The physics of ballet

A parent recently referred me to a TED-Ed lesson about the physics of ballet pirouettes, specifically what we call “fouettés” (meaning whipped turns). In it Arleen Sugano explains terms like rotational inertia, friction, torque, and conservation of angular momentum, and discusses distributing mass closer and further from the axis of rotation as you turn. Now […]

Summer Dance Classes

Many dance students take lessons during the school year and then have three months or more during the summer with no dance classes. Other students may take classes or “intensives” during the summer, perhaps even traveling far from home to study at a prestigious ballet school. Summer dance classes have two possible advantages for your […]