Get Your Pom On
1 Stand with your feet together in parallel and your arms in a half T.
and 2 Slice your arms down to your sides and ball-change your right foot back, staying in parallel.
3 Battement your right leg to the side and swing your arms up to an L (your left arm next to your ear and your right arm to the side, making a 90-degree angle).
4 Bring both feet together in parallel while swinging your arms down to your sides.
5 Pivot to the left diagonal, popping the right foot. Bring your right arm to your shoulder in dagger position and your left hand to your hip.
6 Do one chug in place, keeping your right foot popped and your left hand on your hip. Swing your right arm down to a low V.
7 and Jump out to a small runner’s lunge on the left diagonal. Pop your back (right) foot as you swing your right arm forward in a counterclockwise circle. Release your head back on “and.”
8 Bend both knees in parallel second, bringing your chest and poms down to your left knee with your elbows out and your head down, in line with your spine.
1 Step out on your right foot, turning over your left shoulder to face the back. Bring your right arm to a low V and your left hand to your hip.
2 Step across your body with your left foot while extending your left arm to a low V and putting your right hand on your hip.
3 Step out with your right foot while extending your left arm straight up to your ear, keeping your right hand on your hip.
and Step across your body with your left foot, bringing your left arm down to a T and keeping your right hand on your hip.
4 Step out with your right foot, turning your body to face the right side, as you swing your left arm down and around to extend straight out in front of you. Look straight ahead and keep your right hand on your hip.
5 Stepping onto your left foot, pivot over your left shoulder to face the left side, pliéing on your left leg while bringing your right foot to parallel coupé. Shoot both arms out in front of you to candlestick position.
and Straighten your legs, bringing your feet together, and pull both arms to your chest in dagger position.
6 Plié your left leg while shooting your right leg up to parallel passé and slicing your arms down to your sides.
7 Turning over your left shoulder, step forward on your right foot, with your right leg in plié, your left leg bent and your left heel popped. Break your arms to a low V.
Harper Watters is a ballet dancer for today's generation. A social media maestro and a charismatic performer, the Houston Ballet soloist is equally at home in front of the camera hosting his hit YouTube series, "The Pre Show"; interacting with fans on his crazy-popular Instagram account; or showing off his beautiful classical technique onstage. It's a multifaceted identity that's proven to be invaluable to his career—and it's taking him to places he never even dreamed of.
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The dancers who take our breath away are the risk-takers, the ones who appear completely fearless onstage. "When you see somebody trying to travel more, go farther, push the limits of their physical abilities, that's always going to be inspiring," says Ballet BC dancer Alexis Fletcher.
But dance training can feel like it's in conflict with that idea. We spend thousands of hours in the studio trying to do steps perfectly, and that pursuit of perfection can make us anxious about taking risks. What if we fail? What if we fall?
Luckily, fearlessness is a mental skill that you can work on, just as you work on your technique. Here's how you can learn to push yourself past your limits.
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Auditioning for summer intensives in person may be the ideal—but for Anna McDowell, a 16-year-old student at Juneau Dance Theatre in Juneau, AK, it's rarely possible. “Living in Alaska, it's difficult to travel to auditions," she says. “It gets way too expensive!" Instead, each year, with help from her teachers and a videographer, she puts together a well-crafted video and submits it to schools around the country. Last year, her high-quality video helped her earn acceptance to nearly every program she applied for. Most summer intensive programs, eager to attract students from far and wide, will accept video auditions from those who can't travel to take class. But major schools look at hundreds of submissions each year, which means video auditioners have just a few minutes—or even seconds—to make a great impression. If you're about to create an audition video, follow these tips from the professionals to put your best digital foot forward.
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Happy birthday, George Balanchine! The great choreographer and founder of New York City Ballet would have been 114 years old today. Balanchine revolutionized ballet, especially American ballet—and he also had quite a way with words. To celebrate Mr. B's birthday, we rounded up some of our favorite iconic Balanchine quotes.