ABT’S TOGETHER TONIGHT

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American Ballet Theatre just made ballet history and made ballet even more accessible to everyone. While in the past few years, ABT has struggled with staying ahead of the curve of ballet innovation, ABT just blew everyone out of the water and jumped into the future of the art. Their fresh creativity via archived footage, …

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Conservativism in Ballet

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Ballet is conservative. It does not like progress, and it does not like people who are different from the people in power.  It purposefully makes sure that people who are different feel like they are out of place, or that ballet is unobtainable. It prefers money, classism, and a body type that typically categorizes as …

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COVID-19 and the Great Divide in Ballet

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So recently, a well-known illustrator recently asked me to illustrate a picture of myself during the quarantine. This picture was supposed to be a self-portrait, but with one condition. The idea was to be looking through the outside and onto you quarantined on the inside. Well, I initially said, “Yeah, sure, no problem.” And so …

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How to get the most out of Virtual Training…

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In today's crazy world, ballet and dance has officially moved into the digital age. Between livestreams and online classes, how can a dancer get the most out of Virtual Training?

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Need Ballet Class?

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Tomorrow from 4:00-6:00 PM (Arizona time) we will be broadcasting our class live on Instagram if you want to follow along. We will obviously not be able to correct you, but we can definitely remind you of super helpful tips, important things to focus on and more.

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Is Corona Virus the End of Ballet?

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Corona Virus… our best friend. With the recent pressure in the world of academics urging institutions to close down for the next 30 days, ballet is slowly taking suit. The School of American Ballet just announced they will stay closed until April 20. PNB just canceled the rest of their repertory for March, and the …

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Royal Ballet School Cancels Spring Intensive & Other News

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As the World Health Organization just announces that the COVID-19 VIRUS is officially a pandemic, the Royal Ballet School cancels its Spring Intensive, just days before international students are set to leave to self-quarantine leaving dozens of hopeful young dancers devastated. This is just a day behind many Ivy League Universities closing for the rest …

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OUTSTANDING TEACHER OF THE YEAR: MariaElena Ruiz

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Derek Dunn, Beckanne Sisk, Michaela DePrince, Taylor Ciampi. Rachel Richardson. Gabe Stone Shayer. These are just some of the names that are associated with the Youth America Grand Prix’s Outstanding Teacher Award— Mariaelena Ruiz. This amazingly talented coach is now a part of Cary Ballet Conservatory and has built a program to rival most professional schools in a matter of five years.

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The Year 2020

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It’s hard to believe we’re starting a new year. I am still scratching my head as to what happened to the year that was 2019. It had gone so fast and when I look back, a lot of my energy went into my position as Year Coordinator at the school I work. I’ve never been…

Apologies…

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Apparently, I have upset some parents because I was harsh on students when I said, “Fell Flat.” Or that I don’t have control over casting nor do I know how SFBS chooses their leads and trainees. Apparently, we are no longer critiquing children, nor should we judge them at a competition, or saying whether things …

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Too Young to Be Taken Seriously?

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Are you tired of hearing that your student is too young for a summer intensive? Tired of not being taken seriously? A new summer course has been designed for your child!

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