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.
Tiler Peck in Balanchine's Ballo della Regina. Photo by Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB.
Even if you've been wearing pointe shoes for years, chances are you have some questions. There are so many variables at play when it comes to finding the right shoe and making sure you're training safely.
And these panelists know their stuff: They include New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, podiatrist Dr. John Brummer, professional fitter Mary Carpenter, master teacher Gretchen Gunther, and Pointe's own editor-in-chief, Amy Brandt.
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!
The School at Steps in New York City is hosting a pointe shoe workshop at their studios next Saturday. This year's event is geared toward dancers who are just starting out on pointe, but all levels are invited to attend. Hear from podiatrists, expert pointe shoe fitters, master teachers and professional dancers. After the discussion, representatives from Capezio, Freed, Grishko, Gaynor Minden and Sansha will be on hand to speak with dancers about their shoes and let them try on a variety of styles.
Date: October 15
Time: 5 to 7:30 pm
Location: Steps on Broadway, 4th floor, Loft 3
Tickets: $15 (free for School at Steps preprofessional students)
Are you searching for a company contract? Auditions are tough, especially in this economy. Anything you can do to get a leg up is worth it.
Next Friday, Steps Beyond and The School at Steps in New York City will present a panel called "Getting The Job." Josh Bergasse, the choreographer for the television show Smash, Ruthlyn Salomons, resident dance supervisor for The Lion King, Lucille DiCampli, director of talent agency McDonald Selznick Associates and Tiffany Little Canfield, casting agent at Telsey & Co., will all offer their advice for aspiring professionals. Although none of the panelists are exclusively ballet-focused, each has personal insight into both the dance industry and how hiring decisions are made.
Date: Friday, April 20
Location: Steps on Broadway, 2121 Broadway at 74th St., Loft III.
New York City's Steps on Broadway (with P3Productions) is putting together a new reality tv show that will follow the personal journeys of a handful of Steps regulars. They are currently casting dancers to film a reel to send out in hopes of getting picked up.
The producers want New York City-based dancers (ages 17 and up) of all genres. Any professional, student, retired dancer or dance teacher who makes Steps a regular part of their life is invited to apply. Filming will start this summer.
If you'd like to be considered to join the cast, email email@example.com with one to three photos attached. Put "Applicant" in the subject line and include your name, age and phone number in the body of the email. You'll receive an automated reply with a link to an online application form. Merde!
Attention, New York City–area dancers! The School at Steps, a division of the legendary Steps on Broadway, is hosting its annual Pointe Shoe Workshop & Fair (sponsored by none other than Pointe) this Sunday night.
Even if you think you've already found your perfect pair, this event is worth checking out. The evening will begin with a panel of experts—a podiatrist, a pointe shoe fitter, teacher Lisa Lockwood and New York City Ballet soloist Savannah Lowery—talking about pointe shoe fitting and foot care. Then you'll be able to browse a selection of shoes with help from fitters from Capezio, Chacott, Gaynor Minden and Grishko.
Everything kicks off Sunday at 6:30 pm at Steps (2121 Broadway, NYC). Tickets are just $10. Click here for more information.