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Training Tip: Applying Corrections

Welcome to Training Tips– We can all use pointers that will help us achieve our dance goals! Part one of Applying Corrections delves into why addressing critiques is essential to becoming a better, stronger dancer.  We welcome guest blogger Rachael Hart as she collaborates with Conservatory Director, Nathan Bland to bring you this important blog series.  As we settle in to the

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Review: ‘Salute to Sousa’ Takes Center Stage at Innovations

The Company at Berks Ballet Theatre wrapped their Spring show, “Innovations,” to delighted audiences and a great review by the local press. Filled with contemporary, neoclassical work, and a dramatic 26-minute “Salute to Sousa,” the show was a well-rounded way to close out the season. “10 senior corps members gave a thrilling performance, filled with snappy moves, quick turns, precise

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Innovations: Artistic Director, Kelly Barber, Celebrates 10 years.

Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance & Berks Ballet Theatre Company congratulates Kelly Barber on her recent milestone. Kelly has been the Artistic Director at BBT for ten years–a true accomplishment! Kelly’s contributions to the the arts community in Berks County is immeasurable, and she has enriched the lives of countless students. BBT is so happy have Kelly as part of

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It’s That Time of Year: ‘Nutcracker’ Season

The holiday season is here and Berks Ballet Theatre is gearing up for a weekend of “The Nutcracker” performances. If you don’t have your tickets yet, click here. Some exciting news to share: two of our pre-professional ballet students, Gabby Beauvais and Allison Welch are featured on this week’s Reading Eagle Weekend cover! Check out the cover and click through to read

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Summer Intensives

Summer is certainly upon us with all the sweltering heat we’ve been having! With summer comes, summer intensives. BBTCD’s Summer Intensive for dancers 10 and up begins July 25 and runs through August 19. Along with Conservatory faculty, we have 2 exciting guest instructors. Week 1 | Conservatory Owner / Director Nathan Bland and Principal Teacher Kelly Barber will focus

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The Perfect Performance Bun

Having a slicked back, clean bun is key to a good performance! Many a ballerina will blame it on their crooked bun if they have an off performance! Here is a video of Gabby and Olivia from Ballet 7 showing you how it’s done! Follow their step by step instructions. I’ve included 5 key steps to making a proper bun

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The importance of age appropriate training for young dancers.

How important is it for young dancers to train based on their age? It’s a question that’s often debated amongst parents, teachers and dancers themselves. Good dance programs will build a solid foundation before pushing young dancers beyond the limits of their growing bodies. A solid foundation includes coordination, musicality, spacial awareness, flexibility, strength and the ability to focus and

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