’s important to remember, dancers work hard for their strong and toned legs! In addition to dancing, most dancers do exercises to prevent injury.One of the most important muscle groups that dancers focus on are glutes. You may have heard of the […]

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“Center Stage” – About this iconic movie and why we chose it for our classes in June!

Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures Written by Robyn JutsumJune is here which means we are one step closer to Summer! As the weather warms up, life starts to open up, and we look ahead to sunnier days, we look forward to continuing to dance with all of you virtually, outdoors, and On Demand!This month, we are shaking things up! Instead of focusing on one specific ballet in our Cardio Ballet classes, June&rs […]

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Move of the Week – Pilates Abdominal Series for a Strong Core!

Watch the video below to follow along with pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor, Deepa, as she guides you through her Pilates Mat abdominal series. These exercises are great to do everyday to strengthen your core!Join Deepa for Pilates Mat Wednesdays at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT on Zoom.You can also join Deepa for Cardio Ballet Wednesdays at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT and Cardio Ballet Pop Hits Sundays at Noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom. #wsite-video-container-998 […]

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Move of the Week – Spotting for Pirouettes

Try this exercise to improve your spotting for pirouettes in ballet taught by The Ballet Spot’s founder and owner Eliza. Remember to practice on both sides! Spotting is tricky, so be patient and practice often.Pirouettes are endlessly challenging, but one easy way to improve is to practice your spot! There are lots of elements that go into a proper ballet turn – proper preparation, strong position during the turn, controlled turnout, square hips, strong standing leg……. – but without a strong […]

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Move of the Week – Dance Cardio!

The most fun way to get your cardio in – DANCING! Follow along in the short video below with pro dancer and Total Body Barre instructor Colby, as she teaches you a few simple and effective moves to get challenge your heart. Then turn on some music and start grooving!Join Colby for Total Body Barre Express (45min) Fridays at Noon ET / 9:00am PT on Zoom. #wsite-video-container-512784553681798422{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696 […]

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Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo” – A Brief History of this Fun, Theatrical Ballet!

Agnes De Mille in “Rodeo” Michelle McLaughlin and Asael Picasso photo by Barry Goyette.jpg Written by Robyn JutsumHappy May! This month, The Ballet Spot is headed to the Wild Wild West with our new theme, Rodeo, choreographed by Agnes De Mille! This cowboy ballet premiered in 1942 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and music by Aaron Copland.To give you an int […]

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Move of the Week – Upper Back Strength & Flexibility for Improved Posture and Port de Bras

Watch the quick video below for some simple and effective ways to stretch and strengthen your upper back taught by pro dancer, and Ballet Spot instructor and Marketing Manager Robyn! These exercises will help improve posture as well as port de bras for ballet class.Join Robyn for Total Body Barre on Mondays at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT and Sundays at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT, as well as Cardio Ballet on Thursdays at 8:00am ET / 5:00am PT (for all you earl birds). […]

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Move of the Week – Active Stretching to Lengthen Your Thigh Muscles

This week’s move is a series of active stretches to lengthen the front and back of your thighs! This series is taught by Daniel, a professional dancer, certified trainer, and former American Ballet Theatre Corps de Ballet member. Active stretching is a fabulous way to keep your muscles long and strong for dancing!Join Daniel for Active Dynamic Stretch on Saturdays at 10:00am ET / 7:00am PT on Zoom! #wsite-video-container-739529915331927385{ back […]

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