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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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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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10 Reasons To Learn to Tap Dance

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10 Reasons To Learn to Tap Dance

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...

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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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3 Stretches for Better Leg Extensions

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3 Stretches for Better Leg Extensions

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:

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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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Top Tips - The Pressures of Performing

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Top Tips - The Pressures of Performing

Here at BoPPA our Performance Students have just come off two busy weeks of competing. While watching at these competitions I began thinking about the Pressures of Performing and how each dancer deals with nerves/stress differently.

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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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