What I learned from ballet (so far)

If you know me-or just read some of this blog-you know that I consider ballet the most important technique that a dancer can study. And I\’m not just biased. The foundation ballet offers is invaluable whether you go on to a professional ballet career, take up jazz, decide to be a modern dancer or whateverContinue reading “What I learned from ballet (so far)”

5 Things: Googling Google Edition

Hello! Hoping you all have had a good week! Here are some fun things I found this week. Don\’t forget to let me know what you think using the comment box below! 1) Don\’t type \”Google\” into Google Search -This clip is from Britain\’s TV show The IT Crowd about some odd but very funnyContinue reading “5 Things: Googling Google Edition”

5 Things: Maintaining Sanity Edition

Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm, The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word.                                    -Emma Lazarus, \”The Feast of Lights\” First of all, I wish all my Jewish brothers and sisters a happy and peaceful Chanukah! (For those who don\’t know, Chanukah begins at sundown on December 8th this year) So, it\’sContinue reading “5 Things: Maintaining Sanity Edition”

Blogging Ballet: Why is ballet {still} important?

We have a lot of interesting ballet-related conversations at my house. Even those guests who have never taken a ballet class in their lives realize-from having known me for so many years-the value that ballet has for both dancer and spectator. Because of a recent conversation (and the impending Nutcracker season) it seemed like a good time toContinue reading “Blogging Ballet: Why is ballet {still} important?”

Blogging Ballet: The Nutcracker

If you\’re like me, The Nutcracker was probably some of the first exposure you had to ballet. It\’s an annual tradition around Christmastime and most cities feature at least one version (sometimes with Harleys or Hip Hop!) to enjoy. The interesting thing is that this annual tradition was not well-received at its first performance. In fact, theContinue reading “Blogging Ballet: The Nutcracker”

Blogging Ballet: Marie Taglioni (1804-1884)

Marie Taglioni was the first of the great ballerinas in the history of the art. Her father Filippo Taglioni was a famous Italian teacher and choreographer of the time which contributed to her success. Filippo would make his daughter work incredibly hard-often beyond the brink of exhaustion-but the pair became quite a team authoring theirContinue reading “Blogging Ballet: Marie Taglioni (1804-1884)”

Blogging Ballet: Puss in Boots Style

By now you have probably heard South Korean rapper Psy\’s major international hit \”Gangnam Style\” and more likely you have seen the dance performed by school kids, military folks, and members of the media. What in the world could this possibly have to do with ballet? Well, I\’ll tell you! While in production for theirContinue reading “Blogging Ballet: Puss in Boots Style”