Tim Olson’s dance career began here, at Northland, at the age of 3. He studied various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop at Northland School of Dance throughout the country at various renowned studios including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Additionally, Tim has traveled the country taking from […]
An eleve’ is a movement in which a dancer rises up high onto the balls of the feet, or all the way up to full pointe, from flat feet. An eleve’ is simply a releve’ without the plie’. Alyssa Ness demonstrates a beautiful Eleve’ for our post.
A Demi-Plie is a half bend at the knees and should be done to two counts. It is the basis of everything you do in ballet. It is important to hold your back, shoulders and front straight. It is a good idea to face the barre when doing plies as this will aide in posturing. […]
A slide with both legs bent either forward, backward or sideways and meeting in the air straightened. It can be done either in a gallop (like children pretending to ride a horse) or by pushing the first foot along the floor in a plié and springing into the air where both legs meet stretched. Alyssa […]
A lift of one leg forcefully into the air, controlling the leg as it lowers back down to the ground. The torso must remain straight and stretched. Alyssa Ness demonstrates a beautiful Battement for our post.
‘A’ is for Arabesque An arabesque is a long, graceful pose made by balancing on the supporting leg while extending the free leg behind.
Pointe work for students is an option when they have met important criteria in technique, age and core strength. Ideally students should have been training in classical ballet for a minimum of three years, taking a minimum of three classes a week, and be able to demonstrate the ability to releve’ with straight knees, step […]
Classical Ballet Training is often misunderstood and like many studios, we get a lot of questions about it. Here are a few common questions: “Do I need Classical Ballet Training if I want to be a Jazz dancer?” “How important is quality Ballet Training?” “Do I really need quality Ballet Training if I want to […]
There are times when no matter how we say it, the words of a happy dancer and their family simply say it better. We are proud of what we do, and are grateful for the permission to post this letter for you to see as well. Enjoy~ Words from a happy parent… My daughter is […]
This is our wrap-up blog about our London Olympic trip. It was a positive experience and I want to thank everyone that attended, because it took all of us to make this trip a success! Below you will find the names of each traveler, with photos shown for each of the dancers. The number next […]