How To Do A Grand Jete or Split Leap

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In this article, we are going to look at how to do a Grand Jeté and how to improve your leaps. A Grand Jeté is an awesome-looking ballet trick or movement in which the dancer leaps into the air and does a split.  If done properly, it looks as though the dancer is hovering in … Read more

How To Improve Your Layouts In Your Modern Dancing

how to improve your layouts in modern dance

Let’s look at layouts in modern dancing and how you can improve your layouts. There are generally three important layout lines in modern dancing. To achieve any of these lines, it helps if the dancer is supple, strong, and understands how to hold their torso firmly. So it is a good idea first to strengthen … Read more

Ballet Stretch Exercises

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Ballet dancers aim to be strong, slim and flexible. That is why they need to do a lot of ballet stretching exercises to keep their bodies supple. Here are some ideas and ballet stretch exercises to look at doing regularly. Although certain muscle groups predominate, a ballet dancer uses all of their muscle groups. As … Read more

What Is Attitude In Dance?

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What is attitude in dance? Apart from the attitude a dancer is giving you, I am actually referring to the attitude step. Attitudes are derived from ballet, but other dance forms like jazz and contemporary also use the attitude leg a lot. What Is An Attitude? Here is an explanation of the attitude in dance, … Read more

Turns In Ballet and Why They Are Done

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When I think of turns in ballet, I think of the ballerina in a jewelry box turning round and round. You then realize that some of ballet’s enduring magic would be nothing without those impressive turns you see on the stage. Just like those soaring leaps, turns are what the audience loves to see, and … Read more

Cambre In Ballet

cambre in ballet

Cambre in ballet is a French term in ballet that means arched. It also means ‘to throw out one’s chest.’ In ballet, we don’t actually throw our chests out, as you would do some serious damage. Instead, the dancer would bend gently to the back, side, or front, or even in a circular motion. If … Read more

What Is Toe Curling And Why You Shouldn’t Do It In Ballet?

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What Is Toe Curling In Ballet? Toe-curling in ballet normally happens when dancers try to point their feet, and to get it to look pointed, they curl their toes under, thinking that this will enhance the look of their feet. Although curling the toes often seems like a little thing since it is “just the … Read more

How To Do Isolations In Dance

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In Jazz Dancing Isolations play a huge role in the look of the dance. Isolations in dance can be done on various body parts, and the trick is to isolate those body parts without it affecting the rest of your body. Hip-hop dancers and contemporary dancers will also find that learning to do isolations can … Read more

Imaginative Story Ideas For Dance Class

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If you are looking for imaginative story ideas for your dance classes, this is one that my little ones love. You can use it for any form of dancing or even a drama class. I find that this idea works well for children between the ages of four and seven years old. Imaginative Story Ideas … Read more