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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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What is Contemporary Ballet?

Written by Robyn JutsumAs we make our way into May, we are thrilled to introduce new events and features here at The Ballet Spot. One of our many exciting announcements this Spring is the start of our Stars of Ballet Series which kicked off in April with a Le Corsaire-inspired class led by ABT Soloist, Luciana Paris. Over the next few weeks, Larissa Gerszke of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Adji Cissoko of Lines Ballet, and formerly of National Ballet of Canada, will each be tea […]

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Move of the Week – Bridging to Strengthen Your Legs for Ballet

Bridging is a great exercise for leg strength, knee alignment, and core stability, which is especially helpful for jumps in ballet. Check out these tips for practicing bridging, taught by pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor Jennifer! Bridges can be done on their own, or as a warm-up for a ballet class.Join Jennifer for virtual Beginner Ballet on Mondays at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT, as well as Cardio Ballet in Central Park and on Zoom Saturdays at 11:00am Et / 8:00am PT. […]

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Move of the Week – Challenging Plank Series For Strong Abdoniminals

This week’s Move of the Week is a challenging plank series taught by pro dancer and Ballet Spot instructor, Ali! In addition to challenging your abdominals, this series targets your back, arms, and legs. A strong core is super important for ballet and dancing, as well as for everyday life to prevent injury, and improve posture and bone and joint health.For more challenging and fun exercises, join Ali for Ballet Strength on Tuesdays at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT and Sundays at 11:00am ET / 8:00am PT a […]

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“Le Corsaire” – A Brief History of the Ballet and the Controversy Around It

Boston Ballet in Ivan Liskas “Le Corsaire” “Le Corsaire” Virna Toppi, Alessandra Vassallo, and Maria Celeste Losa, Photo: Brescia-e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala 2018 Written by Robyn JutsumAs we enter the second half of April (already?!), we are immersing ourselves in this month’s theme, Le Corsaire (French translation of ‘the pirate’)! The music was composed by Adolphe Adam initially, a […]

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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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