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
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.
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.
Rather than thinking of long lines as an aesthetic ideal, aim for finding stretch and elasticity in your line—as yet another tool in your toolbox.
A dancer’s spine has its own expressive power. Use these tips to unlock your spine for both movement and expression.
There’s much more to stillness than simply the absence of movement. For dancers used to near-constant motion, being still can be a physical, mental and emotional challenge.
Weight-sharing is the foundation of any kind of partnering in dance—from ballet lifts to contact improvisation balances to ballroom sequences.
High jumps are a combination of functional strength, smart mechanics and a strategic mindset. Give your jumps a boost with these expert recommendations.