Should Dancers Swim? Should Swimmers Dance?

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet ballerina, Ballet, ballet productions, children, dancers, danceshows, insights, performances, swimming Leave a Comment

“Dancers shouldn’t cross-train.” “To get better at dancing, you should only train by dancing.” “Swimming is useless for dancers.” “Dance and swimming have nothing in common. What’s the point?” These are just some of the misconceptions many people have about dancers participating in other sports, and vice versa. Cross-training is the action of performing or participating in multiple forms of ...

Starting Ballet As An Adult

Keya Matthew ballerina, Ballet, beginner, dancers, experience, teacher 3 Comments

It’s easy to get intimidated when you hear that most ballet dancers start taking ballet classes from the time they can walk. It’s easy to think “it’s too late for me to start now” when you see a video of a nine-year-old on Instagram with her leg stretched up to her ears. But if you love to dance, it is ...

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My Internship At TLFCB!

Keya Matthew ballerina, Ballet, dancers, experience, insights 1 Comment

I was in the midst of my gap year when I found myself running out of work and out of things to do. When I started searching for more jobs or travel opportunities, one option stood out to me - interning at TLFCB. I’ve been doing ballet since I was about 5 years old when I joined pre-primary ballet with ...

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The Perks of Being A Volunteer

Keya Matthew ballerina, Ballet, ballet productions, children, dancers, danceshows, performances Leave a Comment

Every two years, the excitement picks up as every student and every parent eagerly awaits our shows in September and December. Everyone’s imaginations are running wild about the stage, the choreography, the costumes, the music - there’s so much magic in every element that makes up a show. With this in mind, you can understand that it’s no easy feat ...

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Dance Moms – Irene Manning

Keya Matthew ballerina, Ballet, dancers, danceshows, experience, insights, performances Leave a Comment

Irene is a dance mom at TLFCB, but she is also a dancer herself! Irene attends  Grade 5, 6, Intermediate and pointe classes here at the studio, and has also participated  in two of the foundation’s biennial productions. Irene at her second dance recital! An Introduction & Background My name is Irene Manning. I am a sales manager at Intel, ...

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Why Should Your Kids Perform?

Keya Matthew ballerina, Ballet, ballet productions, children, dancers, danceshows, experience, insights, performances Leave a Comment

Every two years, The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet puts on performances for the public - performances that involve a year of making spectacular sets, glittering costumes and learning magical choreography that brings the audience right into the story. A year of pushing our technique to the maximum, brushing up on our acting skills and working as a team to ...

Ballet Uniform

Wearing Uniform in Ballet Class

Elina Wisung ballerina, Ballet, beginner, children, dancers, Education, insights Leave a Comment

Have you ever wondered why ballet schools insist on students wearing uniform? Or why we at TLFCB are so picky about the length of skirts, quality of tights, and the fitting of shoes? Here’s your answer! Students wear the uniform in ballet class for several purposes. Each part of the uniform has a specific role in helping both the teacher ...

The Performing Arts

The Performance in Performing Arts

Rachel Oommen ballerina, dancers, insights, performances Leave a Comment

The performing arts aim to express the performer’s emotions or ideas by the use of bodies, voices or inanimate objects. A dancer uses their body as an instrument to tell a story to an audience, but sometimes dancers get trapped in a tunnel vision, focusing more on technical perfection rather than the characterization aspect of dancing. Let’s take a look ...

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Styles and Methods of Ballet

Rachel Oommen ballerina, Ballet, Education, history, style Leave a Comment

Ballet has evolved immensely over the course of the last 500 years. Starting off as court performances in Italy with basic technique, it is now performed  worldwide in various styles. Here’s a little history and background on the style variations in ballet. In the 15th century, in the midst of cultural revival and transition to modernity in Europe, known as ...