Ballet and the Joy of the Present Moment

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By Pournami Dheeshjith (far right in the banner image) When I first joined the Adult Beginners' Ballet class at The Lewis Foundation of Classical Ballet taught by Ms. Sushmitha Margad, I was so excited and nervous at the same time. Ballet demands years of training simply because of the strength, stamina and muscle memory that a dancer must achieve to ...

Ballet Bites – Mini Workouts

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By Anagha Madhan from En Avant Magazine Jan Feb 2024 While you wait for your school bus to arrive, or when you reach the studio early, pick one or several of these mini workouts to strengthen and stretch your muscles. Plie Series: 20 demi-pliés (half bends) in first position. 20 grand pliés (full bends) in first position. Tendu and Degagé ...
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Why you must watch Madu

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“So, it’s only dance that takes him there? Only dance.” Art doesn’t create distinctions, people do. Madu is a testament to how access to learning and performing an artform can be a life-turner, and how passion can drive one beyond the walls they’ve known and persevered within all their life. This documentary follows the journey of a young Nigerian boy ...

Fueling Ambition

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By Anagha Madhan for En Avant Jan-Feb 2024 As TLFCB steps into a pivotal examination year after a five-year hiatus, motivation becomes the heartbeat of every plié and tendu. The discourse around motivation is nothing new, especially in the early months of the year. While motivational quotes often adorn our walls, this time, let's step away from the usual rhetoric. ...

Why Should Ballet Dancers Learn Jazz?

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Jazz dance has its roots all the way back in the 1600s, when African slaves were taken by ship to America and brought their music and movement with them. Over the centuries, the genre has transformed significantly into the jazz dance we know today, but the rhythm and beat of its African origins remain. If you want to learn more ...

What is Musical Theatre?

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Broadway, New York Musical theatre is an exciting genre of the performing arts where song, drama, dance and dialogue come together to entrance the audience and carry them through a story. It is a much loved art form, with millions of tickets sold every year for popular shows across the world.  The two most well-known areas for musical theater are ...

Your attendance is not just a number!

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In the office, we've heard anecdotes of students and parents rushing to their teachers and administrators to know their attendance. While being aware of your progress is crucial, regular attendance extends beyond mere record-keeping; it instills a sense of regularity, punctuality, and discipline. After all, missing one class can mean losing a valuable skill! Becoming a dancer requires consistent practice ...

Alice beyond the Victorian Era

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Over the years of reading English literature, if there’s one genre I tend to run away from, it is the classics, and I try to gravitate towards literatures that seek to be "Windows on the World" (Damrosch, 2003). “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”  is the epitome of classics from the Victorian era and probably a book I would not have picked ...
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Must Watch Ballets this Festive Season

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The winter holidays are upon us, and it is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy some well-deserved quiet time. While you put your feet up and have a nice cup of hot chocolate, why not dive into the world of dance? Here are some beautiful pieces that you can watch at home with family and friends - enjoy! ...