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When it comes to summer style we love all things ballet-inspired!  Peel off your tights and add a skirt, shorts or jeans to a sleek leotard or bodysuit for an instant ballet style makeover. These looks are classic, practical and oh-so-chic!

Some of our favorite summer street style looks are below. Pair with our Ballerina flats, espadrilles or your favorite heels to dress things up!

Daytime/casual

A pale pink or white leotard paired with a simple summer skirt makes for a lightweight, easy to pack outfit that will take you from the studio to the street and show off your Ballet Beautiful style! Add a sun hat, your favorite shades and our gorgeous handmade pink Ballerina flats for the ultimate off duty Ballerina look.

A dark colored leotard and high-waisted jeans is my go to look for summer travel. Stretchy and comfortable, the combination of a high-waisted jean and sleek bodysuit is easy to move in and great for those days when you are running errands, in and out of the airport, car or train and all around  or on-the-go.

Cocktail

I love surprising people by mixing my dancewear into evening looks! A jewel colored leotard with a silk a-line skirt and ballet flat or heels is always chic. Tie your hair into a bun and add a red lip for an extra dose of glamour!

Event

To me the combination of a full ball gown with a simple leotard is the perfect mix of volume with drama. I love the contrast between a tight bodysuit and very full skirt.  Add a few bud roses to your bun for some Ballet Inspired beauty.

Show us how you wear your Ballerina Style! Don’t forget to tag us #balletbeautifulstyle

Inside Ballet Basics

Ballet Beautiful exists at the intersection of fitness and dance, combining core aspects of both into a ballet inspired workout that anyone can do. Our streaming workout series Ballet Basics takes you back to the foundations of classical ballet, by breaking down many of the basic ballet steps in highly effective workouts designed for all of our Ballet Beautiful beauties.

If you’re new to the Ballet Beautiful method the Ballet Basics series is a wonderful place to start! You will learn common vocabulary and steps that you will use throughout your Ballet Beautiful journey. For our more experienced members Ballet Basics is a great way to work on your technique to ensure that you continue to challenge yourself and achieve your workout goals.

Think about Ballet Basics as your Ballet Beautiful “barre”. Every dancer, no matter how long they’ve been dancing, starts their day with a ballet barre to train their ballet muscles and prepare for a rehearsal or performance. You can use Ballet Basics the same way and prepare for your Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty workouts!

Here is a sample of how to use the complete Ballet Basic program, from the classroom to stage:

Ballet Basics Barre, Rond de Jambe
Ballet Basics: Port de Bras Workout
Ballet Basics: Arabesque
Ballet Basics: Sleeping Beauty, Lilac Fairy

All of the videos are also highly effective on their own, and a perfect supplement to any of your favorite Ballet Beautiful workouts!

Meet the Trainer: Jackie Aitken

How did you start dancing?

I am Australian, I started dancing when I was 4 years old in my hometown Brisbane. My mum put me in dancing for fun, then it turned into something serious. I studied ballet, jazz and tap. My parents never thought when they put me in dance class at 4 years old it was going to be a long life passion and career of mine.

What is your favorite Ballet Beautiful workout move?

Any abs and core workout! Core is so important for dancing, it centers and controls all your movement. And it is also so important in everyday life and for your posture.

I also love a good swan arm workout. It engages a lot more muscles in your body than you think.

What is your best healthy living tip?

Drink lots and lots of water and plenty of sleep.

What is your favorite dance memory?

I will never forget the first time I performed at Radio City Music Hall. When the curtains rose up and you heard the applause from 6000+ audience members, it was mesmerizing. It is unbelievable every time I get to perform there.

Favorite ballet?

I’m a classic — I love Romeo and Juliet.

Favorite go-to healthy food?

I love avocado! You can add it to so many meals or smoothies to give it that extra flavor and texture.

What is your favorite indulgence or treat?

Nutella! I have been addicted to Nutella my whole life. All my family and friends know this.

How do you style your dancewear from the studio to the streets?

I love pairing the beautiful leotards with some high waisted boyfriend jeans and sneakers, or sandals. It gives it a more casual and edgy look though still feminine.

Do you have a favorite app that makes your life easier?

With the busy New Yorker life commuting multiple times in a day from dance classes, rehearsals or teaching at Ballet Beautiful, Spotify definitely makes my life more pleasant by being able to listen to some fun or calming music throughout my day.

When you’re not dancing, we can find you… 

At my favorite Aussie cafes having brunch – Two hands, Banter, Citizens of Chelsea or Bluestone lane. I mentioned above I love avocado, Aussies know how to make a great avo’ on toast, my fav!

Postnatal Training – Making Time for Mom

Dear Beauties,

Life is busy and with kids! Working out and staying active can become even more of a challenge. The biggest issue that I face and struggle with, as a mother is time. Time for kids, time for work, time for me… most days I just can’t do it all!

As a mom of two I’ve found that my time is even more in demand and making sure that both kids get enough mommy time can make it hard to leave time for other things. What I am learning is that the more we can do as a family to support a healthy, active lifestyle, the happier we all are!

People ask me all the time about the secret to getting back in shape after a baby. Truthfully there isn’t a quick solution or magic formula. The answer to rebuilding muscle tone and strength is about finding a way to make exercise a part of your life again. Is it tough as a mom? Definitely. But taking care of yourself and taking charge of your health is also doable and completely worth the time spent. You are worth it!

I found the recovery process to be very different with each of our daughters as the deliveries were so different. With Lumina I had an emergency c-section after over 24hrs of labor. The recovery process from the surgery was something I had never even contemplated – I was completely unprepared for what was in store. I can’t think of a time when I have felt less connected to my body or more terrified about how I felt physically than after delivering Lumina. I was swollen everywhere and had intense back pain. When we left the hospital my stomach was still so big that I couldn’t zip my jacket over my tummy.  Everything settled down in time but in those early days I feared that I would never be able to physically recover. For any moms that had a c-section and are ready to start working out again don’t miss my new c-section recovery workouts here. I filmed these when Lumina was around 4-5 months old. You might notice that my body looks pretty different than it does today, all completely healthy, normal and good!

Violette, my second, was born via VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and the experience could not have been more different. As an experienced mom I was much more confident with the baby, but I also felt so much more like me in the days after her delivery. I had to remind myself to slow down and not push too quickly. Even a short walk in the neighborhood felt like too much for about 3 weeks.

After my Doctor cleared me to workout I started back slowly both times. With Lumina I took extra care not to target my core for many weeks and months after delivery, starting first with focusing on strengthening my legs, arms and butt. As I felt stronger and my body was more healed I began incorporating bridge work and gentle abdominal exercises to slowly rebuild. I took a lot of care to stay hydrated and making sure I was also eating enough calories and protein so that I could maintain my milk production as I breastfed both girls over a year.  Dieting and breastfeeding do not mix, I found I had to drink tons of water and eat a lot of high quality proteins to maintain my supply. With Violette everything moved more quickly and I was ready for more challenges more quickly.

When it comes to postnatal workouts it is so important to be patient and kind to yourself. Remember to always treat your body and yourself with love. A workout should empower and strengthen you. Go slowly, set realistic goals and don’t compare your progress to others.

Have a beautiful workout!

Love,

Xoxo Mary Helen

Ballet Beautiful Buzz #10

Listen: You Must Remember This Podcast

It is so much fun to listen to this podcast! It shares the inside secrets and stories from Hollywood’s Golden Age. All the episodes are well researched and involve great storytelling. It is fascinating to hear what happened behind the scenes during this iconic time period. We always find ourselves completely sucked in and looking forward to the next episode. If you love classic movies, history or interesting gossip, we highly recommend this podcast!

Watch: Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan & Wonder Woman

We have two great movies for you! If you are in NYC – we recommend the new Wendy Whelan film called Restless Creature. Wendy is an incredible ballerina who danced with the New York City Ballet for 30 years! See this film for a night of beautiful dancing performances and an inside look at the determination and hard work that takes place behind the scenes.

AND of course we are very excited about Wonder Woman! It is about time we had a female superhero movie! It is great to see the incredible reviews it has received and its box office performance. Not only is it such a great story, the message it sends and how empowering it is for women and girls is all around wonderful!

Make: Summer Berry Trifle or Cobbler

We love using fresh berries in the Summer since they are finally in season. They are such a great way to enjoy a sweet, healthy treat. We are currently obsessed with our Red, White, and Blue “Trifle” from our Memorial Day Dishes post — you can find the recipe here. Another great treat we love to make is a fresh berry cobbler. Enjoy!

Wear: ALEXACHUNG

We are excited about Alexa Chung’s new clothing line! We love seeing what Alexa is wearing because she always puts her own unique touch on any outfit. Her style is distinctive and personal, so we are glad that we can now find all things Alexa in one spot! We personally love her dresses and mini skirts. Check out the full line here.

Summer Drinks

Summer has *almost* officially arrived, and we are already feeling the heat! One of our favorite ways to cool down is with a fun drink that is ice cold and refreshing. We’ve even started making our own “spa water” at the studio by adding lemons and limes to our water pitchers! Many of the beverage options in stores and coffee shops are loaded with sugar or artificial additives, so we decided to create our own using healthy and all natural ingredients. We’ve included some of our favorite recipes below. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Cucumber Mint Lemonade:

-Sliced Cucumbers

-Lemonade (homemade or store-bought)

-Mint

Sparkling Berry Refresher:

-Sparkling Water

-Raspberries

-Blackberries

-Sliced Strawberries

-Optional: Mint or Sliced Lemon to garnish

Watermelon and Lime Cooler:

-Unsweetened Watermelon Juice

-Sparkling Water

-Watermelon Chunks

-Juice from 1/2 lime

-Lime for garnish

Mango Peach Iced Tea:

-Unsweetened Iced Tea

-Mango Puree

-Sliced Peaches

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Ballet Bootcamp – Summer Challenge

Hi Beauties! The summer is upon us and we thought it would be fun to turn up the heat with a Bootcamp Style Workout Challenge.  We’ve included a few more exercises than our traditional BBChallenge to help increase the burn. These exercises will help you kick off your summer workout and achieve amazing results.

Just like the other BB Challenges, it will consist of completing the workouts every day and we will help keep each other motivated. Share your workouts with us and how you are doing by using the hashtag: #BBChallenge. We will also be sharing our updates with all of you on our social media channels so please follow along with us @balletbeautifulfit.

Here are the details:

We will be starting the challenge on Monday, June 12 and it will be ending on Sunday, June 18.

All the workouts we will be following are available in the Custom Workout. If you are not a member of the Custom Workout, this is a great time to join to get started on achieving your fitness goals! *Use code SpringCW17 for 60% off your first month.

It is very easy to do these workouts no matter where you are. The only equipment you will be needing is a mat and some space. It is also always helpful to have a towel with you and some water.

Please join us as we #TrainLikeABallerina! We can’t wait to get started!

Click here to download & print a PDF version of the calendar.

Summer Abs

Building a strong sleek dancer’s core is at the center of every Ballet Beautiful workout. Try these 3 exercises to target your ballet core!

Classic Ballet Beautiful Abs with Extended Arms- In this position lower and lift your upper body. As your body lowers allow your arms to drop slightly releasing in your elbows. When you your body lifts bring your arms back up slightly above shoulder height.
4 sets of 8 reps

Training Tips:
-Relax your shoulders away from your ears
-Think of pulling your belly button to your spine
-Only go back as far as you can while keeping your stomach pulled in

 

Ab Twist with Port de Bras- Begin in the same starting position as the exercise above. As you sit up tall add a slight twist in your upper body to the left while lifting your right arm overhead, as shown. Lower your body to center and repeat to the right.
4 sets of 8 reps alternating sides

Training Tips:
-Keep your hips square when twisting
-Relax your hip flexors when sitting up tall
-Initiate the lowering of your body by pulling your abs in more

Ballet Abs Extension- Lying on your back begin with both legs reaching straight up from your hips in a small 1st position. Lower your left leg and left arm while keeping your abs engaged. Stop your leg about 1 inch off the ground and return back to the starting position and repeat on the right.
4 sets of 8 reps alternating sides

Training Tips:
-Only lower your leg as far as you can with your stomach pulled in
-Keep both legs stretched long
-Relax your neck and shoulders

Have fun and enjoy your workout!

Find more helpful tips to get the most out of your ab work here.

 

 

Ballet Beautiful Around the Web

Hello Ballet Beauties! We have a new roundup of some of the gorgeous Ballet Beautiful pictures we have seen around the web. We always love seeing your snaps so please tag us or use the #BalletBeautiful hashtag so we can see how you #TrainLikeABallerina! Please keep sharing them with us!

Huge thanks to @victoriasport, @mommymadnessch, @anaischarlotte.s, @beczenbooks, @fie.holm, @mcommemanoon, @lcaitlin and @zagreb41_tam!

Here is a list of the Ballet Beautiful pieces featured above:

Custom Workout

Satin workout slippers with elastic

Classic legwarmers

– Arabesque tee

Ballerina crew neck tee

Pinch-front cami leotard

Maximize your Summer Burn!

Congratulations, Beauties you’ve finally made it to warmer weather! With summer plans and beach trips quickly approaching it’s also important to think about carving out time for yourself and your workout. One thing to keep in mind is that flexibility is key and you can do your Ballet Beautiful workout anytime and anywhere.

Below are some of our favorite exercises and programs to keep you feeling fabulous and toned, even if you only have 15 minutes before hitting the beach. We always feel just a little bit better with our ballet posture and tight muscles activated to take on the day.

 

BB Classic Exercises (Perform all exercises as a full series)

4 sets of 8 Swan Arms low, 4 sets of 8 Swan Arms high, 4 sets of 8 Swan Arms side

5 sets of 8 Classic Bridge, feet hip width apart

4 sets of 8 Classic Ballet Beautiful abs, lower and lift

4 sets of 8 Hold in the lower, hard to hold, ab position

4 sets of 8 Plié in first position (standing)

4 sets of 8 Relevé in second position (standing)

**Bonus try Swan Arms in the ocean or pool. The added resistance of the water increases the burn

 

Streaming Videos (Choose 1 video then enjoy the sun!)

Stretch & Tone: Arms and Abs

Prima Series Full Body on the Mat

Ballerina Leg Blast on the Mat

15-min Ballet Beautiful Body

 

Custom Workout

This is an awesome choice for our Beauties looking to maximize our exclusive Streaming Library and their results.  With access to the complete streaming library enjoy personalized weekly workouts from any location!