Category Archives: How To
Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 4th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News

Photo: Sansha Pro Canvas in Grey. Dancer: Jeremy Hays. Photos: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth   Related Links: Adult Ballet Canvas and Leather Ballet Slippers at Chicago Dance Supply

Jennifer Becker | March 12th, 2013 | Posted in How To, Wellness

Every dancer has that time when the skin on the bottom of their feet splits.  Usually it’s pretty uncomfortable and often can be downright painful.  There aren’t too many things you can do to prevent such a split, but there are some things you can do to help the healing process . . . Keep […]

Joan Oberndorf | March 11th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Be kind to your feet and they will treat you well. Work Those Feet A strong foot is a happy foot-and less prone to injury.  Ergo, happy feet make happy (and less injured) dancers.  Unfortunately, I often find that dancers don’t really know how to accomplish this-habits develop, feet sickle, and…no need to finish this […]

Jennifer Becker | February 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Events, How To, News

Everyone wants to know how dancers get any job from an audition. Well for the most part you will never know for sure why on dancer gets picked over another. There is a wide range of qualities that a director is looking for form height, body type, eye color, to overall movement quality.  There will […]

Annemarie | February 19th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News

Model:  Annemarie Lantz.  Photos:  Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Related Links and References: Annemarie’s Get the Pointe: How to Sew Ribbon and Elastic to Pointe Shoes. A photo blog Am I Ready for Pointe Shoes? by April C. Lewis How to Sew Ribbons and Elastic to Pointe Shoes by April C. Lewis Pointe shoes and accessories at Chicago […]

Joan Oberndorf | February 12th, 2013 | Posted in Argentine Tango, How To, Wellness

Looking for something substantial and sustaining or refreshing and light?  A quick snack or on the go meal?  Smoothies fit the bill. The typical dancer schedule doesn’t lend it self to long sit down meals (though I firmly believe it should be made a priority to have as many of these as possible).  Most dancers […]

Joan Oberndorf | February 3rd, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Uncategorized

Spotting is an essential skill for every turn you take. Good for you but not very palatable, frustrating, occasionally nausea inducing,  many dancers approach turns with sighs and trepidation.  Turns for most of us are the spinach on the menu of class exercises (and grand allegro is the dessert, am I right?).  Spotting is one […]

Annemarie | January 15th, 2013 | Posted in Class Attire, How To, News

Related links and references: Am I Ready for Pointe Shoes? by April C. Lewis How to Sew Ribbons and Elastic to Pointe Shoes by April C. Lewis Pointe shoes and accessories at Chicago Dance Supply Model:  Annemarie Lantz.  Photos:  Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Jennifer Becker | December 29th, 2012 | Posted in How To, Wellness

For many years, “cleanses” have been in the media as something to do in order to flush out your system to “start over”.  However, if you really look into many of these great bodily cleanses you see that most of the time you can’t do anything else while doing them, and they often last around […]

Joan Oberndorf | December 5th, 2012 | Posted in How To, News

Turning doesn’t always come naturally, but there are ways to improve your rotational skills. Learning to turn (and improving once you’ve learned) can be equally frustrating and rewarding–it’s the yin/yang of dance technique.  Just when you’ve despaired about being able to turn, ever, out pops a perfect pirouette.  Try to repeat and – whoops, gone!  […]