How to “Start a Dance Blog” E-Book

Some of my fellow dance bloggers recently released an e-book about how to start a dance blog, and graciously provided me a copy to read over before I told my readers about it.

The book is pretty much perfect for anyone who wants to start a blog and doesn’t know where to start. While the book is written directed towards people who want to start a dance-focused blog, a lot of it can apply if you’re looking to start any type of blog.

A lot of the book goes over the basics, like choosing a blogging platform (, Blogger, Tumblr, self-hosted), choosing a blog title, choosing a tagline and even choosing your specific niche. Even if you’ve been in the blogosphere for a little bit, it might be worth the 8 dollars to go over some more detailed topics like analytics, social media, monetization, and SEO.

According to the book’s webpage, the book will take you through the following:

  • Things you need to know to set up your dance blog quickly.
  • Writing better content
  • Engaging readers on and off the site
  • Getting discovered using social media and SEO basics
  • Taking those next big steps like monetization and traffic analysis

The book was written by some of the awesome pioneers in dance blogging:

Find the book here:

[VIDEO] Kathryn Morgan’s Improving your Penche

Check out Kathryn Morgan’s website, If The Pointe Shoe Fits, for more great tutorials!

Claire Farmer’s Dance Injury App Survey

Recently, I received an email from Claire Farmer, founder of Dance Longer Dance Stronger (and who has guest blogged for ABP a few times) and she’s conducting  market research to support a funding application to create a dance injury app. Her goal is to create something that easily enables dancers to find resources and specialist dance injury care by just asking a few simple questions.

Take the survey here:

You can also help spread the word about the survey by tweeting:

Improving Petit Allegro Jumps with Kathyrn Morgan

One of the biggest things I personally struggle with is jumping, especially because while I was injured I was banned from doing any jumping, so I have less practice in it than anything else.

In this video, dancer Kathryn Morgan gives tricks and tips for helping you jump higher, faster, and better. They’ll also help to strengthen your calves and ankles!

Check out Kathyrn Morgan’s website, If The Pointe Shoe Fits, for more great tutorials!

Ballet Blog Update: More Classes and Pointe

It’s been a really long time since I’ve shared any type of personal update here. But things have been going extremely well. I’ve been making it to three or four classes a week (a lot compared to what I used to make it to) and a lot of the times, two pointe classes a week. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing and blogging.

But the good news is, both HQ and I have been improving a lot. Pointe, especially, has been going really well for me. I used to dread pointe class, but now I’ve been really looking forward to it. My legs and feet have started to become less sore after class (except this week after missing a few classes due to Easter and an unpleasant stomach bug).

We’ve started a little bit to work on our performance for the summer, which I’m really looking forward to. I really enjoy it when we work on combinations from week to week.

Blog-wise, I really want to start working on some how-to posts, but I’m not sure where to start. I definitely want to rework ABP’s How to Build a Barre post (it’s a little bit confusing). If you have other suggestions of what you’d like to see — let me know and I’ll get working on them.

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