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My Brand New Site

Hi Guys!

After a year of trying to juggle all kinds of sites and pages all over the internet, I have finally managed to get all of the fantastic free information I provide together in one spot!

My brand new site www.theballetblog.com is up and operating, and is packed with information so I will not be posting on this site any more.

To celebrate, and as my Christmas present to the world I have released a FREE Downloadable Parents Manual packed with information of how parents can best support their child when they are passionate about dancing.

To let you know how well it has gone down with those who have already seen it, here is what one mother I gave it to had to say about it…

“As a non-dancing mother of two young dancers I have entered the world of dance and feel completely unprepared. Thankfully the ‘Parents Manual’ has rescued me! So many questions in my head have been answered and I have my Manual handy to refer to over and over again. My girls love to dance and I love them…and now I feel more confident to support them in becoming wonderful healthy dancers.” (K.C)

So go over to the new site now and check it all out!

Talk soon,
Lisa

A Brand New Newsletter!

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I decided that it was time to give all of our hard working teachers a special newsletter all of their own, to help answer some of the great questions I get through e-mail.

Pointe

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Many girls have all kinds of elastic contraptions to hold the heel of the shoe on…
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Turnout

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How To Improve Your Turnout Range!
How to improve your turnout range!
I get so many questions on how to improve dancers’ turnout, that I thought that a post on the topic was well overdue. The thing to remember is that your turnout is dictated by a few different things…
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Technique

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How to get your legs higher with a developpé!

How to get your legs higher with a developpe!
So many girls have good flexibility when stretching, but find it hard to use this when dancing, especially with a developpé. If you simply practise the step over and over, often the result is bulky thighs, with not a lot of increase in range. This will happen if you are trying to use the front of the leg to lift, rather than controlling the leg from the hip…
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Flexibility

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Quadratus Lumborum Stretch

Quadratus Lumborum Stretch
I was having trouble explaining this to someone in an email, so thought I would post a picture for you all to veiw. This is a great stretch for opening out the lower back if your have been dancing a lot. Take it gently, breathe into the stretch, and remember that it should not be painful!!!

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Specific Injuries

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How Ballet Dancers
Can Avoid Common Foot Injuries

How Ballet Dancers Can Avoid Common Foot Injuries
Most dancers will complain of some foot injury at some stage in their training, and professional ballet dancers will often be plagued with chronic foot injuries, ranging from mild ones that are nursed for years, to severe injuries that may be career ending…
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