3 Exercises to Improve Women’s Partnering

3 Exercises to Improve Women’s Partnering

The pressure for female dancers to be slim and feather-light is often at odds with their need to be strong. This contradiction is especially misleading in partnering. “Sometimes, a woman who has more muscle mass may weigh more but is actually easier to lift...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Ashley Mayeux

Now in her fourth season with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ashley Mayeux values co-artistic director Desmond Richardson’s hands-on help with tricky partnering. “I can always count on Des to come in and try movement with me. Then, I can go back and tell my...

What My Teacher Taught Me: Connor Walsh

Walsh in Manon with Amy Fote Before entering the ranks of Houston Ballet, principal Connor Walsh trained for three years with Houston Ballet academy instructor Claudio Muñoz. In his partnering class, Walsh learned to prioritize emotional connection. “His combinations...

Charles Askegard Teaches Partnered Pirouettes

Your browser does not support the video tag. A former American Ballet Theatre soloist and New York City Ballet principal, Charles Askegard co-founded Ballet Next with former ABT principal Michele Wiles upon his retirement in 2011. He has been a guest faculty member at...

Technique: Charles Askegard

How I teach pas de deux Charles Askegard coaching Ballet Academy East students Marisa Trapani and Alexandros Pappajohn The hall cutting through Ballet Academy East on a late Thursday afternoon is hectic. Students sprawl out in straddles, hovering over math homework,...

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