Your Training: All in the Details

There are several technical hurdles that many dancers struggle to overcome, like raised shoulders and floppy wrists. Though they may seem like small details, they can stand between you and your next level—whether that’s entry to a prestigious summer intensive, a top score at a competition or even an apprentice position at a coveted company.More »

Your Training: Trying Choreography on for Size

As the dancers took their places, Justine Essis Gildea, 17, had an intense case of the jitters. But she wasn’t onstage. The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet student was watching the debut of her ballet, Mishima, part of the 2012 FirstSteps CPYB Student Choreographic Workshop. “I was more nervous than I’d ever been as a dancer,”More »

Fund Your Summer Intensive

When Pacific Northwest Ballet School student Madison Abeo was accepted into San Francisco Ballet School’s summer session on a partial scholarship, she was thrilled. But then she added up the remaining cost for the program and realized she didn’t have the funds. “I really wanted to go,” she says, “but we just couldn’t make theMore »

Ask Amy: Whip Your Turns Into Shape

Have a question? Click here to send it to Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Amy Brandt. I know the basics of pirouettes—pull up, hold your core and connect your passé—but I’m still having trouble getting around and sticking my turns. Can you suggest any tips? —MaryCateThere are so many things to remember during pirouettes that it’sMore »