Friday, October 14, 2011

PBS Arts Fall Festival Starts Tonight!

Miami City Ballet dancing Balanchine & Tharp (from PBS)

PBS is offering programing with dance on Friday nights from now until December 23! Tune in starting tonight, October 14, at 9 pm EST to watch a musical theater performance - Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Read more in this article from Dance Magazine.

Upcoming performances include, with dance performances in bold (taken from
PBS Arts from Seattle: American Masters “Pearl Jam Twenty”
Friday, October 21 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from Miami: Great Performances “Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp”
Friday, October 28 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET
(note from DNU - the company will perform George Balanchine's "Square Dance" and "Western Symphony" and Twyla Tharp's "The Golden Section.")

PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me The Banjo
Friday, November 4 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from Chicago: American Masters “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man”
Friday, November 11 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock
Friday, November 18 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from Los Angeles: Great Performances “Il Postino from LA Opera” with Pl├ícido Domingo
Friday, November 25 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from San Francisco: Great Performances “The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet”
Friday, December 16 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET

PBS Arts from New York: Great Performances "Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park"
Friday, Dec. 23 at 10/9 pm CT on KET

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hyperextended? What to do...

I have several students in my classes who are naturally hyperextended. It's such a beautiful aesthetic in ballet, but man is it bad on the knees! They are constantly dealing with knee pain and swelling, and one of them asked if I knew how to fix it. I told her I thought she wasn't supposed to straighten her knees all the way, which for a hyperextended person means locking your knees, but I wasn't 100% sure. So, I consulted the experts, a.k.a. Dance Magazine. This article thankfully confirms what I thought and told my student, and it describes what is exactly going on in a hyperextended knee.

I also learned that hyperextension is a kind of made up condition in dance. In the medical field, it's used to describe an injury, not a natural condition (see: Mayo Clinic). That isn't addressed in the Dance Magazine article, but it at leasts helps us dancers and teachers know how to fix it! Check it out:

Long break...

Hello to all my loyal readers! I have taken a very long break, and I apologize for dropping off the face of the earth! I got in a bad car accident while eight months pregnant, and from there, blogging was my last priority. Now things are back on track and I'm doing great, just still very busy as the SAH mom of a toddler and baby, while teaching dance at night. Thanks for sticking around and I hope to continue to offer you helpful tips and dance advice!

~ Sara