5 Reasons We're STILL Loving the @balletmoods Instagram

Having a rough week? Whether you're dealing with rehearsal exhaustion, an annoying injury or casting disappointments, we've all been there. And the hilarious dancers behind @balletmoods—our favorite by-pro-dancers-for-pro-dancers Instagram page (besides the equally and delightfully sarcastic @biscuitballerina)—have got your back too. And your funny bone.

Back in August, we shared a few of their original, sometimes irreverent, ballet memes, and we couldn't resist checking in on what they've made since. Yup, they're still capturing dance humor that's spot on, with the perspective that only seasoned pros can pull off (though the identities of these comics/ballerinas has yet to be revealed). Whatever mood ballet's got you in, @balletmoods knows how you feel.

Temping, very tempting



This was literally all of us last week.


Overachiever status, right here. This means I automatically get the lead, right?


The horror: Even those blessed with the most supple feet sometimes visit Biscuit Land.


Quite possibly the most annoying feeling. And it still happens after you've been doing a ballet bun for, what, 10, 20, 30 years?

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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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December 2020