Author Archives: Kathleen McGuire

About Kathleen McGuire

Former ballet dancer Kathleen McGuire is a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Digging Deep

You already know that taking on a new role requires lots of homework, from perfecting the steps to figuring outMore »

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From Ballerina to Wellness Guru

Dancers need more than balance at the barre to be successful—they need it in life, too. That’s where Jessica Spinner’sMore »

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Conquering Stage Fright

It’s the day of competition. You’ve practiced your solo hundreds of times; you hum the music constantly, and you dreamMore »

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Your First Pointe Shoe Fitting

Your teacher has finally given you the OK to go on pointe! As any experienced ballet dancer will tell you,More »

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The Big Benefits of Going Small

“I remember declaring at age 13 that if I didn’t get into Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet or NewMore »

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Audition Troubleshooting

At this time of year, summer program auditions can feel all-consuming. There’s tons of pressure to get into the intensiveMore »

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