Is There a Link Between Ballet and Fencing?

I have long heard that ballet has its origins in historical fencing. It's a romantic idea and as someone who both teaches martial arts and dance (though not ballet) I certainly find tons of parallels in how they are both taught and practiced. The positions of modern ballet certainly bare some resemblance to classical and…

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Barefoot or shoes? Today on "Ask Clint"!

Provost, what is better: practicing barefoot or in shoes? I prefer and recommend practicing in shoes (keep reading; ┬ásome students prefer barefoot which is fine). Ultimately, there are pitfalls to be aware of (and avoid) with either. The biggest consideration I make is for personal health. That is, will your decision (shoes or no shoes)…

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