In a grand jeté the initiating leg is thrown to 90º which is immediately followed by a similar throwing of the supporting leg, thus creating the image of an arabesque or attitude suspended in mid-air. Dancers work hard to achieve this full split in mid-air and it is very much a "wow" leap when the split is achieved. Some dancers can even get an over split when they do a grand jeté taking that wow factor up a
The dance world is one with high expectations for those involved and those who dream of one day being center stage. Healthy nutrition for dancers is essential and knowing what to eat to fuel our bodies is a must. A dancers body is a fine working machine; it needs fuel, which is food to keep it running and in top condition to handle the demands of a full schedule
Many dancers are often asked to execute various moves before they even understand the functionality of the moves they are being asked to do. This leads to bad posture, poor alignment, and in many cases, even injury. Port de bras and cambrés are one of those moves that dancers never get to spend much time on, and a misunderstanding of the of one of the fundamental
Come join us this summer at Capitol City Dance Academy, the newest professional boutique dance training facility in Sacramento. We offer dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. Our summer session offers a full schedule of classes in all levels of dance from beginning to advanced dancers. Also, you can now pre-enrollment for our fall/winter session. Pre-enroll and receive $15 off tuition.
If you happen to have a kid who is super energetic then a Ballet/Tap combo classes would be a great choice. Ballet/Tap classes are a great for kids with high energy because they get a full hour of dance, but they get two different dance styles in one hour. This is also good because younger kids often have short attention spans so spending 30 mins on ballet and then 30 mins on tap is a great break of the hour.
If you have ever watched a professional dancer perform, you may have wondered how they accumulate their technique. The answer is pretty straight forward, it's through ballet. Ballet was one of the very first genres of dance and from it, other styles were born. While many professional ballerinas have to dance in pointe shoes, which are shoes designed so that you may dance on top of your toes
The Vaganova method is a method of teaching classical ballet that was developed by Agrippina Vaganova over one hundred years ago as an effort to reform the old imperial style of ballet teaching practiced in Russia at that time. This method fused the romantic style of the French ballet and dramatic soulfulness of the Russian character with the athletic virtuosity that characterizes the Italian school.
Dress code is one of those things that you may love to hate. It might seem boring to have to wear the same color leotard every time to you take class. Or perhaps having your hair pulled back into a tight bun secured by a zillion bobby pins has been driving you insane. Maybe the rule of "no jewelry" in class is beyond annoying. Take it from us, we know, we've been there! The thing is when it
The number one issue dancers face as they start to dance more and more is staying motivated. When Monday morning comes around you might find yourself dreading ballet like you dread math class. In class, you may become frustrated, you may start to goof off and not take class as serious has you once had. This is when you lose focus and sight of why you started dancing in the first place.Whether it was your Mom who put you in ballet class at age 4, now you're
Here at CCDA we follow the Vaganova Syllabus and with that we also follow the tradition of requiring ribbons on the girls flat ballet shoes. This is an old tradition from the Russian schools and maintains the age old femininity of the female ballet dancer. The look over all is very clean looking and put together, it is a staple of the Vaganova Method. The ribbons also offer support to the ankle, as they would on a pointe shoe and can help strengthen the ankles, while giving