inspiration: kathryn morgan

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share Kathryn Morgan, former NYCB soloist, and her journey though the world of ballet.

Kathryn grew up in Mobile, Alabama and started dancing at a local studio from a young age. After attending the summer course at the School of American Ballet, she enrolled as a full time student for the winter course. When Kathryn joined the New York City Ballet in 2006 as an apprentice, she immediately started to receive attention. She was quickly given a permanent contract in the corps de ballet and was promoted soloist three years after joining the company. Kathryn has performed many lead roles including Dew Drop and Sugar Plum (Nutcracker), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), which she performed in place of an injured principal dancer only several months into her career with NYCB.


Kathryn performing in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as Dew Drop with New York City Ballet

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quick tip: fondu


fondu cou-de-pied derrière to tendu à la seconde

Hey guys! Today we’re talking about one of my favorite movements in ballet: fondu. Here’s a quick debrief:

  • fondu: “to melt”
  • fondu means any position where the weight is on one leg and he supporting leg is bent
  • fondu is commonly an exercise at the barre and can be combined in exercises with rond de jambe, rond de jambe en l’air, adagio, and even frappé
  • at the barre, fondu is typically done as a fondu cou-de-pied to a stretched position en avant, à la seconde, en arrière, or even positions such as attitude or retiré

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to ice, or to heat?


Injuries, aches, pains, discomfort. We’ve all been there. Even if it isn’t a major issue, injuries can be scary, especially when you’re prepping for a performance (which for most of us is pretty much all the time!). Although there’s rarely a magic cure, there are certainly things you can do to help your body on the road to recovery, and icing and heating are two very useful tools.

Knowing the difference between when to ice and when to heat can not only help you get back to dancing ASAP, it can also prevent the creation of a bigger issue that can occur if you use the wrong method for your particular case.

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trouble in pennsylvania


Dancers around the country are shocked at big news in Pennsylvania. Highly renowned ballet company Pennsylvania Ballet will lose 17 of its 43 dancers by the start of next season, marking one of the biggest changes in the company’s 53 years.



Pennsylvania Ballet dancers in George Balanchine’s Serenade.

Several weeks ago, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director Ángel Corella announced that he will be letting go of 12 dancers from the current company by choosing not to renew their annual contract for the 2016-2017 season. Additionally, 7 dancers decided to leave the company, either for retirement or to find jobs elsewhere. However, it is far more complicated than simply old age or wanting to find new work.

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welcome to backstageballerina!

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first official blog post of backstage ballerina! My name is Libby and I created this blog to share everything about the complicated world of ballet. This site will include technique advice, summer intensive guides, wellness tips, inspirational quotes, product reviews, and anything else ballet related! There also may be a few random little posts here and there 😉 Hope you guys enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Libby ♥︎