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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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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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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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Top Tips for Picking Up Choreography

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Top Tips for Picking Up Choreography

I think we all find it tricky to pick up choreography at times? You might be fine in class and then you attend an audition or masterclass, throw in some nerves and you can't work out why your brain won't retain the steps!

Here are some tips from Miss Dani for picking up choreography...

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