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The A to Z En Pointe

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The A to Z En Pointe

As all ballerinas know, there is so much more to dancing on pointe than just looking pretty dancing on your toes. In this video, The Australian Ballet spells pointe work out to us, from A-Z.

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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 3 Tips To Improving Your Feet

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Top 3 Tips To Improving Your Feet

A dancer essential - pointed feet! Do you ever see those feet that just seem to bend forever and wish yours were like that? Does your teacher tell you often to ‘point your feet’. Well then this is the blog for you. Keep reading for our Top 3 Tips to improving your feet.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ;) 

The Dance Blog You Must Visit Today!

The Dance Blog You Must Visit Today!

Alongside the weekly tasks involved in running BoPPA and teaching dance classes, I also make sure I block out some Miss Dani PD (professional development) time. During that time I like to read business books, attend webinars/online trainings or find some interesting blogs to read.

Now, I'm sure if you're in some way connected to the dance industry you have seen...