The Benefits Of The Pigeon Pose For Dancers

Pigeon Pose Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Let’s look at the benefits of the pigeon pose for dancers and how you can use it to improve your dancing skills. The King Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) is one of Yoga’s super poses! This pose can truly be called a full-body pose because it targets so many muscles, and opens many different joints … Read more

What Are Axel Jumps And How Do You Do Them?

If you have been a dancer for any length of time, especially a modern dancer then you have probably heard of axel jumps or axel turning jumps. What exactly are they and how do you execute them neatly? Here is a visual of axel jumps in the form of a video. This is a preparation … Read more

The Importance Of Calf And Ankle Flexibility Exercises

calf and ankle flexibility

Let’s take a look at calf and ankle flexibility exercises, as these can be very important for dancers. Having strong calves and ankles will help to prevent injury and also make your dancing look stronger and your allegro will improve in leaps and bounds. If you want to better understand the reason why your ankle … Read more

How To Do A Grand Jete or Split Leap

how to do a grand jete

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

What Is Attitude In Dance?

what is attitude in dance

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

How To Open Out Your Hips With Stretches

how to open out your hips

In this article, I am going to explore how to open out your hips especially focused on dancers, but anyone can benefit from doing these stretches, even if you have two left feet. Hip flexibility isn’t just for dancers, athletes, or yogis; it’s a crucial aspect of anyone’s physical health. Tight hips can lead to … Read more

Turns In Ballet and Why They Are Done

turns in ballet

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?

what is toe curling

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