History of the Tango
The Tango is a form of ballroom dancing that is quite unique. It’s also a good example of cultural colonization. It’s a mixture of a dance called Tangano, which comes from African slaves transported to Haiti and Cuba during the 18th century, and a dance called Habanera which originated in Cuba during the 19th century.Discover the Rumba Dance
History of the Rumba – The Rumba, like the well-known Tango, has a strong Latin American influence. In the early part of the 20th century the Rumba was without a doubt the most popular Latin Dance to hit North America. A flamboyant Cuban dance it really hit its stride in the late 1920’s.A Pointe Shoe Exercise – For Pointe Beginners
The following describes a pointe shoes exercise, for the pointe shoe beginners and the hopeful. It focuses on training the feet to point, extending the ankle joint as far as possible, to force up the instep into its maximum arch. However, the toes, next for the completion of the movement, can point, and stay long and strong, or curl over. This is what you want to avoid. The toes can follow the curve of the arch, but not curl in their own joints. This should have been the way you have always pointed your toes in soft leather ballet shoes. Many dance students try to feel more arch by curling their toes over, but this does not help ankle flexibility. It puts the toes into a position, that inside pointe shoes, will create blisters as the top of the joints press into the stiff box of the toe shoe. Ouch.Perfect Ballet Positions In Press Ups Or Rises For A Pointe Shoe Exercise
A pointe shoe exercise for perfect ballet positions can be practiced sitting down. And by perfect, I mean the best you can do today, right now. Do not compare what you can do to your favorite ballerina and what she can do. Press ups, or rises, can be done perfectly by you, now. As long as you understand the form and the movement, you will do it right. Sitting in a chair, you do not have your body weight on your foot. Repeating the ballet movements exactly as you will do them in pointe shoes, you prepare your brain and your feet to do these actions precisely, safely, and in a way that you will get stronger and prevent dance injuries.Improve Your Footwork For Ballet Pointe Shoes
Knowing how to improve your footwork for better results in pointe shoes is important. I often hear students telling others “just do one hundred releves a day.” That kind of practice is not necessarily going to produce the outcome you want, but I am going to tell you the right way to get stronger ballet foot muscles. When you do ballet exercises, you must know with confidence that your technique is correct, or you are wasting your time and forming bad habits. Special foot exercises however, will help you correct technical weaknesses, and you will gain strength for dancing in toe shoes, at the same time.