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

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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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What to eat on show day?

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Some of the biggest questions about performance day are “What foods should I pack for my dancer?” and “How can I keep them energised and full?” Proper nutrition is one of the most important factors that influence dancers’ health and success; unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked and ignored. This blog will summarise some key foods to ...

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A Dancer’s Diet & Misconceptions

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A lot of misconceptions about a dancer’s diet come from the light figure that many have. When people see a lean, muscular figure, they might assume that it comes from dieting and numerous dietary restrictions. In actuality, a dancer’s diet involves more food than you might think! It’s easy to forget that a large part of a professional dancer’s skills ...

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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 ...

Starting Ballet As An Adult

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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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Screentime Phantoms

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If you ask yourself how much of your life you have spent looking at a screen, would the number of hours per day shock you? It may not come as a surprise to find out that staring at the screen has become a species-level problem. Whether its hours of binge-watching youtube or a series, working at a computer at an ...

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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

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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

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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 ...