Dear Katie: Why Am I Struggling With Fouettés on Pointe?
In our Dear Katie series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured! Dear Katie, I can do fouetté turns forever in flat shoes— but once I put my pointe shoes on, everything falls apart. How can […]
How To Master Manèges
A beautifully executed manège—a whirlwind series of steps performed in a circular pattern around the stage—can create a powerful, dramatic climax onstage. But while a manège is always impressive to watch, it isn’t always easy to perfect. Even the pros struggle with them: Boston Ballet principal Misa Kuranaga remembers one rehearsal of John Cranko’s Romeo […]
Troubleshooting Tap Turns: Tips for Pirouettes in Tap Shoes
You know that pirouette dream, when your placement is so perfect you can keep turning forever? That dream is the reality for highly technical tappers, who benefit from the decreased friction of their shoes. Get the placement right and, with a strong spot, they can pirouette for days. But turning in tap shoes isn’t all […]
Dear Katie: I Can't Turn!
In our “Dear Katie” series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email [email protected] for a chance to be featured! Dear Katie, I can’t turn, and it’s awful. No matter how many tips and tricks I try, I can barely pull off double pirouettes. What’s […]
Congrats to Our #TurnWithDanceSpirit Contest Winners!
Thanks to everyone who 🌀🌀🌀-ed like crazy for our #TurnWithDanceSpirit contest! We were SUPER impressed with your submissions—you guys do not mess around when you’re turning ’round. (And you really, really like to pirouette to Taylor Swift, which made us extra happy.) So, who gave us serious #turnspiration? The WINNER of #TurnWithDanceSpirit (and the proud […]
Dance Spirit Contest: Show Us Your Best Turns!
This contest has ended. It’s time to get your pirouette on! From September 5th to September 30th, we’re hosting a contest to find out who’s the best turner of them all. Put together your most impressive turning combo. Post a video online. Share your turns with us and thousands of other dancers around the world. […]
Learn to Turn
Consistent turns are a must for aspiring professional dancers, but pretty much everyone struggles with pirouettes at some point. Luckily, since we’re all beholden to the same rules of physics, there are concrete steps every dancer can take to reach his or her top turning potential. “Three is the new two when it comes to […]