Tag: ballet

How to Keep Jealousy From Taking Over Your Dance Life

How to Keep Jealousy From Taking Over Your Dance Life

To adapt the immortal lyrics of Olivia Rodrigo, “co-comparison is killing [dancers] slowly.” No surprise, when you consider what dance is: a highly competitive artform practiced in front of a mirror, shared on social media with easily compared stats, and set against the backdrop of a pandemic that’s inhibiting training and sidelining careers. Everyone (and […]

Vanessa Torres The Turning Pointe

Next on Your Reading List: “The Turning Pointe”

Looking for a gripping read between competition rehearsals? If you like family drama, fierce competition and out-of-the-box characters (as in, the stereotypical cutthroat ballet master is actually the main character’s father…yikes!), you may want to pick up debut author Vanessa Torres’ The Turning Pointe, which hits bookshelves February 22. Not to be confused with Turning […]

5 of the most romantic pas de deux in classical ballet

5 of the Most Romantic Pas de Deux in Classical Ballet

Classical ballets may vary in style, setting and plot, but one theme unites the most famous ballets: love. These five lovely pas de deux—French for “step of two”—are the ballet equivalent of a lacy paper valentine or heart-shaped box of chocolates: sweet, romantic, and perfect to enjoy around Valentine’s Day. The Balcony Pas de Deux […]

Which Nutcracker Sweet Are You?

Most everyone has a favorite scene from Act II of The Nutcracker. But there’s a difference between which variation you love and which Nutcracker sweet really captures your essence. Keep track of your answers and scroll to find out which one best represents your personality. 1. Pick a Thanksgiving food: a. turkey b. cranberry sauce […]

The “Uncheat-able” Turns: How to Master Pirouettes From Fifth

While pirouettes from fifth position are not the flashiest turns in the ballet toolbox (we see you, fouettés), they are still one of the most technical. Turning from a tighter base—fifth position as opposed to fourth—makes it challenging to access and maintain momentum in the step, especially when the coordination is off. But when all […]

The Dos and Don'ts of Partnering

Few things are as nerve-racking as partnering class, especially when you’re a newbie. No matter the genre, the stakes feel high—and the potential for awkwardness feels unlimited. How do you avoid smacking your partner in the face? How do you communicate a problem without causing a major conflict? Dance Spirit spoke with some partnering pros […]