How to Dance in a Tutu

Shortly after joining San Francisco Ballet at 16, I wore my first real tutu: a gorgeous white number for GeorgeMore »

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Mastering the Vaganova technique

Precision. Quiet power. Controlled strength. Regal carriage. Vaganova-trained dancers are easy to spot: Their technique is deeply internalized and theirMore »

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Background Ballerinas

You’ve finally been cast in Coppélia, and you’re thrilled! Before the show, you spend extra time on your hair andMore »

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The Truth About Turnout

Turnout—a combination of rotational flexibility and the strength to properly hold that rotation—is the foundation of ballet. But it’s alsoMore »

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On-Point Pirouettes

Whenever I watch a ballet, I’m mesmerized when a dancer whips out perfect pirouettes. The magic of successful turns mystifiesMore »

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Ballet Pantomime

In traditional productions of The Sleeping Beauty, when the evil Carabosse crashes the party celebrating Princess Aurora’s birth, she doesMore »

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