Do I Have To Be In Shape To Start Taking Dance Class?

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Are you a teen or adult wanting to start dance classes? Find out if some physical preparation is needed before you enroll in your first dance lesson.

Reverse Black Swan Syndrome

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Ballet has a reputation for causing eating disorders. Cloud & Victory founder, Min, tells how ballet helped her recover from one. #whydancematters

Writers Offer Dance Wardrobe Wisdom

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Fellow bloggers share their “Wardrobe Wisdom” with posts on tutu-wearing teachers, classwear for adult dancers, dress code, advice for male dancers, and more. Plus, share your thoughts or links in our comments!

Adult Ballet’s Dark Side

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Every class has one… or two. That student that gets on your nerves or ruffles your feathers. Teachers of adult dancers are no exception and when certain students cause stress or strain in the classroom environment, a teacher just needs to vent a little. If you are a teacher, you will recognize some of the “personalities” our anonymous author presents. If you are a student, well, we hope you don’t resemble these students.

Do You Blog About Dance? Be One of the Top 20 of 2011

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Enter your blog in our 2nd Annual Top Dance Blog contest. Real readers will choose their favorite blogs according to category and overall popularity. However, no blog is too small and every participant has something to gain, including a chance to engage and grow your audience. Don’t miss out! Enter now or share the event with your favorite dance blogger.

Adult Ballet Beginners on Schedules, Attire, and Blogging

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Two adult beginners, one male and one female, talk about fitting ballet into their schedules, what surprised them about dance, why they like to be challenged, and what blogging does for their dancing. (Part 2 of 2)

Storytime With Two Adult Ballet Beginners

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Dave of, The Adult Beginner, and I had fun after the New Year chatting about their close encounters of the ballet kind. They weave an entertaining story and if you are a teacher working with adult beginners, I think you’ll find it splendidly insightful, too. (Part 1 of 2)

“Late Beginner” Blues And How To Get Beyond Them

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Possibly the worst thing dancers can do when there is a strong desire to improve is make negative comparisons of themselves to other dancers. Sometimes comparisons help us create a realistic picture and provide awareness of where we are and where we still have to go. However, comparisons must stop there.

Teacher’s Top Three: Music for Adult Ballet

“Finding good ballet class music is so difficult. I am hard to please, and I want the music I choose to inspire my students, not just provide accompaniment. To that end, I have gone through a lot of CDs searching for ones that have good length, sound and quality. I use these CDs for my intermediate adult ballet class.”