Author Archives: Kathleen McGuire

About Kathleen McGuire

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

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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Dancing Bournonville

When I first started learning August Bournonville’s Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux as a young student, I figuredMore »

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Raising the Barre on Studio Snacks

When Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley fell in love with dance—and each other—they had no idea their passion would resultMore »

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The Truth About Your Breasts

Breast development is uncomfortable for every teen, but it can be especially traumatic for dancers. While you can hide behindMore »

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