Scenes from the Nutracker – Arabian Dance

This one was always my favorite from childhood!

31
Dec
2011

Scenes from the Nutcracker – Russian Dance

By far the most exciting and probably most recognized dance from the Nutracker – the Russian Dance! In this version, watch how the Russians fly through the air effortlessly!

17
Dec
2011

Scenes from the Nutcracker – The Battle

The Nutracker is a classic around the holidays. Enjoy clips of famous scenes from this popular ballet. Here’s the battle scene between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker:

10
Dec
2011

The Nutcracker – Mikhail Baryshnikov & Gelsey Kirkland

The most famous ballet and holiday pastime is most definitely The Nutcracker. Below is a fantastic full-length version of The Nutcracker featuring some of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNi1KStLohY

03
Dec
2011

How to draw a ballet slipper

Amazing how he knows to add the “wrinkle” details – they look pretty real for sketch!

26
Nov
2011

Help! Need pointe shoe advice for different size feet

This girl needs our opinion. Her left foot is slightly smaller, so she is trying different inserts to correct for it. But as you can see, her left foot still sinks into the shoe a bit more than her right foot. She may need to purchase a different size shoe for her left foot, unfortunately (2 pairs of shoes).

Any suggestions from anyone who has experienced this that could help her?

19
Nov
2011

How Flexible are Ballerinas?

This video shows the amazing flexibility that ballerinas have! Those stretches and extensions!

12
Nov
2011

2 simple ways to break in your pointe shoes

Whenever you get a new pair of pointe shoes, you need to break them in to your how your foot works while you dance (demi pointe, shank support for heel, box width). Here are two simple ways to help break in your pointe shoes before you begin to dance in them:

05
Nov
2011

Let’s help her

This student’s pointe shoes aren’t broken in yet for her. My opinion is that she might need to work the shank a bit to give it more bend at 3/4 length so she can point all the way through the shoe. What do you think?

29
Oct
2011

One of the Bolshoi’s Greatest Ballerinas – Maya Plisetskaya

Maya Plisetskaya was the star of the Bolshoi ballet in the 1950s, at the height of the Soviet Union. She received the highest accolades at the time. Watch this short documentary from 1986 about Maya to learn more:

22
Oct
2011