3 Viral Dance Videos That Will Make You Smile

This time of year can be tough. Maybe you're having a less-than-perfect start to your holiday season. Maybe your weekend felt too short, and you're shuffling off to work or school against your wishes. Maybe you feel that if you hear "Waltz of the Flowers" one more time, you're going to go coo-coo.

So, here I bring you three dance videos that will certainly help you get over your case of the Mondays.

1. Lauren Cuthbertson on injury and dancing again:

Culture website NOWNESS regularly profiles artists talking about snippets of their lives. Its recent video with Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cutherbertson is just beautiful. Sure, she dances full out for the camera towards the end, but the breathtaking part is the first minute. The dexterity and control she has over each toe is incredible.

 

2. State Street Ballet gets creative during a layover:

Security lines, delayed flights, layovers. Traveling can be such a pain. But these dancers from the Santa Barbara-based State Street Ballet found a creative way to pass the time. (Though credit should also be given to Colorado Ballet dancers, who did it first.)

 

3. Britney Spears attempts fouetté turns:

No words can do this video justice.

I could dance to this song a MILLION times...love you Adele!

Posted by Britney Spears on Saturday, November 28, 2015

 

 

Have a great Monday!

 

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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