The Incredible 180 Degree Extensions

Ballerinas legs higher and higher

Isn’t it amazing that ballerinas kick up their legs higher? The postures of ballerinas nowadays have become increasingly vertical. Comparing to the past it is obvious that the angle of a ballerina’s working leg increased to 180 degrees – in very modern pieces even more…..

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2. Video: Spitzenschuhe nähen

Viel Arbeit für eine Prima Ballerina

Nur wenige Ballettliebhaber wissen, dass Balletttänzerinnen ihre nagelneuen Spitzenschuhe brechen, nähen, kleben und kneten, um sie bequemer zu machen.

Prima Ballerina Katja Wünsche zeigt uns, wie sie die Zehenbox ihrer Spitzenschuhe umnäht. Damit die Satinbänder nicht einschneiden, näht sie auch noch Gummis ein. Erst dann hat sie den nötigen Halt, um perfekt tanzen zu können.

https://youtu.be/DALHyng0zXA

Im ersten Teil erklärt uns Katja alles, was sie mit ihren neuen Schuhe tun muss – also wie sie ihre Pointe Shoes präpariert, bricht und weicher macht.

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How Ballerinas Customize Their Pointe Shoes

A big Deal for every Ballerina!

As we all know breaking in new shoes is hard work. Pointe shoes must be broken in to reach the perfect state. Many ballerinas destroy their brand new pointe shoes even before dancing in them.

Each ballerina has her own routine how to customize the fit and support her dancing style. Hours were spent on scraping, ripping, crushing, sewing, and burning, only to end up with a shoe that is uniquely tailored to the ballerina.

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What’s the word for a male „ballerina“?

Ballerino – sounds funny or not? 

Ballerino doesn’t sound perfect to me. It seems difficult to find the perfect name, but I googled it and found various terms for male ballet dancers around the globe. In Italy a male dancer is called a ballerino. In France, it’s Danseur. In the English speaking world, boys or men who dance classical ballet are usually referred to as male ballet dancers or just dancers. Weiterlesen „What’s the word for a male „ballerina“?“

Spucks Nussknacker, der tief berührt und doch amüsiert!

Warum Ballettliebhaber den neuen Nussknacker sehen sollten?

Ein brilliant erzähltes Handlungsballett virtuos getanzt!  
Christian Spuck beweist wieder einmal, dass er ein exzellenter Geschichtenerzähler ist. Sein besonderer Clou: Die Vorgeschichte der Originalversion von E.T.A. Hoffmann wird in den Ballettklassiker integriert. Aus der gewohnten einfältigen, wenn auch geliebten Nummernrevue wird ein Thriller, der einen von der ersten bis zur letzten Sekunde fesselt. Mit tollem Tanz – ohne jeden Kitsch und Ballast – präsentieren Christian Spuck und sein Team eine grotesk düstere Handlung.

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News from Polina

Star Ballerina Polina Semionova’s Comeback

Polina returns to the stage after a year of maternity leave. Her first performance takes place on the 26th April 2017 at Staatsballett Berlin. After this performance she will be awarded the prestigious title of „Berliner Kammertänzerin“. Good luck!

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Who are the 5 richest Ballet Dancers?

The 5 Richest Ballet Dancers in the world*

The world of ballet is full of dancers who dream of making a living from their passion for the art form. But in truth, professional ballet dancing is a cut-throat industry where less than perfection is rarely tolerated. The odds of actually “making it” in the ballet industry with a major dance company such as the New York City Ballet or the Bolshoi Ballet are very slim.

When a dancer first joins a company, they form part of a group called the Corps de Ballet. The industry is notoriously underpaid, with the majority of dancers working long hours for very little financial reward. Payscale cites the average ballet dancer’s salary as a tiny $15,080 – $26,419. Midlevel dancers, often soloists, could earn as much as $50,000-$58,000 a year.

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