Marianela Nunez as Nikiya in The Royal ballet’s production of la Bayadere

Expressions Beyond Borders

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet advanced, ballet productions, Education, history, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

by Ramya Manikam Often, the most exciting aspect about discovering something about an art form, is how the exchange between its various genres can surprise and enrich your understanding of it. Universally it is accepted that art transcends boundaries and connects diverse people. Art does not hold you towards political obligations and encourages you to stay open to healthy debate. ...

Dancing with the Elite: Prix de Lausanne

Maya Reddy advanced, ballerina, Ballet, dancers, experience, insights Leave a Comment

It’s that time of the year when the ballet world is buzzing with the terms ‘Prix de Lausanne’ and ‘prize winners’. As ballet students, many of us may know that this refers to perhaps the most prestigious ballet competition in the world. Started in 1973 by dance enthusiasts, it is held in Lausanne, Switzerland, every year. The competition is open ...

pelvic alignment

Pelvic alignment in yoga, ballet and life.

Elina Wisung advanced, Ballet, dancers, insights, yoga Leave a Comment

In order to gain the most out of any practice that requires precision of the muscles, joints, bones and ligaments of the body, the physical alignment of the body is vital. This is highlighted both in Iyengar yoga and ballet – classes which also provide good lessons on how to stand, walk and sit outside the studio, in order to …

Why is yoga necessary for a dancer?

Rahul Muthyal advanced, Ballet, beginner, dancers, yoga Leave a Comment

As a dancer and a regular yoga practitioner, I am drawn to more dynamic styles of yoga, a favourite being Ashtanga. Think non-static poses that flow into one another as opposed to holding positions for extended periods of time. I do, however, attend Iyengar style classes to complement my ballet training. Even something like classical ballet can be asymmetrical if …

Stretch or Strengthen? Ballet`s Perogative

Rahul Muthyal advanced, Ballet, dancers Leave a Comment

“Stretch only as much as you strengthen.” These words from Yana, my Ballet teacher, are what echo in my head after an Advanced Ballet class with the Artistic Director. At the time of the class, we were done with plies and cambrés to the back and instructed to proceed to the centre of the floor right after. The instruction to …