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Grooming and Class Etiquette

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Grooming and Class Etiquette

Now this shocked me and I responded straight away that no, the students need to follow these rules as it is such a good learning experience for them, there are so little times in life these days that still require a particular level of grooming and not to mention still follow tradition.

So other than tradition, why does your dance teacher always go on and on about uniform, hair and grooming for class….

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What Dance Class is Right for My Child?

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What Dance Class is Right for My Child?

The number 1 question we get asked around this time of year - ‘What dance class is right for my child?’ It is also one of the hardest questions to answer, as no one knows your child better than you right?

So, we have put together a little quiz to help you get the answers you need to this tricky question!

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Technology Tips

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Technology Tips

It’s true, these days we live in a world surrounded by technology! We carry our mobile phones with us every where, in the studio we have laptops and bluetooth speakers, we’re busy instagramming our lives and kids are obsessed with games like Fortnite.

So, how can we use technology to support our dance training? Here are Miss Dani’s top 5 tips…

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Ouch - foot cramp!

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Ouch - foot cramp!

I’m pretty sure most dancers have experienced foot cramp at some point in their lifetime, you know - that horrible feeling when you’re pretty sure your toes are stuck in a pointed position permanently. Foot cramp is also super awesome at arriving at the best of times, like in the middle of your dance exam barre work or your lyrical solo at dance comps. So, what exactly is foot cramp and how can you combat it?

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Test & Improve Your Jumps

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Test & Improve Your Jumps

If only someone had told me when I was in high school that physics would help me teach dance! We've all seen those dancers who jump and seem to just hang in the air for a split moment in time before returning to the ground. Want to know how you can achieve this yourself? Well by understanding your muscles and how your body works a little bit better you can…

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Let's Talk Fascia

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Let's Talk Fascia

If you've been to one of Miss Dani's dance classes over the past couple of weeks you'll know this word well - fascia. Students tend to know their muscles and bones well, most have good stretching routines BUT many do not know what fascia is or understand how it can affect their flexibility - in fact many are decreasing their flexibility with some of their stretching techniques…

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But Tricks Are Fun...

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But Tricks Are Fun...

We get it and we're even guilty of it ourselves - who wants to practice their ballet technique when they could be learning fun tricks?

The dance industry has changed a lot in the past 10 years with gymnastics and dance beginning to merge. Leg mounts, aerials, tilts and knee drops have replaced ball changes and arabesques. The single pirouette is no more with dancers trying to push for multiple turns on stage. Fouette turns have become a la seconde turns and leg hold turns…

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Technique Tips: Port De Bras

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Technique Tips: Port De Bras

Developing strength, control, and fluidity in the upper body is crucial to create beautiful lines and move gracefully. Here are our top tips for practicing your port de bras!

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Technique Tips: Pirouettes

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Technique Tips: Pirouettes

Many dancers know by now that pirouettes can feel different from day to day. Sometimes, we have an amazing turning day. Other times, we feel as though we can barely get around for a single rotation. This inconsistency is a natural feeling for a training dancer. However, with the right tips and tricks, we can build a foundation for strong, consistent, technical turns.

Here are BoPPA's top tips for achieving consistently successful turns! 

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