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Snow Day

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Classes are canceled today due to the weather. A make up class will be offered. That class date will be announced in the near future. Stay warm and dry and I will see you all next week.

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February 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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Happy New Year

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Wow it’s 2014! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

Classes begin today and I’m excited to get this new dance season started. Just a reminder with the cold weather please make sure your dancer brings a sweater or sweatshirt to class as sometimes it can get cold in the room and remember to bundle them up on your way home as warm muscles and cold weather do not not mix well. I look forward to seeing you all in class. Have a great day!

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January 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

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Winter/Spring Registration

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Winter/Spring 2014

Registration for current students now open. New student registration begins December 17.

Our Winter/Spring term will begin January 6 and run through June 9 at Beehives and Buzzcuts (365 1st Avenue). Tuition for the semester is $475.00. Tuition must be paid to hold your dancer’s spot.

There will be no class on the following dates:

January 20
February 17
April 17 and 21
May 26

Our schedule is as follows:

Monday
3:00 Combo Ballet&Tap ages 3-5
4:00 Ballet I ages 5-7

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December 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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Turn out article from Dance Spirit Magazine

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Turnout—a combination of rotational flexibility and the strength to properly hold that rotation—is the foundation of ballet. But it’s also a source of frustration for many dancers. After all, not everyone (actually, hardly anyone) is born with 180-degree rotation. “When I first started dancing, my hip flexors were strong, but I was forcing my turnout without using the right muscles,” remembers Amanda Cobb, now a dancer with The Washington Ballet.

The good news is that it’s possible to both improve your turnout and to dance beautifully with less-than-perfect rotation. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about how turnout works and why it’s important. To help separate fact from fiction, DS asked the experts to disprove six turnout myths.

“Turning out requires rotating your legs from the inside of the hip all the way through to your feet,” says Nancy Bielski, who teaches at Steps on Broadway in NYC. That requires flexibility, strength and placement.

To maximize flexibility in the hips, most dancers need to begin training early, while their bones are still growing. Teresa Volkerson, PT, MS, a physical therapist who works with dancers at Orlando Ballet, says the best age range for building turnout-related flexibility is between 8 and 12 years old. Proper stretching can also improve your rotation slightly after puberty.

But all the flexibility in the world will mean nothing if you don’t have the strength to control it. Turning out correctly uses the lower abdominal and lower back muscles, the glutes and the thighs. It requires proper placement, as well. “In order to get the most turnout, you have to pull up to create room between the bones,” says Damara Bennett, director of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre. In other words, if you sink into your hips and legs, tuck under and grip your turnout, you won’t be able to maintain your rotation as you move from one position to the next.

For the entire article http://www.dancespirit.com/2010/10/the_truth_about_turnout/

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October 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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Monday classes

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There are still some available spots in our Monday combo ballet/tap and Monday Ballet 1 at Beehives and Buzzcuts.

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September 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

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Chelsea Classes

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Children’s Petite Ballet class forming on the West Side (Chelsea area). Class time and location TBD. Please visit https://newcitydancecenter.wordpress.com for information about our existing classes and email:
newcitydancecenter@gmail.com with interest to our new classes forming this October.

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September 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

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What a wonderful first day…..

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What a wonderful first day of dance! My combo girls were on fire today and they all were to precious in their tap shoes!!!

Ballet I girls….can’t believe how some of these dancers have grown! I am amazed at how much they remembered from last year. It was as if we never had a summer break!

Can’t wait to take on the 2’s in the Petite ballet class tomorrow!

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September 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

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