5 Reasons Dancers Love Performing

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5 Reasons Dancers Love Performing

As the start of Term 4 draws closer, the End of Year Show is constantly on our minds. We can’t wait to get back in the studio to help our dancers prepare. Get your dancer excited by reminding them of all that they have to look forward to...

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5 Life Lessons We Learn In Dance Class

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5 Life Lessons We Learn In Dance Class

Whether they realise it or not, dancers are learning valuable lessons that will benefit them throughout their lives -- in the studio, at school, and in their professional careers.

Here are 5 of the biggest life lessons your dancer is learning in the dance studio:

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Reminders for Proper Alignment

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Reminders for Proper Alignment

Once a dancer takes the stage, it is up to him or her to remember their corrections from class and apply them. Here are some reminders to help you maintain proper alignment on stage. 

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Why You Should Stop Saying "Can't" In Dance Class

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Why You Should Stop Saying "Can't" In Dance Class

Next time you have the urge to say that you "can't" do something in dance class, think about what the problem really is and how you can express it to yourself and your to teacher in a more productive, positive way! Here are my thoughts on why you should stop using the word "can't" in the studio. 

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5 Elements to a Better Arabesque

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5 Elements to a Better Arabesque

Creating and maintaining a beautiful arabesque line requires strength, flexibility, counter balance, rotation, and clear port de bras. Here are some tips and exercises to help you execute your arabesque flawlessly.

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5 Habits to Take Class Like a Professional Dancer

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5 Habits to Take Class Like a Professional Dancer

At BOPPA, one of our studio values is PROFESSIONALISM. Not only does that mean that our teachers will be a model of professionalism in the classroom -- it also means that we aim to educate our students on how they can be their most professional selves, as well. 

So, for this week's blog, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the behaviors that will help our students take class like professional dancers! Share these with your student to help them reflect on how they can step up their professionalism this week: 

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The Top 10 Benefits of Ballet for Kids

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The Top 10 Benefits of Ballet for Kids

Many young dancers long to pick out their first leotard, slip into pink tights for the first time, and try on that perfect pair of soft, pink ballet slippers. But, the benefits of enrolling your young dancer into a ballet class goes beyond just how cute they'll look in a tutu. 

Here are the Top 10 benefits that your child will receive from participating in a ballet class:

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Top Tips - The Pressures of Performing

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Top Tips - The Pressures of Performing

Here at BoPPA our Performance Students have just come off two busy weeks of competing. While watching at these competitions I began thinking about the Pressures of Performing and how each dancer deals with nerves/stress differently.

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Test Your BoPPA Knowledge!

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Test Your BoPPA Knowledge!

We thought we would do something a little bit different this week! Test your BoPPA Knowledge by answering these 10 Questions and comment your result below. Can you beat your friends?

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Technique: Turn Out

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Technique: Turn Out

We have been talking a lot about Turn Out in our Ballet and Jazz classes recently. Exams are 2 months away and our students are working hard on perfecting their technique, including turn out. During our conversations we've spoken about...

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Sport - To Play or Not To Play? That Is The Question

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Sport - To Play or Not To Play? That Is The Question

Term 2 and 3 are the school terms for Rugby/Football/Netball/Hockey, and little Suzy is suddenly expressing an interest in playing a sport. But, Little Suzy has been dancing since she was 3, she's already committed to her ballet exams and those dance competitions, should I let her play?

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10 Reasons To Learn to Tap Dance

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10 Reasons To Learn to Tap Dance

As a child I always wanted to learn to Tap! My Nana was actually a tap dancer, and once I learnt that tap dancing wasn't dancing on the taps in the bath tub (yup, I actually thought that's what my Nana did) I really wanted to give it a go. Finally, about 20 years later I am learning to tap and loving it. So, today I wanted to share with you 10 Reasons why you should learn to tap too...

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How to Make the Perfect Bun

How to Make the Perfect Bun

...so when I came across this article from Bloch Australia I thought, I have to share it with you all!

Technique: The Art of Ballet Hands

Technique: The Art of Ballet Hands

If you've attended one of my dance classes you'll know that hands, in particular thumbs (or lego hands!) drive me a little bit crazy. So naturally when I came across this blog post on the Energetiks website I had to share it with you all ;)