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11 Reasons for Adult Ballet Dancers to Love the Gyrotonic® Method

11 Reasons for Adult Ballet Dancers to Love the Gyrotonic® Method

Annie Ashmann at her studio, Expand, Movement & Wellness in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where Nikki Ozment interviewed Annie for the Ballet for Adults Podcast Season 1, Episode 5 ~ Gyrotonic® Method & Adult Ballet. Photographs by Chelini & Oeffling. When you first hear about a trending movement method, most dancers are already familiar with it. If you haven’t heard of The Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis® Method . . .

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3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

3 Cross-Training Tips For Ballet Dancers

Ballet is a wonderfully challenging form of exercise. But what else do you do to stay fit when you’re not in the studio? Jog at sunrise? Or do you prefer downward dog? Professionals and novices alike do well to maintain a fitness regimen outside the world of…

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3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

3 Stretches Adult Ballet Students Should Do Every Morning

Mornings can be rough, but there are simple stretches you can do to start the day off right. If your first inclination is to reach for the coffee, try these 3 exercises instead to get your mojo going. 1. Cambré Cambré is the perfect morning stretch. Start by placing…

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5 Tips For a Better Warmup

5 Tips For a Better Warmup

A good warmup is like a good breakfast: simple, healthy, and prepares you for the rest of your day (or class). Here’s 5 tips for a better warmup. 1. Arrive early. Stuff happens, and sometimes we’re late to class. But if this becomes routine for you, you’re missing out…

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3 Fitness Hacks For Adult Ballet Students

3 Fitness Hacks For Adult Ballet Students

So you’re not a kid anymore. You don’t bounce back from a tumble down the stairs, you don’t have lightning fast metabolism, and you wake up each morning with newfound aches and pains. You love going to ballet class, but you’re feeling your age and you don’t…

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3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

3 Ballet Exercises To Help You Shape Up For Summer

Summer is here, and ballet can help you stay in shape. If you’re desperate to flaunt your new bikini but you want to trim up, these three exercises will help you reach your goals. 1. Pliés Got saddlebags? Pliés are a foolproof way to stronger, leaner…

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Ballet Exercises You Can Do At Home

Ballet Exercises You Can Do At Home

Whether you’re enrolled in a class, or just want to vary your fitness routine, there are simple ballet exercises you can practice at home. If you don’t own a ballet barre, use the back of a chair, or a counter top for support. Also, you’ll want . . .

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How To Do A Warm-Up For Ballet Class

How To Do A Warm-Up For Ballet Class

Doing a warm-up before class is essential to your health and performance. The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare your body for the physical demands of class. It increases body temperature, improves flexibility, and …

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