Ballet Training
Erica Fischbach with students from the Colorado Ballet Academy. Photo by Tamar More, Courtesy Colorado Ballet.

Striving for higher extensions, more turnout and bigger jumps may be at the top of your agenda in daily class. But what about those finer points of your technique, the subtleties that make a dancer really shine? They need just as much of your attention, and letting seemingly innocuous bad habits linger will impact your overall dancing.

"There are no shortcuts in ballet," says Cynthia Harvey, artistic director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. "You can't expect good results by ignoring details that are the building blocks of technique." We break down five bad habits that are easy to overlook—but have a major impact.

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Stella Abrera (photo by Dylan Coulter)

Whether you're new to dancing on pointe, or have been performing for years, there's something for everyone at the annual School at Steps' Pointe Shoe Workshop. Panelists include American Ballet Theatre principal Stella Abrera, our editor-in-chief and former Suzanne Farrell Ballet dancer Amy Brandt, fitter Mary Carpenter, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Price and former ABT principal Ashley Tuttle.

Not only will each panelist be speaking on their area of expertise, but multiple pointe shoe makers will be on hand to fit dancers with different shoes. If you don't have access to an experienced pointe shoe fitter in your hometown, this is a great opportunity to try multiple brands and sizes of shoe.

The workshop will be held on February 7 at 6:30pm, at Steps on Broadway in NYC. Tickets are $15, but there are group/studio discounts available. Click here for more information!

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It may have been snowing Sunday night in New York City, but that didn’t stop students, parents and teachers from flocking to The School at Steps Pointe Shoe Workshop and Fair, part of the school’s Complete Dancer Series, sponsored by Pointe.

A panel of experts that included podiatrist Dr. John Brummer, pointe shoe fitter Mary Carpenter, and master teacher Lisa Lockwood led a discussion on foot care, injury prevention, pointe training and fitting protocol, while New York City Ballet soloist Savannah Lowery shared her journey towards finding her perfect shoe. At one point, Carpenter had students take off their boots to show how different foot shapes correspond to different shaped pointe shoe boxes. Afterwards, students could take pictures with Lowrey and peruse the latest pointe shoe styles from Capezio, Freed, Chacott and Gaynor Minden.

Next up in the series? An injury prevention workshop on April 6.

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