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Top Tips to Improving Your Focus

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Top Tips to Improving Your Focus

Focus is so important on stage. We’re not referring to listening to your teacher but more where you’re looking and eyelines. This is a skill that is often forgotten in younger students performance work so here are out Top Tips for improving your focus on stage…

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History of the Nutcracker

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History of the Nutcracker

At this time of year it is hard to find a ballet company that isn’t putting on their annual Nutcracker Production. So, how did the musical work of Tchaikovsky’s end up a Christmas essential?

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Top Tips for Keeping Dance Fit This Summer

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Top Tips for Keeping Dance Fit This Summer

How are you planning on keeping fit over Summer?

Don’t ditch your strength, stretch and conditioning this summer. We know you’ll want to get out and enjoy the sunshine, which we hope you will make the most of, but it is also a great time to get on top of your strength training while your regular classes aren’t on. So, here are our top tips for keeping fit this summer…

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5 Tips to Smashing Your Summer Dance Goals

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5 Tips to Smashing Your Summer Dance Goals

Well, its that time of year when dance is starting to wind down. We’re all having our end of year concerts/recitals, exams are over and classes are starting to wrap up. Most people will be setting their 2019 goals on new years but as dancers now is great time to get thinking about what goals you want to achieve over summer, ready for the 2019 dance season. Here are Miss Dani’s top 5 tips for smashing your summer dance goals.

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Perfecting Your Pirouettes

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Perfecting Your Pirouettes

Pirouettes can be one of the most challenging parts of dance! There are a million different things to think about when executing a pirouette. You think you’ve got it right and then guess what…your dance teacher gives you yet another correction! The number of things to correct is endless, and any one of them could be the reason your turns are failing. I’ve been lucky enough to see some expert pirouette teacher’s in action and here are my Top 5 tips to perfect your pirouettes…

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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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5 Ways To Minimise Muscle Soreness

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5 Ways To Minimise Muscle Soreness

We’re halfway through the school holidays which means one week until dance goes back. Its common during a break to go into ‘relax’ mode and cut back on your training. We then head back after our rest super enthusiastic and try to throw ourselves back into our normal training routines, resulting in sore, tired muscles.

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Coping with Stage Fright

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Coping with Stage Fright

Show term is fast approaching and for some students this is the highlight of their dance year, for others the thought of stepping on stage can be terrifying! We often watch dancers give mind-blowing performances in the studio but when it comes to stepping on stage this doesn’t seem to translate, normally this is due to stage fright/performance anxiety.

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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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6 Benefits of babyballet®

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6 Benefits of babyballet®

Finding the right preschool dance class can be tough? and don't we know it. Miss Dani searched high and low almost two years ago now, for a structured programme that would help develop our youngest dancers dance technique in a fun and engaging manner.  She discovered babyballet®,  an award-winning preschool dance programme…

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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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5 Dance Careers You May Not Have Considered

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5 Dance Careers You May Not Have Considered

Every little girl generally attends dance lessons at some stage in their life. For those who choose to continue into a dance career what options are their for them at the end? They could perform, teach or choreograph however, here are 5 Dance Career options that you may not have considered...

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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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