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12 Pros and Cons of Competitive Ballet & Dance

In the world of dance, the place of competitions is a contentious issue. Some ballet schools argue that students who focus on competitions learn to be ‘trick ponies’ and their technique suffers as a consequence. Others dance studios argue that competitions offer dancers many opportunities to perform and are important in developing an all-round dancer. Because of the controversial nature …

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Single VS Criss-Cross Elastic on Ballet Shoes? Which is Better?

When I danced years ago, you had to buy ribbons and sew them on to your ballet shoes. Later on, I was able to pre-buy canvas shoes with single elastics. Today I have the choice of pre-sewn single or criss-cross elastics when buying ballet slippers for my daughters and so not having both when I danced, I needed to do …

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How to Prepare for A First Dance Competition-Ultimate Guide for Parents

My daughter was recently asked to join her studio junior competition team. Although I have competed at the top level and won whilst performing with a jazz and contemporary team, from my recent experiences as a dance mom at recital photo day (turning up with ballet shoes and tights, nail polish on toes for a costume requiring jazz transition tights …