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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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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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