Friday, 28 December 2012

A Ballet New Year!

What are your New Year Resolutions? Are you a ballet dancer in training making firm plans to get more flexible? Work on your turn out? Strengthen those ankles?

If so here are a few items I found to help you become a stronger ballet dancer in  2013

Portable Ballet Barre £145 from Just Ballet
This easily adjustable portable barre means that you can practice in your bedroom at home.

Wobble Board from Dance Direct £24.95
This wobble board is fantastic for strengthening your feet and ankles for pointe work. These are recommended by physiotherapists.

Bunheads Latex Band from Dance Direct £5.95
This latex band will flex muscles, increase fitness, strength and flexibility.

Conditioning for Dance from Amazon

 Eric Franklin’s Conditioning for Dance will help you achieve higher jumps, tighter turns and more tension-free lift by: Strengthening your core using Thera-Band Exercise Bands. The book also features 170 imagery illustrations and a 20 minute full-body warm-up routine.

New York City Ballet - The Complete Workout [DVD] from Amazon
Strengthen your ballet body with this holistic fitness programme formerly used exclusively by the New York Ballet Company

What a great mantra for the new year, what do you think?
Love Nicola x

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ballet Quotes and Inspiration

If you can't get enough ballet inspiration, add us on Pinterest, or like us on Facebook
Love Nicola x

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The Benefits of Ballet

Photo's by Claremont Photography
Photograph's by Claremont Photography

At Tippy Toes we are promoting creativity in children through ballet, a space where children come to learn and express themselves. Our classes combine all the skills of ballet with the additional benefits of musicality and fun and are designed so that they nurture children’s creativity, energy and spirit - we encourage children creatively to be themselves.

There are so many valuable skills that children can gain from attending a dance class, not only the physical benefits but also: self-confidence, discipline, dedication, self-awareness, team work, negotiation, self-esteem, and concentration to name but a few.

Photo by Claremont photography
Photograph by Claremont Photography

Dance also makes an enormous contribution to our physical, social and creative health and well-being and has a powerful effect on children’s lives. We want to see the physical, emotional, mental and social benefits of dance extended to as many children as possible.

“We think about the world in all the ways that we experience it, we think visually, we think in sound, we think aesthetically, we think in abstract terms we think in movement”

Sir Ken Robinson said that “Creativity is as important in education as is literacy and it should be treated with the same status” we also believe that not enough value is put on creativity in all schools and we would love to see dance and other forms of art given a higher ranking in the education system.

We believe that “finding your passion changes everything” we hope to encourage children to find their passion at Tippy Toes Ballet, capture their imagination; provide enjoyment through movement and “sparkle and shine”.

Photo's by Claremont Photography
Photograph's by Claremont Photography

If you are interested in Sir Ken Robinsons complete lecture on creativity it can be seen at the link below:

Do you have an opinion on creativity in schools? If so, we would love to hear it, just leave us a comment below or chat with us on Facebook

Love Emma x

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