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Summer Dance Intensives – which schools to apply to

With applications now opening for summer intensives, it can be a daunting process to decide which intensives to attend and going through the applications for each. We spoke with two of our regular Dancewear Central models, Emily and Denis, and their mum, Olena, about their experience of summer intensives and to ask for any advice they may have. Denis is currently a full-time student at The Royal Ballet School’s White Lodge in London and Emily is a full-time student at The Hammond School in Chester. Both dancers regularly attend intensive... Read More


Christmas Gift Ideas for Ballet Dancers

Tis the season and with the Santa in full swing preparing for Christmas 2021 we’ve pulled together a handy guide with plenty of Christmas gift ideas for the ballet dancer in your life. Whether it’s a professional ballerina or an aspiring young dancer, here are some ideas sure to put a smile on their face on Christmas morning. 1. Bloch’s limited edition tye dye warm up booties Cosy, comfy and stylish too, we love Bloch’s limited edition tye dye warm up booties. They’re the perfect winter warming essential for the... Read More

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Ballet shoes and tights for diverse skin tones – our growing collection

Did you know that ballet shoes and tights were originally designed to look as if the dancer had bare legs and feet? In theory, this helped to create the illusion of longer legs and aesthetically pleasing classical lines, but it was completely impractical. We all know that people do not come in one standard colour, and so dancewear manufacturers have begun to tackle this imbalance. They have started to produce socks, tights and ballet shoes for darker skin tones, increasing the inclusivity of their ranges. At Dancewear Central, we want... Read More

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As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers Here we talk to dancer-in-training, Jessica Templeton, who is in her second year at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in the world. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? I am a dancer, who trains mostly in ballet and contemporary. I started taking my dancing seriously aged 13, when I left home to train at... Read More

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As we mark a year since the UK went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, we are running a series of interviews with dance industry professionals and dancers Here we talk to Precious Adams, Junior Soloist at the English National Ballet and the impact this last year has had on her with regards to dance. Tell us a bit about what you do in the UK dance sector? So, primarily, I am a junior soloist ballet dancer with the English National Ballet. I have been working for them for nearly 7... Read More

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Ballet shoe guide for mature dancers

Ballet shoes come in different styles and materials, which can be confusing for the beginner dance student. Ballet shoe guides are often aimed at the young dance student, however, and don’t discuss some of the problems encountered by mature dancers when choosing ballet shoes. We’ve asked Johanna Hadley, Silver Swans® licensee at the Janet Lomas School of Dancing, for her advice about ballet shoes for older dancers. Johanna teaches over 100 dancers aged 55+ each week and encounters a wide range of adult dancers. From those who are taking up... Read More

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Life at the English National Ballet by Precious Adams

Having fallen in love with ballet at the age of 10, Precious Adams has been dancing ever since. Precious has been dancing with the English National Ballet for over 5 years. We caught up with her at our latest photoshoot about her life as a professional ballerina with one of the world’s leading dance companies. What’s your current level within the company and what does this involve? I’m a First Artist with is like a corphyee. But at ENB you can get opportunities and dance any different level of a... Read More

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The best Dance and Musicals on TV Christmas 2019

Whether you’re looking for something to occupy the kids or just fancy staying in on a cold winter’s night, gather your family and friends, curl up in front of the TV and take a look at the best dance and musicals being shown on TV this Christmas. This Christmas, there’s something for all dance fans on TV, ranging from ballet to hit musicals such as ‘Cats’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’ Friday 20th December 6.00am Sky Arts – Les Patineurs This beautiful, short ballet is set in a Christmas scene on an... Read More

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⁠Ballet positions of the arms

There are many different names for ballet arm positions depending on which ballet method you are learning. It must be mentioned, however, that only the name changes, not the position. Good ballet technique is still good ballet technique, regardless of your chosen method or the name of the position. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you with the correct placement of arms in ballet, along with the positions’ different names in each ballet method. Bras bas – RAD, Imperial Ballet Fifth en bas – Cecchetti Preparatory position –... Read More

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Ballet positions of the feet

In ballet, there are five main positions of the feet: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. All five positions of the feet in ballet use turnout. Turnout is a rotation of the entire leg coming from the hip joint. The femur head rotates in the hip socket and is controlled by your Gluteus Maximus (or glutes for short) and deep outward rotators (such as Piriformis, Quadratus Femoris). Turnout never comes from the feet or knee, as this puts great pressure and stress on the joints. Additional pressure is placed on... Read More