The Tendu is one of the fundamental steps of classical dance. If performed correctly, Tendu can be a fantastic exercise for strengthening your feet and lower legs. This little video will give you some tips on how to perfect your Tendu.
Work Your Pointe
In every ballerina's life there comes a day where they are awarded the permission to buy their first pair of pointe shoes by their instructor. The ribbons and elastic must be sewn onto pointe shoes after they are purchased, and finding the proper placement for each can be tric ...more
When a girl gets her pointe shoes, it signifies a graduation - A step up in the ballet world. The only problem with picking up your first pair of pointe shoes from a store, is that they don't come with the ribbons sewn on! Learn how to sew your own ribbons on your pointe shoes ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to tie the ribbon on ballet shoes. Make sure that the elastic and ribbon are properly secured on the shoe. Begin by flexing your foot. Take the inside ribbon and loop it across the top of your foot. The outer side ribbon will go over t ...more
This video demonstrates how to matte down your pointe shoes for a recital or performance. For this, you will need a makeup brush and a container of translucent loose face powder. You may cut the powder in half, adding baby powder to it. This will lighten the powder a bit. Dip ...more
So many ballerinas ask how to know when their pointe shoes are 'dead'. This video helps you know when your pointe shoes are past their "used by" date!
This video demonstrates couple different ways to tie your pointe shoes as well as some tips and tricks.
If you want to know how to correctly tie ribbons on your pointe shoes, check out this video to learn one of the many ways the ribbons can be tied. Give it a try!
This is just a quick video to explain the dangers of working en pointe in ballet without any supervision.
Lots of girls want to know how much padding they should use and what kind to use. If you are one of them and need tips for your pointe shoes, check out this video!
Breaking in those pointe shoes, and still unsure of how to use them? This how-to video demonstrates the proper way to roll through your feet in pointe shoes. Follow along with the ballet dancer and practice proper pointe technique to achieve the full range of motion on pointe ...more
Maybe not everyone's aware of this, but when bought, pointe shoes are incredibly tough and when not broken in, painful to wear. In this video, learn how to break in new pointe shoes to make them easier to dance in. They can be bent, molded, massaged and even scraped to get the ...more
Check out this quick guide to learn how to get your ribbons in the perfect spot every time!
I am often asked how to break in pointe shoes. Many girls are a little scared to do it as they are afraid of breaking the shoe and then having to go out and buy a new pair! This video will show you that there is really nothing to be worried about. It will help you to break in ...more
This video demonstrates how to properly tie ballet shoes before doing ballet. First, in addition to the ballet shoes, some paper towels will be needed for padding. Fold about three paper towels together until they form a rectangle approximately 3" by 4". This will be used to p ...more
Elizabeth while showing us the way to tie your pointe shoes tells us to put the foot through the elastic first and then put some padding on and then stick your foot inside the shoe. Adjust the ankle part of the shoe properly after stretching the elastic up. You can use the thu ...more
Have you ever wondered why some girls look like their shoes were made for them? It is all in knowing what to look for when you fit your shoes. Follow this to get a great pair next time!
This is a great way to begin working in new shoes, and if you are a beginner, an essential exercise to get the feel of working through the demi-pointe.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to tie pointe shoes in ballet. Begin by putting on the shoe and tie the small lace. Then cut off most of the excess of the small lace (about 1 1/2 inches) and tuck it inside the shoe. Now wrap the inside ribbon of the shoe one time aro ...more
This video gives a demonstration of how to tie pointe shoes for ballet. The shoes are already on the dancers foot. First, take the wide ribbons and cross them over the top of the foot smoothly. Bring them up behind the ankle, right at the ankle bones. Cross them again at the a ...more
Hermès is all about giving out the free goodies—this week I posted a tutorial for making your own papercraft "Kelly bag" and for years now they've created "knotting cards", a set of DIY illustrations presenting different ways to wear their iconic scarves. Typically list headl ...more
Apple has some great features aimed at making the lives of globetrotters and mall aficionados significantly easier, such as having detailed floor plans for airports and shopping centers in its native Maps app. With this feature available in Apple Maps, you no longer need to re ...more
Increase your flexibility, elongate muscles and strengthen your feet with a thera-band and these at home exercises. Continue practicing ballet at home between lessons with the following instruction from a pro. Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe at ...more
The splits require an enormous amount of flexibility - however, with enough practice the splits are possible for anyone. Being able to do the splits quickly requires stretching, both at the barre and on the floor, to lengthen the hamstrings. Practice basic barre and floor stre ...more
Warm up your muscles with simple ballet barre exercises including: simple lies, tendus, degages, ronde de jambes, port de bras and frappes. Get a free demonstration and lesson from this ballet and pointe expert: Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe ...more
Learn how you can achieve this sexy green, purple and blue eyeshadow look with this makeup how to video. The following cosmetics are used in this tutorial: Pureluxe cosmetics eyeshadows in Sour Apple, Rococco and Grape, Benefit Lemonaid eye base, Bourjouis white eyeshadow, Kan ...more
Blackbirds are NOT singing in the dead of night. At least, not in Arkansas. The unexplained deaths of over 100,000 drumfish and 4,000 blackbirds in Arkansas over the New Year's weekend is still baffling the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Was it a lightning storm that kil ...more
Just starting your ballet classes? Not sure what to wear? In this video, learn from one ballet teacher what to wear and how to follow dress code. Ballet dress code usually consists of pulling the hair back in a tight bun and wearing a black leotard, pink tights, sometimes a ba ...more
Are you an aspiring ballet teacher? Much of teaching ballet techniques to students comes from demonstration & physical correction so that the student's muscles can learn the proper form. Learn how to teach ballet techniques from a pro teacher! Mikael Monson is an instructor s ...more
Take a walk on the wild side at La Pointe de La Torche, France, where powerful winds and waves draw surfers from all over the world. The rugged beach is located on the edge of northwestern France, in Brittany, where the Bay of Audierne opens to the Atlantic. Video: .