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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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.
With one more sleep until 2019 we thought it would be a great time to help you out with your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions. Here are five New Year’s resolution ideas for dancers:
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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…
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…
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...
Have you ever seen a dancer with the flexibility, strength, and control to create perfect lines in their leg extensions? If so, you’ve probably been inspired to elevate your own extensions in class and on stage.
The first step to create gorgeous extensions is to develop the flexibility to get your legs up there. Here are three stretches you can do at home to benefit your extension:
Learning new choreography is an exercise for both the brain and body! Here are our top tips to help you pick up choreography faster and remember it longer.
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...
Learn about how the BoPPA studio values inspired me to pick up and move to New Zealand!
Every dancer can learn from and be inspired by this gorgeous cinematic tribute to the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.