Happy New Year!
We hope everyone had a joyful holiday season. Following The Nutcracker the dancers from YOU dance had a short holiday of their own and will return to the studio on January 10 to begin work on a new piece of choreography. Choreographed by YOU dance Artistic Director Lindsay Fischer and set to the music of Charles Gounod, this new ballet will debut in April with the Thunder Bay Symphony.
Daniel Cooke, a dancer with YOU dance, talks about the importance of proper nutrition for professional dancers.
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Student and teachers can send questions to any of our YOU dance performers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question may be featured in one of our upcoming newsletters.
A student from St. John Bosco asked: How do the dancers go on pointe?
Answer: Female ballet dancers train for many years to be able to stand on the tips of their toes. A good ballet teacher will let their students know when their feet have developed enough strength to start wearing special ballet shoes called pointe shoes.
Pointe shoes are made with layers of glue and canvas to form a "box" at the toes to support the foot. The shoe is then hardened in a very hot oven and finally covered with pink satin. The sole of the shoe is made of hard leather which prevents the shoe from bending too freely, and also helps to support the feet as the dancer rises up and down off their toes.
Free Workshop for Teachers
Teachers who participated in YOU dance workshops and performances this season have a free opportunity to learn new ways to bring dance to your class. Space is limited. Please email email@example.com to register.
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (lunch is provided)
Location: The National Ballet of Canada, 470 Queens Quay West (Queens Quay, just west of Spadina), Toronto