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Perfect Your Penché

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Have you been dreaming of getting your leg to 6 o'clock in your penché? It is a versatile skill that is used across many disciplines, from traditional ballet to jazz and modern techniques as well. The penché is an amazing feat of flexibility and strength that is often difficult to perform. However, once accomplished, it is a graceful addition to any dancer’s repertoire. Most often dancers will focus on the flexibility aspect of the penché. This is of course an important component if you seek to achieve a 180 degree split in your penché. The penché basically takes a regular split...

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Technique Tidbits: Arabesque

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Arabesque: an artistic portrayal of flowing lines. This original definition, while not the common description in any dance textbook, absolutely encompasses what a dancer strives for. An effortless flow of the arabesque line is a wonderfully achievable goal. Having trouble finding the correct position? Take a look at these technique tips and watch that leg reach new heights…literally!   If you have auditioned for any type of summer or college dance program, odds are you have had to submit a photo of your first arabesque. For many, finding the perfect shot is a dreaded process. What are these programs looking for?...

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Injury Edition: Good Pain VS Bad Pain - Muscles

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More often than not, dancers focus on flexibility and strength in order to avoid injury. A dancer constantly pushes the body to the extreme and if this intense regime is not carefully monitored, injury is more likely to occur. “No pain, no gain” is not always the best mantra, but many dancers, known for their commitment to the art, keep pushing through.   How can you tell if you are simply feeling sore or if you are feeling the pangs of an injury? It takes experience and a keen sense of body awareness to sift out injury from daily soreness...

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Carmen through the years.

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Left side: Alicia Alonso. This picture is from the ballet "Carmen" in which she performed for the first time in 1965. Right side: "Carmen" on a more current performance by Svetlana Zakharova. What do you  think about this picture? Which version do you like the most? Leave us your thoughts in the comment.   Check out today's program for side developpes!  http://easyflexibility.com/collections/ballet/products/developpe-a-la-seconde-all-levels

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Getting Back to Dance Classes

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There’s a saying that goes by “Once a dancer, always a dancer”. Maybe you started dance as a kid, maybe as a hobby, maybe you tried to get to a professional level with it but somehow life got in the way, or maybe you were a professional and for whatever reason you had to stop dancing. One thing is for sure, even if you stop dancing for whatever reason, the love for it never goes away.   Having stopped dancing for a couple years myself, I know what it’s like to watch a ballet and feel nostalgic, to feel the...

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