Learning To Dance Ballet by aihaozhe2


									Learning to dance ballet is one of the difficult dances that a person could ever perform
because the dance itself requires not only physical strength but also skills and years of
practice and discipline. Since the dance is hard to master, ballerinas are trained very
early to develop the physique and discipline needed for the dance.

If you are one of those who are planning to learn ballet, you must first assess yourself
physically, emotionally, and financially if you can cope up with the demands of the
dance. Once you have decided that you can manage in all of these aspects, then the
next thing to do is familiarize yourself with everything about it.

Knowing the origin of something is very helpful in making decisions. This is also
applicable in ballet. Before you finally decide to get involved with ballet, make sure
that you are familiar with its history so you will have general knowledge about
everything that has to do with it.

Aside from the history, you should also be knowledgeable in the preparation a ballet
dancer must gear up for. Although many people say that passion and dedication will
make it possible for you to become a ballet dancer, having innate talent and light body
will make it more possible for you to become a great ballet dancer.

Along with training, you must also familiarize yourself with various ballet techniques
and styles so you would know what to expect. Usually, these techniques and styles in
ballet would require rigorous training and practice for you to be able to perfect the
steps needed for the dance.

Tips Before Taking Ballet Classes

The most common routine done is a ballet class is the barre exercise. Here, warm ups
through stretching and several steps and movements are practiced on wooden sprung
floors. To make the training and the practice easier for you, try these ballet tips before
your class:

- Stretching. Just like in any other sport or dance, stretching is very crucial because it
prepares the body for harder exercises ahead. When you stretch of as long as you can,
your muscles will loosen up and your posture will be elongated. Aside from stretching
before the class, make sure that you do post class stretching to loosen up tightened
muscles during the training. Stretching does not only eases the pain but also makes
your body more flexible.

- Familiarizing yourself with the vocabulary used in ballet. This is also important
because it will reflect how much knowledge you have about the dance. Although it
will not really affect your ballet skills, knowing the terms used in ballet will prevent
you from getting overwhelmed during the class. What you can do is to read ballet
terminologies from various resources such as dictionary, magazines, books, and
online sites.

- Taking time to find the right ballet slippers. The ballet shoes or slippers can greatly
affect your overall training because the comfort of the feet is involved. When buying
ballet shoes, make sure that they are made by a professional or endorsed by a specific
ballet school or famous ballet dancer.

- Learning the five basic positions in barre. This is very important to avoid
embarrassment and possible injury. The five basic positions include turning your feet
together at the heels, parting your foot apart, placing the your heel at the first knuckle
of the big toe, placing the feet apart for at least six inches, and putting the heel on top
of the big toe. Once you familiarize yourself with these basic barre positions, training
will be easier and less exhausting for you.

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