female dancers in first arabesque

Balance Longer With These Expert Tips

Dancers who can balance forever—whether on pointe, on a partner’s shoulders or in impossibly challenging positions—can seem like magicians, effortlessly mocking the laws of physics. Though balancing comes easier to some dancers than others, the elements that make for long, strong balances are less mysterious than they may seem

4 dancers wearing blue body suits leaning backwards

Tips for Safer, More Expressive Falls

Choreographed falls are part of performing—whether it’s Odette jumping to her death in Swan Lake, a contemporary dancer melting into the floor or a breaker dramatically exiting a headstand. A convincing, safe onstage fall takes both bravery and control—and can be as much a psychological challenge as a physical one.

female dancers performing with umbrellas

How to Use Props to Enhance Your Dancing, Not Hinder It

Dancing with a prop can be intimidating, and when the choreography is already complex, adding an object to the mix can feel, frankly, overwhelming. But with the right approach, props can be an exciting opportunity for growth in artistry, storytelling and performance technique.

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