• Q&A with Grace Carroll

    Q&A with Grace Carroll

    Firstly, congratulations on your achievements at the Youth America Grand Prix, can you tell us more about your experience over in New York and the lead up to the YAGP? Thank you! My experience in New York was very special. The city is so vibrant and stimulating. The competition gave me great opportunities and memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. What was one...
  • Core Control for Dancers

    Core Control for Dancers

    What is core control? You core is made up of all the muscles through the trunk of your body that help you stabilize. So the core is not only your stomach muscles. It is also the muscles around your sides, along your back and through your pelvis. There are deep core muscles such as your transverse abdominis, diaphragm, pelvic floor and multifidis (the muscles...
  • The Importance of Artistry in Dance

    The Importance of Artistry in Dance

    Ask an audience member at a dance performance, “Who is your favourite dancer?” and (after their own son or daughter) it is always the dancer who touches their hearts. They won’t remember if the dancer had the nicest feet, the highest legs, or turned the most pirouettes. They’ll remember the moment their breath was taken – probably for the rest of their lives.
  • Life After Dance

    Life After Dance

    The esteemed dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham once said “A dancer dies twice – once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful”. For professional dancers at the very pinnacle of their careers, the sudden loss of all they have worked for can be both daunting and difficult. Whether the decision to stop dancing is precipitated by a sudden medical...
  • How to help your Child Thrive at Dance this Year

    How to help your Child Thrive at Dance this Year

      Whether your child is dancing for fun, fitness and friendship or is aspiring to a professional career, here’s how you can help him or her thrive in class and on stage this year. Firstly, it is all about understanding what their goals are (as well as their teacher’s). It is also important to have good open communication and an encouraging positive attitude to...
  • The Art of Keeping a Journal

    The Art of Keeping a Journal

    If you’re studying dance at tertiary level or at school, chances are you have to keep at least one journal. On top of your other university or school assignments, a journal may feel like another piece of homework and one that is never completed. For some of you, too, one of the appeals of dance is that it ISN’T about writing… it’s about dancing,...
  • Put your best foot forward

    Put your best foot forward

    For a relatively small body part, we dancers expect a lot of our feet. The role of the foot in dance – perhaps more so than any other part of the body – is both functional and aesthetic. Our poor feet! We push them to the limits of their capabilities, but we expect them to look absolutely fabulous at the same time.    When...
  • Creating the Perfect Dance Costume

    Creating the Perfect Dance Costume

    Whether a dance student is four or forty, the rite of donning a costume for their annual concert is a special one… but, as any dance teacher knows, finding or designing the perfect costume isn’t easy. Nina Levy spoke to costumier Emma Macmillan, who studied costume production and design at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has been designing costumes for dance...
  • Boys in ballet: Fighting the parody

    Boys in ballet: Fighting the parody

    Written by Matthew Lawrence The views and opinions expressed in this article are purely the personal reflections of the writer. Ballet is a great activity for boys to do. It is athletic, testing strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. It is artistic, embracing creativity, movement quality, physical aesthetics and musicality – and further to this I would argue to the governing bodies of Australia –...
  • The Search for the Perfect Pointe

    The Search for the Perfect Pointe

    Last month, audience favourite and Soloist with Queensland Ballet, Teri Crilly, retired from the stage after an incredible 10 years. She won’t be going far as she joins Queensland Ballet’s Internal & External Relations team. As Teri reflects on her 10-year performance career with Queensland Ballet, she shares with us her intimate journey of a professional dancer’s search for the perfect pointe shoe. The search...
  • Meet Katy McKeown, Head of The Australian Ballet Education Team

    Meet Katy McKeown, Head of The Australian Ballet Education Team

      The Australian Ballet’s Education Team are often the first connection point for someone to get to know about The Australian Ballet. Their focus is to reach those who would not normally be able to access dance. Through the Art en Pointe initiative the Education Team will be able to use funds raised to reach more communities across Australia that have never had a...
  • A Brief History of Bloch and The Royal Academy of Dance in Australia

    A Brief History of Bloch and The Royal Academy of Dance in Australia

  • Leotards to Suit You

    Leotards to Suit You

    Back in the 90s, when I was a dance student, choosing a new leotard was simple because there were only a few options. Cut to today and there’s a myriad of styles and colours on offer. That means there are leotards to suit every body type. It’s fantastic but it can also be hard to know where to start, so I spoke to Bloch...
  • Discover: The Benefits of a Lighter Pointe Shoe

    Discover: The Benefits of a Lighter Pointe Shoe

    The first pointe shoe was a “barely-there” slipper, a mere scrap of a thing with some extra stitching and a tapered toe. Romantic era ballerinas, like pointe shoe pioneer Marie Taglioni (1804–84), relied entirely on strength of leg and plenty of fortitude to stay en pointe while simultaneously appearing ethereal and sylph-like. Dancers today, however, can balance longer en pointe and perform ever more...
  • Advance: Embrace the Nerves, They're Good for You!

    Advance: Embrace the Nerves, They're Good for You!

    Waiting in the wings for your cue to go on stage, your heart is racing, your mouth is dry, your tummy is a swarm of butterflies. As you notice these sensations you begin to panic. How will you dance your best in this condition?  Firstly, it’s normal! The first step to managing performance anxiety is knowing that some level of nervousness before performance is...
  • Develop: Beyond the studio

    Develop: Beyond the studio

    When we think about dance training, we picture the studio. From beginner to professional, barre to centre, plié to performance, it’s in the studio that a dancer’s skills are honed… right? The work you do in the studio is, of course, vital to your development as a dancer, but it is also important to look beyond your dance classes and rehearsals in order to...
  • Meet the Team - Sandie Windsor-Richards

    Meet the Team - Sandie Windsor-Richards

    We can't imagine Bloch without Sandie Windsor-Richards, the National Manager of Dance Products & Services at Bloch. If you need to know anything about Bloch and its products, Sandie is the go-to woman. She has been the heart of the team for many years, when asked how long she's been at Bloch for she'll tell you "since the last century!"  Tell us about your...
  • The Ritual of the Curtain Call

    The Ritual of the Curtain Call

     Hanging in the entrance of my childhood ballet school in Sydney’s East was a faded picture of Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev taking a curtain call. Although the photograph is captured in black and white, it was not hard to imagine the deep crimson of the velvet curtain they stand before, and the soft pinks of the roses strewn around their feet. This evocative...
  • The Ballet Flat

    The Ballet Flat

    There are few things as enduring in the fickle world of fashion as the ballet flat. Classic, elegant, and practical, the soft slipper once reserved for the studio has earmarked its place on most fashion editors’ essentials list. And while the current shoe trend points decisively towards the more louche, ‘man-repelling’ style of flatforms and clogs, the ballet flat is steadfast and safe in...
  • Bloch & Ballet in Australia

    Bloch & Ballet in Australia

    Three women sit in a row. Their gaze is intense, their arms indicating the movement they want the dancers to make. The women remember the past but their minds are focused on the present. The 2006 photo of Wendy Walker, Anna Volkova and Valrene Tweedie coaching the Australian Ballet’s Les Sylphides speaks of ballet past and ballet present. The women represent a thread that...
  • Upward and Onward

    Upward and Onward

    We often take flight in our dreams, but in reality very few of us fly through the air without the help of a prop – a parachute, perhaps, or a hot air balloon, a high jump pole or the wings of a hang glider. But there are exceptions, among them ballet dancers who have spent a decade or more preparing their bodies to soar...
  • The Enduring Romance Of Ballet And Fashion

    The Enduring Romance Of Ballet And Fashion

    Now more than ever, dance and fashion seem to be locked in a romance with each other. From Diane Von Furstenburg’s Ballets Russes inspired AW14 runway, to the tribal dancers who opened Rick Owens’ lauded SS14 collection, the two art forms are most definitely arm-in-arm. And while the fashion world has been flirting with dance – particularly ballet – for decades, the relationship is...
  • Our Gift to The Australian Ballet

    Our Gift to The Australian Ballet

    This year Bloch is proud to celebrate 80 years of unparalleled service to both the Australian and international dance industry.  With a history rich in innovation from the very first pair of custom-fit pointe shoes created by Jacob Bloch in 1932, today Bloch is worn by artists in some of the foremost dance companies around the world. One such company is The Australian Ballet,...
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