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Ballet FAQs | Ballet and Dance Frequently Asked Questions

See a list of frequently asked questions on ballet and dance terms and positions. Find answers to some common ballet and dance questions at AtlantaBallet.com.

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Look to this article in order to get a brief overview of a dancer's life...this may answer your quick questions!

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A Day In The Life Of Ballet Shoes

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A baseball player has his bat, a photographer his camera -- every pro has the perfect piece of equipment that helps them excel at what they do. Ballerinas and their pointe shoes are no different.

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While this may be secified to just ballet, this video sends out a very important message.  There is a lot that goes into dance, and that includes the accessories.  Shoes, whethere they be jazz, ballet, tap, etc. must fit well.  This also goes for tights, leotards, etc.

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Life as a Dancer

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This is a great website!  If you're wondering what you are getting yourself into with a professional dance career, this explains a lot!

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Ballet Dancers In Everyday Life ! | Just Imagine - Daily Dose of Creativity

Ballet Dancers In Everyday Life ! | Just Imagine - Daily Dose of Creativity | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it

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Ask Colin: ballet training | Behind Ballet

Ask Colin: ballet training | Behind Ballet | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Hello, I am very interested in the training that the dancers have to undertake and the age that they start in order for them to be at a standard in which to dance with the company. Chloe.

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This Q&A points out something that most people don't understand... DANCERS MUST START EARLY.  To be able to form a career for yourself in dance, you must be able to help your body develope in a way that will be suitable for dance.  This means pointed and arched feet, straight back, long neck, flexibility, etc.

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Andrea Torres: Life lessons from a determined dancer - MiamiHerald.com

Andrea Torres: Life lessons from a determined dancer - MiamiHerald.com | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it

Staff writer Andrea Torres chronicles her breast cancer experiences in Tropical Life. Read previous columns at MiamiHerald.com/health. (June 26, 2012)


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Dance Team – Elements of a Successful Dancer

Dance Team – Elements of a Successful Dancer | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Dancing doesn't always come easy - even for professional dancers, but this guide will help you learn how to be the best dancer possible.

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The Elements of Dance

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What is Dance? Dance is the art form in which human movement becomes the medium for sensing, understanding, and communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences. Dance provides a way of learning—one that develops communication abilities, problem solving techniques, and creative and critical thinking skills along with kinesthetic abilities. At its core, the goal of dance education is to engage students in artistic experiences through the processes of creation, performance and response. The Elements of Dance Dance has its own content, vocabulary, skills, and techniques, which must be understood and applied to be proficient in the art. The elements of dance are the foundational concepts and vocabulary for developing movement skills as well as understanding dance as an art form. All these elements are simultaneously present in a dance or even in a short movement phrase.


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Dancer Spotlight: Molly Wagner | KC Ballet

Dancer Molly Wagner has just completed her first season with Kansas City Ballet. In this video, hear Molly talk about how she got started in ballet training, and why she loves to dance.

 

 


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Behind the Curtain: Allegro Brillante | KC Ballet

Dancers Tempe Ostergren & Anthony Krutzkamp talk about their lead roles in George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, which is on our fall program, Oct. 11-20 at the Kauffman Center.


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Dancing statistics: explaining the statistical concept of correlation through dance

A four minute film demonstrating the statistical concept of correlation through dance. Project title: 'Communicating Psychology to the Public through Dance' ...

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Sarah Draugelis: 10 Reasons Why I Love Dancers

Sarah Draugelis: 10 Reasons Why I Love Dancers | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Since I have moved back to NYC and am temporarily living with two dancers, I have begun to realize (or re-realize) a vast difference between the two breeds: humans and dancers. Below is my list of the reasons why this experience has been so charming.

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This is very personal and real, which is why I love it!  When living this type of lifestyle, all similarities between your co's seem extremely comforting just to know you're not alone.

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How hard is the life of a professional ballet dancer? - Channel 4 News

How hard is the life of a professional ballet dancer? - Channel 4 News | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Following the shock resignation of Sergei Polunin as principal with the Royal Ballet, Channel 4 News asks: just how gruelling is the life of a classical ballet dancer?

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This article addresses the pressures and treatment of professional ballet dancers. Though it seems like a glorious, expressive and prestigious career, it can be grueling, fatiguing and can sometimes teeter on the brink of torture. 

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After studying the art of dance for nearly 18 years, Nikki opened the doors to her dream at the age of 19 and never looked back. After years of dedication, numerous awards, prestigious invitations, and renowned training, her opportunities were endless. Teaching, however, is what she knew she was meant to do. Nikki loved dancing, however she did not love the drama that seem to come with it. It was obvious that a dance school that provided the technique of professional studios with the atmosphere of "public classes" was desperately needed. That's exactly what she did. Starting out with only 10 students, Simply Nikki Dance Studio has managed to expand its clientele without losing its personal, hands-on instruction and "small" studio attitude. Several staff members, parents, and students are alumni from those original 10 which is a true testament of the impact she makes on the families she works with. She started out dancing at Laurel Ballet school and continued her career at Mercyhurst College and took summer college classes at Point Park University. She has won many first place awards and other events. I asked, “what was your worst memory about dance school while you were still there?” She responded, “ one time, I was extremely sick, but I had to go to class to watch and observe anyways. They gave me a pen and a notebook and my teacher told me to write down every pattern, to every count, to every song, to every beat. It was a mess. Ballet is french and some of the positions are hard to spell, but my teacher made it clear that she wanted everything spelled right too. I never sat out of class again. It was way better to dance even though you felt like dying rather than having to write all of that nonsense out in that stupid notebook.”  She has told me many stories about her auditions and she has always told me, “there is always someone better than you. You may be good, but someone is always better so you might as well have fun, try your best, and dance for yourself.” I asked her why did she continue to pursue dancing as her career even though she knew it wasn't guaranteed a job or money and she said, “ some people are good at math, I'm good at dancing. I love to dance and that's all there is to it. That's why I started my own studio, that way I could continue to be involved with what I love to do even after my body can't keep up with it anymore.” 


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topic: my interview- Nikki Molter

 

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Ballet FAQs | Ballet and Dance Frequently Asked Questions

See a list of frequently asked questions on ballet and dance terms and positions. Find answers to some common ballet and dance questions at AtlantaBallet.com.

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Look to this article in order to get a brief overview of a dancer's life...this may answer your quick questions!

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15 Truths About Being a Professional Dancer | The Portland Ballet

15 Truths About Being a Professional Dancer | The Portland Ballet | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
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What is nice about this is that it is 100% true!  While they have specified this to dancers, it is also nice because it can be good advice for anything!  This shows that dance may be unique, but it is also similar to other activities in the basics that it requires.

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A ballerina who's making history - msnbc.com

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A ballerina who's making historymsnbc.comMisty Copeland, the third African-American soloist for the American Ballet Theater, will be inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame. NBC's Natalie Morales reports.

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YouTube - Ballet: Dancers

A ballet dance video. From the ballet series, "Anaheim Ballet: More Than Dance..."

/The warm-up parts are really universal, it seems. I'd be looking out for this ballet series ;)


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Dancer Spotlight: Kaleena Burks | KC Ballet


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YouTube - Victoria's Story...

Brain surgery survivor, Victoria-Rose talks about dancing back to recovery.Anaheim Ballet: More Than Dance...

/very inspirational, Victoria had brain surgery and managed to dance as Clara in the Nutcracker after 2 months.


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MIND Reviews: Train the Brain

MIND  Reviews: Train the Brain | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Two books and a podcast series explore how we can improve our minds.Music may inspire us to dance, but can the right melody help improve our mental health?

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Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?

Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain? | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice.

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I'm a big believer in the idea of "flow" - that place you get to when you don't have to think about what you're doing - it just happens.  One of these studies showed that dancers who prepared for an upcoming routine by using "marking" and "visualization" techniques - delivered a far better performance than those who practiced at normal speed.  The thinking being that the more mentally prepared you are for an activity - the less of your brain you need to use to deliver it - which seems to leave more resource which you can use to make it excellent.

 

Not quite sure what it has to do with music - but damn it's fascinating!

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Ballet dancers' brains 'adapt to spins'

Ballet dancers' brains 'adapt to spins' | Dance Companies: How's Life? | Scoop.it
Scientists pinpoint a key difference in ballet dancers' brains so they avoid feeling dizzy when they spin.

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Nutrition Tips for Ballet Dancers : How to Cook to Stay Healthy & Fit

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Because of the hard work you do, your body is very worn and pushed past many limits.  Without a nutritious diet, there is no way your health can be sustained.

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Nutrition for Dancers

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"Like" us on Facebook : Click Here!  Join the discussion on dancer health as well as receive updates on the latest hot topics, great recipes, and related sites. 
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A day in the life of a dancer - Dance

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Read about A day in the life of a dancer, Dance feature, Time Out london

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