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 …

“But you have to be the best,” his mother told him. “Otherwise, I will pull you out.”

Rahul Muthyal artist of the month, Ballet, dancers Leave a Comment

Once principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Nikolai Tsiskaridze is one of the most decorated Russian dancers. He was born in Tbilisi, the capital of the then Soviet Republic of Georgia, on 31 December 1973. Although his father was a violin player and classical music was a regular part of his childhood, ballet was not a profession his parents would have …

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 …