Author Archives: Kathleen McGuire

About Kathleen McGuire

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

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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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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