Ever found yourself in class wondering what on earth the teacher is talking about? Maybe they’re demonstrating a new step, or trying to get you to change the quality of your movement, but you just can’t picture what they’re talking about? Maybe it’s time to do a little research, on Instagram of course! Here are [ Read More ]

Getting rid of the MN freeze

Isabella Boylston, Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre Ms. Alexandra here. It’s January in Minnesota, and needless to say, it is COLD. As many of you know, I moved from my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to Minneapolis in 2016 to dance for Black Label Movement. Besides learning how to navigate a grid-system (which felt both [ Read More ]

The Nutcracker, a history in the making

The Nutcracker … ever heard of it? Probably one of the most famous ballets of all times with numerous variations and interpretations, what you might not know is that The Nutcracker wasn’t initially a success. It premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892 as a two act ballet that was an adaptation of the much [ Read More ]

The Evolution of a Style

There are three primary styles in the world of ballet: Vaganova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian), and French Style. Additionally there is also: Balanchine (American), Bournonville (Danish), and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD/British). But how did all of these styles come to be? And really, where is ballet from? The short answer is that ballet began in [ Read More ]

Practice makes perfect, but visualization is the key. 

Hello Platinum Families! Ms. Alexandra here. I’m going to be taking over the Ballet Blog from Ms. Tafat this year. I’m excited to dive in and share some thoughts and inspiration with you &  your dancer. I hope you will take some time every month to read & discuss the topics I’m sharing with you [ Read More ]

Ready, Set, Action!

Welcome to Comp season 2020-21! This season our yearly theme is TRANSITIONS.  As the Ballet Team continues to strengthen, articulate, and lengthen our dancers’ bodies, we will focus heavily on working to coordinate both the lower and upper body, so our dancers can better execute movement to movement.   We will achieve this with repetition, [ Read More ]


January and February we have been pushing the dancers physically and emotionally!   The Ballet Team has asked the non-Ballet COMP instructors to support our work by inserting ONE Ballet exercise into all their classes (except Hip Hop and tap classes).  In January we began with a turn combination that included 1/4, 1/2, and single pirouettes [ Read More ]

Holiday, Nutcracker, and Pointe!

December was an exciting month of new adventures!   In Ballet class, we had fun by transforming into different beloved characters from the Nutcracker (soldiers, sugar plum fairies, flower girls, rat queens, etc.), and while embodying those characters worked on powerful and graceful technical movements.   We had sissone jumps, bourrees (across and in a circle around [ Read More ]

Turn, leap towards a new year!

November was a transitional month.  We switched things up to get the dancers out of falling into “automatic pilot”, moving faster in class from combo to combo, with some familiar combinations as well as some new ones.  My classes also checked our balance by not using the barre for a few classes. I made some [ Read More ]


October was a busy month, but we finally nailed down our lesson plans and started making progress!  The next lesson plans are just starting and we will post some online under our BALLET TRAINING tab on our website to see if the extra review outside of classes helps our dancers remember the barre combinations. [ Read More ]