Best of Alameda Contest – Voting Ends March 8th!

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We are thrilled and honored to let you know that ABA has again been nominated for Best Dance Studio in Alameda Magazine’s annual “Best of Alameda” contest!

If you would like to vote for ABA (and/or any other Alameda businesses and activities that you find to be the best), here is the link to the online ballot:

Best of Alameda 2017 Ballot

The voting ends on March 8th!

Nobody Has a Perfect Dance Body. How Can You Turn “Imperfections” Into Assets?

From the angles of your feet to the size of your head, it can sometimes seem like there is no part of a dancer’s body that is not under scrutiny. It’s easy to get obsessed when you are constantly in front of a mirror, trying to fit a mold.

Yet the traditional ideals seem to be exploding every day. “The days of carbon-copy dancers are over,” says BalletX dancer Caili Quan. “Only when you’re confident in your own body can you start truly working with what you have.”

Read the full article at Dance Magazine

 

Our Changing Bodies – Notes for Dancers in Ballet 3 classes and above

At ABA we maintain strict dress code standards because of the necessity in ballet training to create long, clean lines, and for our the instructors to be able to easily see those lines.  However, as our young dancers mature and begin menstruating, we find that they are sometimes self-conscious in class when wearing pads.

We know this a sensitive and delicate topic, and we want to encourage positive transitions into this new time of life.  To this end, Ms. Abra has spoken with the young women in our Ballet 5 and 6 classes, and they have said that they would sometimes like to wear a skirt or dance shorts (in a solid color) when they have their periods, which we support.  They may also wear black tights when they are menstruating. We do not sell skirts, but we do sell black dance shorts and black tights.

Also, Ms. Abra will loan out her ballet skirts if needed.  Please ask her or her assistant, and they will give you a combination to the locker in the lobby where the skirts are stored.  Please return the skirt to the locker after class.

We have reviewed some other ballet schools’ policies on this subject, and found that they are similar.  Thank you for your understanding and support, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.