Boy's Don't Do Ballet, Do They? PT 2 - Interviews with Two Male Dancers

 In the second instalment of our 'Boys Don't Do Ballet, Do They?' series (spoiler, they do!), we have interviewed two male dancers, whose dedication to their art is so inspirational! We asked them about their experience as males in the dance world and how they cope with the incorrect idea that ballet is only for girls.   &n...
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Boys Don’t Do Ballet, Do They? - The History Behind the Stereotype

Have you ever heard someone say that ballet isn't for boys? That ballet is a feminine activity, reserved solely for girls? Statements like these can't be further from the truth. To understand why this stereotype persists today, we must first look back at the history of ballet as a performing art.  Ballet finds its origins in the Italian Renais...
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Aplomb - What is it and Why is it Important in Dance?

 APLOMB - Stability, Assurance, Poise   Correct posture allows us to use our bodies with maximum efficiency. In the words of Vaganova, "a correctly set body is the foundation of dance" . We call this 'aplomb' . This term applied to the dancer means that he or she has full control of their body and limbs with their weight correctly ce...
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Ms. Eva's Retirement

  A year of many changes to our regular lives, 2020 is a year that Les Petits Ballets is going to go through a major change - the retirement of Eva Zielinski, from the position of Director of Dance. After an established career as a dancer and teacher in her home country, Poland, Eva emigrated to Canada in 1982. In 1986, she joined Les Petits B...
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Our Choreographic Chain Letter

 While COVID 19 health restrictions prevented in-person classes and rehearsals, the Les Petits Ballets family banded together to create something special - a way of dancing together while being apart. This project involved students from every program at Les Petits Ballets, including students from the Pre-professional, Recreational and Adult pr...
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The Healthy Dancer

Dance throws us many physical and mental hurdles. Staying healthy can allow us to conquer these hurdles and become the best dancers we can be. See the tips below to learn more!     Tip #1- Take care of your body A dancer's body is their instrument, therefore it is extremely important to treat it well and with care. This includes eating we...
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Hallmarks of the Vaganova Technique

  "Look at life all around; everything is growing,  everything is moving forward. Therefore I recommend… keeping in touch with life and with art".  – Agrippina Vaganova   Famed pedagogue Agrippina Vaganova (1879-1951), is known for her development of a new training system for dancers in the first half of the 20th century, now kn...
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Three Nutritional Tips for Dancers with Registered Dietitian, Christine McPhail

​ Nourishing our bodies is very important for daily life and is even more important for athletic performance. Adding dance training to our regular activities uses up A LOT of energy and properly fuelling our bodies helps us maintain energy levels, avoid injury and stay well. Registered dietitian, Christine McPhail, so generously provided us wi...
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Dancing at Home: A How to Guide

Dancing at home is something you might have done occasionally for extra practice, or simply because you love to move. The majority of your training typically took place in the spacious studios at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. This has all changed of course, due to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves living in - the COVID 19 pandemic. I...
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How to Make a Ballet Bun

​It's hard to think about ballet without conjuring up an image of a ballerina in a tutu with her hair tied back in a perfect bun.  We all know that becoming that ballerina in the tutu is a lot of hard work, but for some, creating that elusive bun is more difficult than expected. ​ ​ D ​ O NOT WORRY! YOU WILL NEED : -spray bottle with water -co...
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Foot Care for Dancers

Feet are the most precious tool for a dancer and taking care of them should be a priority.  The following are a few tips for healthy foot care.  ​ Toe nails Toe nails should be kept short.  Using sharp scissors or a toenail clipper cut your nails straight across the nail.  Do not curve inwards as this may cause ingrown toenails....
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How to Clean Canvas Ballet Shoes

​In order for your canvas ballets shoes to look and feel their best it is necessary to keep them clean.  Following the next few simple steps will ensure comfortable, clean and  longer lasting shoes. You will need:     lingerie bag or mesh ballet shoe bag, mild detergent and a washing machine Step 1: Place canvas ballet...
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How to Sew Double Elastics on Ballets Shoes

​You have purchased a new pair of ballet slippers with double elastics, are excited to wear them and then realize you need to sew on elastics!  Don't worry!  Following the four simple steps below will ensure perfectly placed elastics and your shoes will be secure and comfortable. You will need:  thread, sewing needle, straight pins, ...
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How to Sew Elastics on Ballet Shoes

​ ​Is this your child's first pair of ballet slippers or maybe yours? Are you wondering how to attach the elastics? The only method is to sew the elastics to the shoe either by hand or machine. As the sew by hand method is accessible to everyone, it is demonstrated below. Generally, a single elastic is preferred for younger chil...
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