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									Learning to dance ballet

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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