Ballet through the Ages

Ballet has a long, rich history that stretches through centuries and across several different countries. Just as the contemporary ballet works we see today are very different from classical ballet pieces, the whole of ballet today is a far cry from what it looked like in the beginning. Phase One: Origins of Ballet Ballet first…

Brainpower in Ballet

Brain health isn’t something that’s often discussed, but new studies being conducted are bringing the topic into the spotlight, so to speak. Ballet is well known for its physical benefits, but not many people—including many dancers themselves—are aware of the mental effects it has on the brain. Some effects start to happen after only a…

Summer Intensive Programs

For educators and students, summer means a chance for a break, a time to relax and go on vacation. For ballet dancers, summer may be the time to travel, but not to get away from everyday life and jobs. Instead, both amateur and professional dancers join a summer intensive program, where they often train harder…

The Balanchine Method

Of all the different methods and techniques in the ballet world, the method created by George Balanchine is perhaps the most recognizable. With its open arabesque, deep pliés, and often unique port de bras, the Balanchine method is unmistakable. A Balanchine performance’s swaying hips and minimalist costuming speaks to a more modern, neoclassical style of…

The Cecchetti Method

To the untrained eye, ballet looks the same across all companies and countries. In reality, however, different companies and schools employ different training techniques, resulting in a wide range of dancers with uniquely developed traits and talents. The Cecchetti method, also known as the Italian method, is widely taught across the world. Cecchetti-trained dancers are…

The Vaganova Method

Ballet schools and companies around the world employ different teaching methods according to which traits are valued in different areas. You’ll find certain techniques to be more prevalent in certain areas of the world, but the Vaganova method, sometimes known as the Russian method, is internationally taught. It’s renowned for many reasons: the logical nature…

Our Mission

The ballet world has a reputation for being fiercely competitive and unflinchingly rigid. Much of this has to do with the teaching style, and unfortunately, many times a dancer’s mental health is sacrificed in the name of developing technique. Different schools emphasize different aspects of ballet, but at Studio R Ballet, we push our dancers…