Dancing with Dengue

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Tanvi Mavuri played the role of Aurora in our biennial production “Sleeping Beauty” on the 14th and 15th of December, 2019. After nearly 10 months of preparations, and just 2 weeks before the performance, Tanvi fell sick with dengue and was admitted to the hospital. Here is the experience of this 15-year-old as she battles her way through numerous challenges …

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Lillian Chong’s journey with us as an Intern

The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet ballerina, Ballet, ballet productions, beginner, children, dancers, Internship 2 Comments

Above picture (Left to Right) - Elina Wisung, Lillian Chong, Yana Lewis, Sushmitha Margad In conversation with Lillian Chong - Where are you from? I was born in Michigan, USA (Northern USA, the state looks like a mitten). My mom, dad, and I moved to northern Virginia (on the east coast, approximately 20-30 minutes from Washington, D.C.) when I was ...

Should Dancers Swim? Should Swimmers Dance?

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“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 ...

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What To Do With Old Costumes

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

When the curtains have closed and the audience have gone home, and the makeup, accessories and props have been packed, what can you do with your dance costume once the show is over? Sometimes it’s more than one costume that we have to worry about as well! Maybe you’ve had several costumes for a show, or maybe you’ve done multiple ...

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Geetha’s World of Costumes

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Geetha Naidu has been working with TLFCB since 2000. She has helped produce thousands of costumes in numerous shows since then, including Belle and The Beast and The Nutcracker. After 19 years of experience with TLFCB, here's what Geetha has to share on this lengthy and laborious process! Walk me through the process of designing and producing a costume. It ...

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The Perks of Being A Volunteer

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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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Pippi Longstocking In Review

Keya Matthew Ballet, ballet productions, children, dancers, danceshows, performances, summer intensive 1 Comment

The theme for the summer intensive was a classic childhood favourite - Pippi Longstocking - the story of a young girl with a heart of gold and muscles of steel! With students of six different grades that took part this year, there was no shortage of variety or talent. After two weeks of hard work and dedication, the students put ...

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

Expressions Beyond Borders

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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. ...

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Why Should Your Kids Perform?

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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 ...

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Go To Live Performances!

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Should you take your child to live stage performances? The short answer is yes, you should, whenever possible! As budding performers, dance students need input from many areas in order to improve and achieve their goals, including from professional dancers. Here are some important reasons why live performances will enhance students’ dancing. Inspiration and Reflection Watching professionals on stage gives ...