Why I let go of Ballet For Adults
I wanted to let you know that BalletForAdults.com is now back to its original website, TheLastDancer.com. It is here where my voice comes through with the most honesty. In this past year, I also turned the big five-o and hope to be a part of the adult ballet world as long as I possibly can . . .
Happy Anniversary, Ballet for Adults!
As we are celebrating our one year anniversary of owning Ballet For Adults, we would like to share our accomplishments and our goals for the future. Our most exciting news is that we are starting a podcast show that will provide more opportunities for busy adults to…
Christopher Hird Redesigns Adult Ballet at Sarasota Ballet School
An interview with Christopher Hird. Floridian adult ballet dancers have had a reason to celebrate since Christopher Hird became Director of Education at The Sarasota Ballet in July 2016. His focus and experience led him to design a new adult ballet program that is both exceptional & progressive.
When the Stage Calls
Chances are that as an adult dancer the curtain to performing on stage has been closed for quite some time now, besides the occasional supernumerary parts. After all, we know how demanding ballet can be and are well aware of the cost of productions (and that’s just the beginning). Yet there is a rich education…
The Dance of the Iconic Swan
What is your Swan Song? Odette’s variation is a devotional dance of transformation and its mastery lies in the perpetual story of the dancer’s own Swan Song. The white swan symbolizes light, or one’s highest self that is pure love. She glides gracefully along the…
18 Confessions of Adult Ballet Dancers
We dream of pirouettes . . .
Teacher Talk: Kristin Klade
Kristin Klade has been teaching adult ballet at Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth for a year.
Teacher Talk: Fleming Lomax
Fleming Lomax is a dancer and teacher with the Asheville Ballet. She has been teaching adult ballet since 1992. BL: When and where did you start dancing? FL: I started dancing when I was four years old in my hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. I demanded to take…
Teacher Talk: Gloria Buckley Ewerz
Gloria Buckley Ewerz teaches Adult Ballet at Dallas Ballet Center in Dallas, TX. She has been teaching for over 20 years. I had the chance to talk with Gloria about her career. BL: When did you start dancing? GBE: I started around 11 or 12. That was…
Ballet Is Woman: Supporting Real Women In a Rarefied Art Form
George Balanchine was famously quoted saying, “ballet is woman”. He believed in the strength and seductive style female dancers brought to the stage. Of course, his specific standard of the ideal “woman” was incredibly high, if not ironic: small head, fair skin,…
10 Tips For Your First Recital!
‘Tis the season for recitals! It has been your dream to dance on stage, and now you are! (Or will be) There are a number of performance opportunities open to adult ballet students at recreation centers, community colleges, and pre-professional dance schools. If you’re…
Ballet Aesthetic and The Case For The Booty
I have a booty. Even when I struggled with anorexia in high school, I still looked like a stack of ribs with a rump roast in the back. When people asked me how I got my bodacious backside, I told them “it’s in the genes, and I don’t mean Levi’s.” Witty posterior…
Misty Copeland: Triumph and Embarrassment
For the record, I think Misty Copeland is amazing. We all do. She has a bangin’ bod, flawless technique and artistry, and she’s humble, a characteristic that can be easily lost in prima circles. Copeland was promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet…
Want To Go Pro? 8 Tips For Advanced Adult Students
If you want to become a professional ballet dancer, you typically need to begin a serious training program long before you’re old enough to drink. However, this does not mean talented adult dancers don’t have a chance. They may not stand out as the prima ballerinas of…
9 Things Your Teacher Is Thinking In Adult Ballet Class
If you’ve ever taught an adult ballet class, you know you have thought at least one of these things! Adult students, take note . . .
You Might Be A Ballerina If…(10 Signs You’re Obsessed With Ballet)
When you love to do something, you want to do it all the time. Ballet dancers are a particularly obsessed bunch – they’re always finding ways to incorporate the art form . . .
5 Misconceptions About Adult Ballet Dancers
Ballet is almost synonymous with youth. In the past, little priority was given to adults, but thankfully, the trend is changing. However, there are still common misconceptions . . .
5 Performance Opportunities For Adult Ballet Dancers
Adult ballet students are not expected to perform, but some want to! If you long to grace the stage, talk to your teacher. They can offer suggestions about how to . . .
Top 3 Reasons Adult Ballet Dancers Rock
A pint-sized princess may be cute in a teeny tiny tutu, but seeing Mom (or Dad) break a sweat is an inspiring vision. Here are the top three reasons adults make awesome ballet students . . .
Hi I’m Nikki, The Last Dancer. My whole life has been influenced by dancing and this shop focuses on items that speak to a dancer’s entire lifestyle. If you found yourself here, my hope is that this website offers you inspiration too. The shop contains my own products and the blog is original content.