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Learn the 5 Basic Positions of Ballet
Learn the five basic ballet positions of the feet with this illustrated tutorial. These five positions are a fundamental part of classical ballet training.
How to Get Beautiful Dancer's Feet
Learn how to enhance your foot arches for beautiful ballet feet.
9 Illustrated Steps to Help You Learn to Do...
The first of 9 steps in an illustrated, easy tutorial to teach you how to do splits, including front and straddle splits.
12 Popular Styles of Dancing
Learn about the many different styles of dance: ballet, modern, hip-hop, folk, jazz, ballroom, tap, and many more.
10 Steps to Making a Perfect Ballerina Bun
Follow this step-by-step, illustrated tutorial to learn how to make a perfect ballet hair bun.
Are You Familiar With the Top 12 Ballroom Dances?
Learn about 12 of the most popular ballroom dances.
The Basic Steps to Help You Learn to Point Your...
An illustrated turtorial for learning how to properly point your toes.
The 5 Ballet Arm Positions
An illustrated tutorial of the arm positions in ballet.
What Is Contemporary Dance?
What is contemporary dance?
Jazz Stretch Routine
An illustrated stretch routine for jazz dancing that you can do at home.
Correct Alignment for Ballet Dancing
Proper ballet technique requires precise body alignment and pointing of the feet.
Dance 101 Quiz
Test your knowledge of dance.
A Beginner's Guide to Ballet
Learn all about classical ballet. Learn basic beginner ballet steps and techniques of ballet.
Learn the Cha-Cha Slide: A Fun 9-Step Photo Guide
A step-by-step, illustrated guide to the Cha-Cha Slide dance.
Arabesque
An illustrated tutorial of an arabesque in ballet.
5 Ways That You Can Learn to Dance
Learn how to dance with this step-by-step, illustrated tutorial.
Teach Your Toddler Ballet
Teach your toddler ballet steps at home.
Dance Competition Tips
Learn tips and tricks for winning dance competitions.
A Straddle Stretch Routine for Learning to do a...
A step-by-step guide illustrating how to stretch to increase flexibility for doing the splits.
How to Tie Pointe Ballet Shoes
The first of 10 pages that offer an illustrated tutorial to teach a ballet dancer how to tie pointe shoes.
Prevent and Heal Blisters
Learn how to prevent and heal a blister.
Everything You Need to Know About Modern Dance
Modern dance is a dancing style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings.
All About Hip Hop Dancing
Hip hop is a popular, energetic dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture.
Your Introduction to Jazz
Jazz dance is a fun type of dancing suitable for all ages. Learn all about the basics of jazz dance.
10 Must-See Classical Ballets
Descriptions of the top 10 classical ballets.
Ballet Quiz - Basic Ballet Quiz
Test your knowlegde of ballet with this basic ballet quiz.
Splits Stretches
Try a few extra stretches for getting your splits.
Stretches for Splits
Learn a few stretches to help you do the splits.
Do a Pirouette
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of a pirouette, a turn on one leg.
Inside a Ballet Company
A ballet company is typically made up of principals, soloists, coryphees (first artists or junior soloists), corps de ballet, character artists.
What's a Good Age for a Child to Begin Taking...
Until the age of 8, children benefit most from pre-ballet classes. Before then, the bones are too soft for the demands of technical exercises.
How to Do a Battement Tendu in Ballet
A step-by-step illustration of a battement tendu in ballet.
16 Famous Dancers You Need to Know
Profiles and highlights of some of the most famous dancers, both past and present. Learn about several people in the field of dance.
Decorate a Ballet Bun
Fun ideas to decorate a simple ballerina bun.
Improve Your Turnout
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial to help improve turnout.
How to Make Heidi Braids
Learn how to make Heidi braids for dance class.
How can I get higher leg extensions?
Learn how to get your leg extensions higher.
Zumba: A Perfect Combination of Dance and...
Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance.
Start Learning Ballet Today
Why learn ballet? Dance.
A Step-by-Step Guide for How to Do the Cha-Cha...
Step-by-step illustrations of the Cha-Cha Slide, a popular party dance.
Basic Jazz Square
Learn how to do a basic jazz square.
An Illustrated Tutorial of the Charlie Brown...
Learn how to do the Charlie Brown, a dance step in the Cha-Cha Slide.
Spotting
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of spotting for turns.
The Basics that You Need to Know About the Tango
Learn all about dancing the tango.
How Much Do Dance Classes Really Cost?
Your daughter wants to take dance classes. How musch will dance classes cost? Can you afford it?
What Is Lyrical Dance?
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance.
Dance Expressions
Ballet dancers tell stories with their facial expressions. They use expressions instead of using words.
Straddle Jump
Straddle jumps may take tons of practice to master, but they are audience thrillers.
How You Can Become a Dancer
Do you want to become a dancer? Here is everything you need to know to become a dancer. Read beginner questions and answers, learn about dance equipment, and learn all about different dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and more. A must-read guide for anyone who wants to become a dancer.
What Is Folk Dance?
Folk dance refers to dances developed by groups or communities, as opposed to being made up by a choreographer.
Cha Cha
Learn all about the popular Latin American dance, the Cha Cha.
How to Do a Grand Plié in Ballet
An illustrated tutorial of a grand plié in ballet.
Jazz Isolation Routine
An step-by-step, illustrated jazz isolation routine.
3 Tips for Improving Your Leaps
Following are 3 tips to help you improve your leaps.
How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenails for...
Learn about treatment and prevention of ingrown toenails.
Learn More About the Basics of a Waltz
Learn all about the Waltz in ballroom dancing.
How to Get Your Child Started in Dance
Learn how to start your child in dance, including information about dance classes and how to find the perfect dance teacher.
9 Famous Dance Choreographers of the Past and...
Learn about famous dance choreographers.
What Is the Samba?
Learn all about the Samba in ballroom dancing.
What Is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is a fast-paced, often sensual, partner dance characterized by sexy hip movements.
What Is Swing Dancing?
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together.
Leg Stretches for Dancers
An illustrated tutorial of exercises to improve leg flexibility.
Characters of The Nutcracker Ballet
A list of the many characters who make up the holiday ballet favorite.
5 Essential Elements of Hip Hop Dance
Learn the top five elements of hip hop dance.
Is Your Diet Dancer Friendly?
Serious dancers need a proper diet to perform at their best. Learn about foods a dancer should, and shouldn't, eat.
Chatting With Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland of ABT discusses her late start in ballet, her role as mentor to young girls, and training tips for young ballet dancers.
Customize Your Pointe Shoes
Learn how to customize your pointe shoes with cushions and toe pads.
How to Tie a Ballet Skirt
Learn how to tie a ballet skirt.
Breaking In Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for breaking in a new pair of pointe shoes.
Stage Makeup for Young Dancers
A step-by-step, photographic tutorial showing the proper way to apply stage makeup, specifically for young dancers.
Cha-Cha Slide Steps: "Take It Left, Right and...
Learn the steps to the Cha-Cha Slide.
Tips for Cleaning Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for properly cleaning pointe shoes.
What Is Flamenco Dancing?
Flamenco dance is an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements.
How Is Folk Dance Defined?
Learn the definition of folk dance.
Leotard Styles
Learn all about the various styles of leotards.
Do a Rond de Jambe
An illustrated tutorial of a rond de jambe in ballet.
The Characteristics and Steps of the Jive
Learn all about the Jive. Dance.
How to Know Which Dance Style Is Right for You
If you are considering learning how to dance, you have several dance styles from which to choose. Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn, you must first choose a dance style. How do you know which dance style is right for you?
Tap Dance Tips for Beginners
Tap is an exciting form of dancing in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.
Learn How to Do a Demi Plié in Ballet
An illustrated tutorial of a demi plié in ballet.
What Does the Term 'Rumba' Refer To?
Learn all about the Rumba in ballroom dance.
What Is the Slow Foxtrot?
Learn all about the high-energy Foxtrot.
Learn to do an Elevé in Ballet
An illustrated tutorial of an elevé in ballet.
Dance Gift Ideas
A guide to finding the perfect gift for every dancer.
Improve Your Balance
Balance is the ability to maintain the center of gravity of the body while minimizing postural sway. Balance is an important component of all types of dance
The Ballet Lesson
A step-by-step illustration of a typical ballet lesson.
The Top 10 Dance Movies
Top 10 movies about dance.
4 Simple Tips to Help You Learn Dance...
The following tips will help you memorize dance routines quickly and easily.
Tap Dance Warm-Up
Learn how to warm up for tap dancing.
Adult Ballet
It's never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet is a great way to get into shape and learn something new.
Try This Complete Jazz Warm-Up Routine
An illustrated, step-by-step jazz dance warm-up.
4 of the Basic Barre Exercises in Ballet
Work at the barre is meant to warm up the muscles and improve turnout and balance. Each barre exercise should be performed on one side of the body and then again on the other.
Guide to The Nutcracker Ballet
For many people, the holidays wouldn't seem complete without attending a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Here is a close look at The Nutcracker, a traditional holiday favorite.
Cha-Cha Slide Steps: "Slide to the Left and...
Illustrated tutorial of sliding left and right in the Cha-Cha Slide dance.
Tips for Teaching Creative Movement
Learn a few techniques for teaching creative movement.
Lindy Hop
Learn all about the Lindy Hop. Dance.
Strengthen Your Back Muscles
An illustrated tutorial to help strengthen your back muscles.
A Guide to Ballet for Kids and Parents
A ballet guide for kids and parents. This guide will introduce both girls and boys to the world of ballet.
An Overview of Giselle: The Romantic Ballet...
Learn about the great romantice ballet, Giselle.
Thigh Stretches
A step-by-step guide to thigh stretches helpful for warming up before you dance.
Tap Dance Floors
Learn which type of floor is best for tap dance.
Butterfly Stretch
A step-by-step tutorial illustrating how to do a butterfly stretch
Do a Developpe
Illustrated tutorial of a developpe in ballet.
Learn How to Line Dance
Learn all about line dancing. Dance.
Tips for Pirouettes
Learn a few tips for improving your pirouettes.
What You Need to Know About the Paso Doble
Learn all about the Paso Doble in ballroom dancing.
What Is Country and Western Dance?
Country dancing includes several dances, usually danced to country-western music.
All About Belly Dancing
Learn about the art of belly dancing.
How to Install Your Own Ballet Barre
Learn how to make a ballet barre for practicing ballet at home.
Tips for Female Dancers
Learn about a few embarrassing problems you may face as a female dancer, and how to fix them.
Find the Beat of Music
Finding the beat of music is often one of the most difficult tasks facing new dancers.
Learn the Electric Slide
Learn how to dance the Electric Slide so you can join in the fun at your next event.
Disco Dance
Learn all about disco dance.
An Overview of Swan Lake: The Most Popular of...
Learn all about the famous ballet, Swan Lake.
Barre Stretches
Illustrated demonstration of barre stretches in ballet.
Strengthen Your Leg Muscles
An illustrated tutorial for strengthening the leg muscles.
Mambo
Mambo dancers appear quite passionate and seem to express that passion with the movements of their hips.
Passe
Learn the definition of passe in ballet.
Which dance style is best for our first dance?
The type of dancing you choose to perform should reflect the feelings that you share, and possibly a song that is meaningful to you as a couple.
Basic Ballroom Dance Positions
An image gallery of basic partner positions in ballroom dance.
Dance Team Tryout Tips
Learn tips for dance team tryouts.
Viennese Waltz
Learn all about the Viennese Waltz.
How to Do a Layout
Learn how to do a layout in jazz.
How to Jump Higher With Plyometrics
Many dancers complain about the height of their jumps. Do you want to increase the height of your jumps? Try these things to help.
Quickstep
Learn all about the Quickstep in ballroom dancing.
How to Create Your Own Dance Routine
It's fun and simple to put together a dance routine. Find out how to choreograph a dance.
Dance Competitions for Kids
A detailed list of dance competitions for kids and young adults.
Evaluating Ballet Dancers
If you go to the ballet, how do you know if the ballet dancers are good?
Pre-Pointe Ballet Classes
Learn all about pre-pointe ballet classes.
What Is Timing in Dance?
What does it mean to have perfect timing in dance?
How To Find a Dance Class
Once you have decided to become a dancer, it is important to spend some time finding the right dance class.
Pointing Your Feet
Ballet dancers point their feet to make a long, graceful line with their legs.
How Is Ballet Dancing Defined?
Learn the definition of ballet dance.
5 Requirements to Begin Pointe Work
Starting pointe work marks a milestone in a dancer's life. How do you know when you're ready for pointe shoes?
How to Harden Your Pointe Shoes
Learn all about ways to harden and repair pointe shoes.
Praise Dance
Learn about praise dancing. Dance.
Tap Shoes
One of the most important skills a tap dancer needs to learn is how to choose the right pair of tap shoes, since there are many different styles available.
What Is the Coppelia Ballet?
Learn about Coppelia, a charming, fun ballet.
What happens in a typical ballet class?
Learn all about a basic ballet class.
How to Prepare Your Body With a Dance Warm Up
A dance warm up should be performed before each dance practice session.
How To Strengthen Your Feet for Pointework
If you are new to pointework, or are hoping to start dancing on pointe soon, try this exercise to strengthen your feet.
Choosing a Dance Studio
Dance studios differ in many ways, so make an informed choice. The following is a list of qualities of a good dance studio.
Where Did Breakdancing Come from?
Learn about the history of breakdancing.
Learn the Definition of Elevé in Ballet
In ballet, is an elevé the same thing as a relevé?
Tips for Buying Ballet Slippers
Follow these tips to find the perfect ballet slippers.
What is the ideal body for a ballet dancer?
Learn some of the physical attributes of successful ballet dancers.
Anna Pavlova
The world will forever remember the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who brought a more traditional feel to classical ballet.
Bob Fosse
Learn all about famous jazz dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse.

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