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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

Improving Improv.

Improving Improv.

I've spent the past 2 days sitting in Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre in Rotorua watching so many talented dancers dance their hearts out on the stage. Today while sitting and watching the impromptu lyrical sections, I got thinking and wondered...do our dancers really know what the adjudicator is looking for?

Cultivating a Winning Mindset

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Cultivating a Winning Mindset

've been learning a lot over the past year, challenging myself, pushing boundaries and one thing I've noticed is that to grow and strive for your dreams requires taking risks, stepping outside your comfort zone, that feeling like you're going to throw up. But then...

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Featured Product: Movitae

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Featured Product: Movitae

Once a month we are going to feature a dance product that we think can be a valuable addition to your dance training.

Here at BoPPA, we we were one of the first New Zealand dance studios to sign up to a great digital dance product called Movitae. If you haven't heard about it yet, you definitely need to keep reading!

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