Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ballet is the Foundation

As a ballet teacher, I have spent years teaching students how to find proper body placement, how to work their feet, how to find their center, etc. These issues are refined over years of practice. And students find that their bodies seem to work better in other forms of dance, when they take ballet classes in addition to tap, jazz, or hip-hop. I tell my students that ballet doesn't have to be their favorite style of dance to study, but they must see the value in ballet training. Ballet is the foundation.

It is critical that students learn proper technique in ballet, as this prevents injury and bad habits from forming. There are many well intentioned studios training students in ways that are less than acceptable. While there are many styles and acceptable variances in ballet training, some are in my opinion dangerous. Students are being asked to force their turnout and there are studios putting dancers on pointe way too early. I tell my dancers that I have a conscience and like to sleep at night, knowing that my dancers are not going to have to have their knees replaced or have messed up feet later on because I wanted them to force turnout or go on pointe before their young bones are prepared to do so.

I think many will agree that you can take a ballet dancer and ask them to learn just about any style of dance and they can do it. On the contrary, you can't often take a hip-hop dancer and make them look like a ballet dancer. That is what I love about ballet. Look at the two winners from SYTYCD this year for example...both were trained extensively in ballet. Love that!

Ballet is a process...a long journey. And you get out what you put in. Effort reaps reward. On a side note...I have decided to take up studying pointe once again. I have no idea what possessed me, but perhaps you never quite get it out of your system once you have done it. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

~ Rebecca

Enjoy the process of learning to dance. The process of our profession, and not its final achievement, is the heart and soul of dance.
-Jacques d'Amboise

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boundless Dance is Born

Welcome! I finally decided to start a dance blog! I started my blog Tranquil Abode for my home staging business (and to journal my home remodeling adventures) a little over a year ago. On occassion I wanted to write a post about dance but I really didn't feel Tranquil Abode was the proper platform. Thus, Boundless Dance blog was born (in my took a while to get it up and running). This seems like a more practical place to chat about dance.

If you want to read a bit more about my background, you can click on About Me over on the side of the page. In a nutshell, I have been teaching dance, primarily ballet, for 16+ years. I still love to teach and I feel like I learn more and more every year. I am definitely a better teacher now than I was 16 years ago.

My goal for this blog is to share tid bits with fellow teachers, dance students and dance parents, as well as build a relationship with other dance bloggers. I hope you will check back often. I hope to inspire and challenge my readers. I hope to love every minute of it.

So while you are here, please sign up to follow me via e-mail and I will do my best to post content that is helpful, funny, encouraging, informative (for all you dance nerds like me), and above all...inspiring!

I had the joy of taking a teachers only class with Mia Michaels nearly a year ago and I will never forget that class. It was an incredible experience.  She told us that a day in which you don't find inspiration is a wasted day. I like that. If you go out looking for inspiration, you will find it. It is everywhere. Just open your eyes and your heart.