Ballet Feet – What Professional Ballet Dancing Does To Your Feet?

Ballet pushes the anatomical possibilities of humans to the extreme, much like elite sports. It is a moment of wonder and awe when watching ballerinas dance an entire routine en pointe. The constant strain on the lower extremities due to pointe work- the leaping, landing, twisting, and turning- can lead to what is widely known […]

Tips For New Adult Ballet Students

The idea of canvassing the ballet world as an adult can be quite intimidating. Ballet training is complex and takes years to master. It can be exhausting to get the pirouettes, plié, and arabesque just right. Adult ballet students feel that extra pressure to pick up intricate moves and techniques as quickly as possible. However, […]

Why You’re Not Getting Stronger.

Overworked? Active and actual rest drives better results… Not training correctly? It’s always a great idea to use platforms or teachers to continually assess and evolve your training. Not enough adaption. To evolve and grow, mix it up. Mindset is key! Work on your mindset as much as your muscles. Overworked  As dancers we’re constantly […]

Flexibility – The best stretches for beginners.

Flexibility is defined as the body’s ability to move joints through an unrestricted and pain-free range of motion. The range of motion is influenced by the mobility of the soft tissues that surround the joint such as the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, and skin. Flexibility is a very important aspect of dance. Ballerinas understand […]

Equity, Diversity, And Inclusion In Ballet

Times are changing and the call for collective social change has never been louder and sweeping. Ballet and its institution are no longer elite or exclusive. The time-hollowed notions and austere traditions of ballet have perpetuated historical inequity and discrimination. The burgeoning diversity and inclusivity movement in ballet are opening doors for racially marginalised, LGBTQIA, […]

3 Tips For Dancers to Build A Healthy Relationship With Food

By our TLB team dietitian Rachel Fine.https://dancenutrition.com If you’re world turned upside down in 2020, then you’re not alone. Most dancers continue to navigate a new-normal of lockdowns, Zoom classes, and social isolation. When so much is out of our immediate control in our current lives, we can easily fall into very controlling behaviors, especially […]

Top tips to keep you motivated

With two weeks of the Fit Feb 28 challenge already under wraps its time for a hit of ballerina  motivation! The half way mark of any challenge seems to inevitably the hardest. It almost seems easier to roll right back down the hill than to push ourselves over it.  But the beauty of this challenge […]

Dealing With Injuries

A professional dance career is always marred with injuries. It is an inevitability that every dancer must deal with. It can be incredibly frustrating to deal with injuries and the recovery thereafter. Most dancers struggle to cope with the swath of free time that they are left with. The psychological implication of an injury can […]

Coping With Burnout

Burnout is understood to be a universal, innate, and prevalent human condition. Nonetheless, the stressful panorama of the competitive dance world puts dancers at a higher risk of burnout than the general population. Traits of competitive anxiety and burnout are significantly high among ballet dancers. It has become an occupational hazard. The clinical condition of […]

Q&A with the incredible Katie Boren

What inspired you to start dancing?  I was inspired to start dancing after seeing a performance of The Nutcracker when I was very young. I wasn’t even three years old, and my mom took me to see Texas Ballet Theatre’s production of the Nutcracker. Apparently, I started crying after the first act because I thought […]