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I can answer questions about ballet positions, ballet movements and ballet technique, pointe shoes and pre pointe exercise, mens training, ballet diet, general health issues related to dance, artistry, performance, modern dance, rehabilitation from injuries, and teaching ballet. I have taught ballet, choreographed, produced and directed dance companies. For any answers related to health questions I will offer my experience, and give references to information, but I also automatically include "see a professional".

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dancer, ballet and modern, choreographer, dance teacher, artistic director, ballet mistress, producer


I.S.T.D. Actra, Actors Equity



Graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada where I studied Cecchetti, Bournonville, Vaganova and Graham technique. Taught at the National Ballet School of Canada, York University, George Brown College and Harvard University.

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2016-05-24 point shoes:

Was that really me? Anyway, if the shoe is too tight cutting through that piping doesn't matter -when you sew elastic into that V shape, you can stitch it exactly where you want it, and along the piping

2016-05-21 Conflicting information?:

What a great question!     Having trained with Royal Academy, Cecchetti, French and Russian teachers I experienced contradictions in training. Yet I never felt any of my teachers were wrong.    When I

2015-10-30 dance audition dvd:

Hi Dawn. I would advise following the exact guidelines the school gives. What you want the most is choreography that shows off your daughter's strengths. It is a plus that the teachers are familiar with

2015-02-16 Pointe:

Hi Scarlett. Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about foot exercises:    If you do those every day

2014-11-23 what can i do ?:

Hello ao. It looks to me like there is limited dance training in Egypt for a free-style dancer like yourself.    I only have a search engine to determine that, but all I could find was ballet, Egyptian


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