Coppelia! Offbeat is performing a variation of Coppelia in early October! I love costumes. I love sewing. When I started teaching ballet I focused on being the best teacher I could for my students, and never dreamed of my students performing. Yet, in Offbeat’s recent holiday program the wonderful Jacinta (Repertoire and pointe teacher) taught… Continue reading Coppelia wears ….?
I saw this lovely graphic on pinterest, of the ballet positions of the body, drawn with a ‘curvy’ ballerina. (The fact she has red curly hair is just a bonus right? ;-D) It makes this one, the classic one you see everywhere, look a tiny bit prissy. As a teacher, it’s hard to explain to… Continue reading Real bodies for real ballerinas
Hey! It’s holidays! No ballet till January!!! Woohoo, school’s out! So… how long can you go without your ballet fix? Me, I last about one and a half weeks.. As a teacher my technique needs to be good – I need a nice strong body. And I need to be able to demonstrate well (until… Continue reading Ballet Practice with video help
Dear Tropical Tutu Brigade, did you ever own a ballerina music box? Or perhaps your mother or grandmother or great aunt had one? I remember winding, opening and delighting in watching the tiny dancer twirl to picked and plucked strains of Clair de Lune, played here by Laurens Goedhart. (SoundCloud / IMDb / Website) [CC BY… Continue reading Ballerina Music Boxes
My friend, professional photographer (Captured by Kahdi) and I headed over to Darwin’s Botanical Gardens the other day for a photo shoot. I wore my prettiest dress and took my old pointe shoes (the ones that don’t fit properly – ouchy!). There’s a special meaning to photographs on and around this tree. I used to… Continue reading Ballet in the Botanical Gardens
I’ve become fascinated with the way ballet creates a sense of length and line. Adults come in more shapes and sizes than little kids tend to, but no matter what their shapes, when my students do ballet their bodies seem to become longer, lengthened and far more expressive. And contrary to myth, it isn’t about… Continue reading Length and line