A Complete Guide to Pointe Shoes

Pointe shoes: to the audience, they’re those beautiful satin shoes that allow dancers to balance, jump, and turn right on the tips of their toes. To the seasoned dancers, they’re instruments of equal parts beauty and pain. To the youngest dancers, they’re a mysterious rite of passage that ballet dancers receive when they’re strong enough…

Interviewing Our Graduating Students

We at Studio R Ballet are incredibly proud of our graduating students. Through the years, we’ve felt so privileged to help shape them into the beautifully talented dancers they are today. To honor our graduating seniors, we’ve interviewed each of them to find out more about their backgrounds, interests, and hopes for the future. Emrie…

The History of The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is one of the most well-known ballets in the world. It’s performed every holiday season by professional companies and schools everywhere. For many people, The Nutcracker provided their first exposure to the arts. This beloved ballet is a fan favorite for audiences of all ages.  The Story of The Nutcracker The basis for…

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…