First Position

For dancers.

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Ailey, Cunningham, Dance Theater of Harlem, Limón, Houston Ballet & Martha Graham School of Contemporary in the 2008 benefit concert advertisement for EFSD.

Ailey, Cunningham, Dance Theater of Harlem, Limón, Houston Ballet & Martha Graham School of Contemporary in the 2008 benefit concert advertisement for EFSD.

Katherine Dunham in Rora Tonga.

Katherine Dunham in Rora Tonga.

worst-fucking-blog-ever-deactiv asked: Could you plz recomend me some good blogs about hip hop dancing?
plz put it in my ask :)
thank you :)

In your ask! But in case anyone else had the same question… 

fuckyeahdancegrooves.tumblr.com is a good one! 

If anyone has any other suggestions, hit my ask box.

Too cute! I’m dying.

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Ballet is hard. The tragedy of first position. 

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Appropriately titled “Adrenaline”. Powerhouse!

Choreography by Loree Kenagy.

This never fails to crack me up!

Travis Wall, It’s Raining Men, on season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance.

Have you ever seen a 12 year old break it down before? Well here ya go!

Lil Beastie and taYao, Inseparable - Mariah Carey.

Gillian Murphy of the American Ballet Theatre.

Gillian Murphy of the American Ballet Theatre.

One of my favorite female dancers along with one of my favorite male dancers. Together, they create magic.

Roberto Bolle and Svetlana Zakharova in Swan Lake.

Ahhhhh, I can’t control myself. So. Gorgeous.
Roberto Bolle!
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Ballet God Status.

Ahhhhh, I can’t control myself. So. Gorgeous.

Roberto Bolle!

thedancersblog:

Ballet God Status.

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firstposition asked: I was wondering if you have any advice on dealing with weight/body issues while doing ballet. i used to be wafer thin when I was dancing competitively and then gained a lot of weight when i quit :/ I'm doing ballet again and its so hard to think healthily when the girls in my class are so tiny! Helppppppp?

and also, do you think that dance alone is enough exercise?

Ah, such a good question yet so hard to answer.

It’s unfortunate that a lot of girls in dance develop eating disorders and poor self-image. (We can thank Balanchine for planting those aesthetics into the dance world.) However, dancers are athletes, first and foremost. Your body is your art. If you are depriving it of all the necessary nutrients, the quality of your art will begin to worsen. This doesn’t mean that you should throw body-image out of the window in its entirety. Yes, dancers need to be in shape. Yes, thin girls tend to have better lines. Yes, your body must fit a certain standard if you wish to dance professionally. But in the long run, the girls who lead healthy lifestyles will get further, believe me. I’ve been at it for ages and all those girls who had poor diets? Where are they? Well, their weak bodies couldn’t handle the pressure of dance. They had very successful yet very short careers.

As far as your question on exercise goes, it depends on what your goal is. If you are dancing for fun or weight loss 1-3 days a week, it’s great cardio but you would need to add some resistance training for toning. If you are dancing to become a professional and training long hours roughly 5-6 days a week, it’s definitely enough of a workout. In fact, I would somewhat shy away from other forms of exercise at that point to avoid adding bulky muscle.

Hope this helped! Feel free to shoot me some more questions..

P.S., yes… In the dance world, wafer thin is attractive. But outside of it, who honestly finds skin and bones sexy? Not me! Lean muscle baby, lean muscle. Starving won’t get you lean muscle, hard work will. :)

Heather Morris manages to pull of the “I don’t give a shit/I’m so laid back” thing without looking lazy. Love her attitude!