About Beyond the Barre
I started a website in 2006 called Future Ballerinas. I had just started dancing and wanted to share my newly learned information with the whole world. Suffice to say I didn't do a very good job of building the site, and it didn't have a lot of content. After studying ballet intensively for a few more years and teaching at two different dance studios, I now have a bit more to talk about.

Some posts may be instructional material such as how to increase flexibility, notes on arabesques, or little tricks on perfect turns. Hopefully there will be guest posts from experts or performers, and possibly reviews of dance books. (Working on that. Also: If you are an expert or performer, please email me!)

Fokine's Dying Swan (with variation by Galina Panova)
About Haley
I started ballet when I was 13. I got en pointe when I turned 14 and studied with Carolina Ballet for their summer intensive when I was 15. I came home from summer camp and started teaching and assisting at my studio under my artistic director, former ballerina Laura Karmi. I also had the unique opportunity to take 2 classes a month with prima ballerina Galina Panova of the Kirov Ballet. I trained under Panova for a year. I took a two-year break. When I went to Western Carolina University, I was given the opportunity to dance again. I started training January of 2011, taking classes, assisting in teaching the lower levels, and teaching private tutoring sessions for the university. I teamed up with WCU's Honors College and Stage and Screen department and created a Ballet Pedagogy degree program, in which I double-majored along side Professional Writing and Editing.

Encore Dance, April 2012

While in college, I taught beginner and intermediate ballet, and pre-pointe at Encore Dance in Sylva NC. I helped start their Liturgical worship team (their team has gone on to awesome things. Check out their website here.) I also taught ballet and pointe at North Georgia Studio of Performing Arts, a small studio oporating out of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Preparatory school.

Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School, NGPA, 2012

After graduating, I moved to Raleigh NC where I teach ballet at Stage Door Dance, where I mostly work with ages 5-14 on foundational ballet technique.

Ballet has always been my passion, and it's where my heart is. I have found that I have a gift for teaching, and I love to see my students succeed. I am passionate about helping my students flourish and do the best they can do, and learn as much as they can about confidence, their bodies, health and nutrition, and about themselves as individuals. I believe dance can be a pathway to greater things, such as greater self-knowledge, communion of spirits, and worship.

Miss Haley and a student - 2016, Stage Door Dance

Miss Haley and Little Stars class, 2017, Stage Door Dance

My other main hobby is writing. I also run The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object, where I write about books and music. Blogging about ballet combines the two things I adore. I hope you enjoy Beyond the Barre!
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