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In Italy, ‘Io Resto a Casa,’ but Still I Dance

Dance is a social art form that happens in crowded rooms full of people. Partnering and dance instruction are all about touching. Movement requires large spaces. So what happens in a period of enforced separation and reduced square footage? In Italy, dancers have been experiencing these disruptions for weeks. There, the slogan “Io resto a casa,” or “I stay home,” has become a national manifesto.

Guest Author: Marina Harss

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How to Improve Your Center Split

Trying to get your right or left split? This stretch routine focuses on stretching the muscles that will help you get down in your splits.

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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How to Get Your Splits

There isn’t some special magic trick to getting your splits. It just takes a little effort and about 10-20 minutes a day. Follow Miss. Kathleen’s Ultimate Stretch Guide and you’ll have your splits in no time!

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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Ballet Workouts: Advanced Ballet Barre

Want more control when you dance? Want to improve your balances? Want better turns? This advanced ballet barre tutorial is full of tips to help you. Happy Dancing!

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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How To Do: A Cinnamon Bun

Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of requests from my students to do a video showing you all how I do my Cinnamon Style Ballet Bun. If you have long or thick hair check out this video. Enjoy!

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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Ballet Workouts: Better Turns

Want better turns? Do your pirouettes feel off? Still can’t master your fouettés? In this video Miss. Kathleen will show you how to evaluate your turns using cause and effect experiments and guide you through some great preparation exercises that will help you get better pirouettes and fouettés in no time!

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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Ballet Workouts: Intermediate Ballet Center Barre

Looking for a quick ballet workout that you can do at home? This one will warm you up and only takes 8 minutes!

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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Ballet Workouts: Stretch Warm-Up

Trying to get your right or left split? This stretch routine focuses on stretching the muscles that will help you get down in your splits.

Guest Author: Miss. Kathleen

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