An Old Guy Does Ballet

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After taking ballet for the first time, 50+ partner dancer, Andrew has observations to share about recognizing serious dancers, the importance of ballet, pas de deux, and being ready to adapt.

Ten Tips for Adult Newbies Who Aren’t New to Ballet

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Adult ballet dancers, newbies or not, enter a whole new world when they begin taking classes. There’s a lot more to learn than movements. Here are 10 takeaways from an adult beginner who has been where you are.

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!

Confessions of an Anonymous Dance Teacher: 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.

VOTE for the Top Dance Blogs of 2011!

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Readers, it’s time to choose your favorite dance blogs for 2011! The nominations for Round One have been counted. Now it’s up to you to choose which blogs will come out on top in our Top 20 and in six categories. VOTE NOW and discover new dance blogs in the process! HURRY, the polls close January 4.

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.

Who Inspires You?

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I’ve been given a blog award but I’m announcing it with a twist and a shout out. Meet my nominator, Jean who blogs 52 Weeks of Ballet, and Melissa, the young blogger behind the award. They got to ask me questions too in this post that covers everything from first dance solos to returning to ballet as an adult.

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 davetriesballet.com, 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)

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.”

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