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Tips for perfect pliés!

Tips for perfect pliés!

Plié means "bend", from the verb plier, to bend. A smooth and continuous bending of the knees. A bending of the knees outward by a ballet dancer with the back held straight. Generally speaking, your plié can create your first impression, whether it be to an examiner...

How to improve 5th position in ballet

How to improve 5th position in ballet

5TH POSITION IN CLASSICAL BALLET One foot is placed in front of, and in contact with the other, with the heel of one foot aligned with the toe of the other foot. 5TH POSITION ON FLAT Fifth position of the feet should be a classical dancer’s most natural state of...

Mimi Swinton-Beatty

Mimi Swinton-Beatty

Introducing Mimi Swinton-Beatty, a young Sydney dancer currently training at Academy Ballet and additionally under the tutelage of Vicki Attard within Academy Ballet's full time program.  Follow Mimi's steady progression onto pointe through a series of videos at the...

Preparing for Pointe Work – Mimi’s Journey – Introduction

Preparing for Pointe Work – Mimi’s Journey – Introduction

Preparing for pointe work is a very important and essential step in a dancer's career, and can make all the difference in how easily and safely they progress onto pointe. If the right movement patterns are set up in the very beginning this will carry forward into all...

Part 1 – Stage One in Demi-Pointe Shoes

Part 1 – Stage One in Demi-Pointe Shoes

Practicing Stage One in demi-pointe shoes or ballet flats is an ideal way to begin working with the My Beginner Pointe program.  There are many important reasons for this recommendation; 1.  Practicing Stage One in demi-pointe shoes or ballet flats will allow the...