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
We’ve been working on developes and Cecchetti 3rd port de bra in class. To help my students cope with the physical demands these two things place on them we looked at some ‘conditioning’ (strengthening) exercises. My students requested I put them online so they could refer back to them during the week. So here they are.… Continue reading Strengthening up for ballet
Following on from Part 1, I’ve been looking at my own motivation for joining a dance class in the different styles I’ve done. What are my own goals for starting a dance class? It comes down to the music, and a desire to understand better how to express myself within that music. From the complex… Continue reading Goals for beginner dancers Pt 2
We’re halfway through first term, and as usual my students vary in ballet and dance experience from absolute beginners to people who danced through their childhood, teenage years and beyond. One of my new beginners explained they wanted clear goals to work towards. What kind of goals are appropriate for a beginner adult ballet student? A good… Continue reading Goals for beginner adult ballet students
I take my students through a pilates exercise or two during our warm-up for class. (A good warm-up is much needed when you’re an adult!) Why pilates? I’ve been thinking through this for quite a while. I’m a bit of a geek, I admit, and geek out on subjects I love. I’ve been fascinated with… Continue reading Why pilates?