New Year’s Resolution: Nail Your Audition Variation

Prepping a variation for your upcoming auditions? If the Paquita music you downloaded from iTunes isn’t a ballet-friendly speed, try the Tempo SlowMo app, which lets you import songs from your music library and adjust their tempo—between 20 and 250 percent of the original speed—without changing pitch. The app’s helpful markers make rehearsal more efficient.More »

Planning Plan B

Young in "Nashville's Nutcracker" (photo by Karen Kipley, courtesy Nashville Ballet)

Reduce the disappointment of a college rejection by having a strong backup plan. Kristin Young’s family is a legacy at Indiana University. While they weren’t dancers, both her mother and her sister had attended IU, and she grew up near Indianapolis making regular pilgrimages to Bloomington for sports events. So when the rejection to IU’sMore »

Beyond Ballet Class

Julie Van Camp teaching dance and aesthetics to Colorado Ballet Academy students (photo courtesy Colorado Ballet)

When choosing a pre-professional program, many dancers focus on the number of hours they’ll spend training in the studio. But technique is only one ingredient in the recipe for making a professional dancer. To produce well-rounded artists, many ballet schools are expanding their curriculums to include classes in dance history, science, stagecraft and career counseling.More »

Ask Amy: Reaching Your Healthy Weight

Have a question? Click here to send it to Pointe editor and former dancer Amy Brandt.   At my last checkup my doctor said I needed to gain weight. I’m 91 pounds and 5′ 3″. I understand the health risks of being underweight, especially since I’m 17 and haven’t gotten my period yet, but I likeMore »

Small Fish, Big Pond

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre corps member Caitlin Peabody was dancing famously at her small variety-dance school in Derry, New Hampshire, as a young student. She had so much potential that her instructor encouraged her to audition for Boston Ballet’s summer intensive, and she was accepted. Months earlier, she had starred as Cinderella in her school’s production.More »

Hindsight is 20/20

Maria KowroskiPrincipal, New York City BalletI had to learn to stay focused on myself, and not let other people’s successes and opportunities interfere with my own life. Being too focused on other people can give your career a negative twist. Everyone has his or her own path. I really struggled with perfectionism, too. If IMore »

Fresh Corrections

Growing up, Houston Ballet soloist Allison Miller often heard teachers compare the feeling you have during pirouettes to a corkscrew. But then her teacher, Diane Partington in Ellenton, Florida, offered up a surprising new analogy. Partington suggested Miller imagine a bank tube—a simple cylinder that uses suction to transport a round canister from a customer’sMore »

The Great Pointe Debate

As a pre-professional dancer, you need training that will help you transition as smoothly as possible into the rigorous environment of a professional ballet company. Among other considerations, that means developing strong and seamless pointework. Chances are, you’re spending a lot of your classes and rehearsal time in pointe shoes right now. That said, thereMore »