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Blacks in Ballet – A Brief History, Featuring Lauren Anderson, Eric Underwood, and Misty Copeland

Written by Tristan GrannumClassical Ballet is an art form with foundational roots in Europe. Due to this, many ballet companies have lacked diversity and often only hired white dancers. On average, American ballet companies have less than 10% of its dancers being non-white dancers. As the ballet world has gradually progressed, so has the demographics of ballet companies and their dancers. There are several reasons why many ballet companies have had a shortage of black dancers. One common misconc […]

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New Post – Toe Hook Twister for Balance and Flexibility

Follow along with Strength & Stretch and Ballet for Toddlers instructor and pro dancer Ali, as she leads you through the Toe Hook Twister – an exercise for balance, stability and flexibility. She will offer modifications so everyone can benefit from this exercise, no matter your level! #wsite-video-container-233019676538341879{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696-305794482646037940/ali_move_of_the_week_feb_1_338.jpg); […]

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Move of the Week – Seated C Stretch for Posture and Length

Watch the video below to follow along with Liz, our Stretch and Ballet Breathe & Flow instructor, as well as a professional dancer, as she guides you through a brief Seated C Stretch. This brief but powerful movement will improve your posture and torso flexibility and strength.It only takes a moment, so you can do it anywhere, anytime! #wsite-video-container-495711891581178564{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696-305794482646 […]

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Move of the Week – Superhuman for a Strong Core

Follow along with Ballet and Barre instructor and pro dancer, Christine, as she guides you through “Superhuman” an excellent move for strengthening your entire core! She will also offer modifications so you can work your way up to the full range of motion. #wsite-video-container-364770389540417087{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696-305794482646037940/mow_v_up_roll_superhuman_christine__1__155.jpg); } #video-ifram […]

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Move of the Week – Ballet Hands Taught by Founder and Owner Eliza

As a ballet teacher, the question I always get is, “what do I do with my hands?” Well, it’s not as easy as it looks! Check out this quick exercise for graceful and articulate ballerina fingers, taught by The Ballet Spot’s founder and owner Eliza. Sometimes it’s the things that appear to be the easiest that are the most challenging :)As ballet student, we are trained in how to hold our hands from the very beginning, but in reality, we continue to refine the details throughout our career! There ar […]

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George Balanchine’s “Serenade” – A Brief History of the Ballet

Written by Robyn JutsumAs we welcome a new year and aspire to a better, more unified, more peaceful road ahead, we are pleased to focus our attention on January’s theme, George Balanchine’s Serenade! We are thoroughly enjoying dancing through the month with our Serenade-inspired cardio ballet combos.If you are interested in participating in this month’s virtual performance, be sure to join Jennifer for her classes on Mondays and Saturdays to learn her combo, check out our IGTV […]

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Move of the Week with Deepa

“The Swan” from Pilates Mat with variations for extra focus on upper back and arm strength and flexibility: #wsite-video-container-300590674897070189{ background: url(//www.weebly.com/uploads/b/88703696-305794482646037940/deepa_move_of_the_week_january_4th_940.jpg); } #video-iframe-300590674897070189{ background: url(//cdn2.editmysite.com/images/util/videojs/play-icon.png?1608316647); } #wsite-video-containe […]

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The Nutcracker – About This Classic Holiday Ballet

Written by Robyn JutsumThe Nutcracker is a beloved, treasured tradition. The holiday season and December at The Ballet Spot would not be complete without a trip to the Land of Sweets by way of this festive ballet. This year, things are much different, and while we may not be able to perform or attend the ballet in-person, we are nevertheless thrilled to bring this ballet staple to life! New York City Ballet in Waltz of the Flowers; Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik A brief synopsis (interpretatio […]

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How The Ballet Spot Came to Be!

Written by The Ballet Spot’s founder Eliza S. TollettThough I define myself as a professional dancer, I have always loved to teach. I have been fascinated by ballet teaching principles for as long as I can remember. As a kid, “play time” in my room, was actually my chance to pretend I was the ballet teacher; and as a college student, I organized extra ballet classes for my classmates in Modern Dance who wanted a little ballet advice. As a professional dancer in NYC, […]

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Balanchine’s “Jewels” – A Brief History

Written by Robyn JutsumWe’re all about keeping our community strong and positive as we slowly inch nearer to the end of what may feel like the longest year ever. And we truly have so much to look forward to throughout November! We are welcoming Christine, our newest instructor, to our team, hosting our monthly Ballet for a Cause class on November 27th, and coming up next weekend, Sips and Clips on November 15th. With so much excitement, it is fitting that this month’s the […]

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