Ballet Tips for Beginners

Ballet is a highly technical, incredibly difficult style of dance that often takes a lifetime to perfect, and even then requires constant training to keep up. For anyone looking to begin ballet dancing, there are a few things that they need to know in order to be safe while dancing and get the most out of their training.

1. Stretch constantly.

Before every class, whenever there is a lull, and after class, be sure to spend plenty of time stretching your muscles. This will prevent injury and ensure that you have the most extension possible for all of your choreography. In addition, stretch first thing in the morning, on days when you do not have class, and once again before you go to bed. Stretching is the easiest way to stay fit and limber.

 2. Invest in good-quality shoes.

Of course, one of the most important parts of dancing is keeping your feet in good condition and to prevent yourself from slipping or getting hurt while dancing. Good shoes are also less likely to need replacing after a short period of time, while cheaper shoes may fall apart after a much shorter period.

 3. Practice at home.

If you have the space available at home, take advantage of everything from full-length mirrors to countertops to keep up your training. Spend a little time each day checking your form in the mirrors when you are doing things like arabesques and plies, and use tabletops and counters in place of a barre to guide your practice.

4. Study up.

Watch films and television programs about the ballet, and read plenty of books about the history of dance and current techniques and advice. You will find lots of inspiration and plenty of handy information in your studies, much of which can carry through in practical ways to your training.

5. Take very good care of your body.

Ballet is an intense practice, and it requires you to be at your physical best. This means eating a carefully balanced diet, keeping your body conditioned and warmed up at all times, and getting plenty of rest. Consume low-fat foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and eggs, and refrain from eating much bread, sweets, or dairy products. Take at least a few minutes several times a day to keep your body limber and toned by doing your warm-ups and stretches. In addition, get a decent night’s sleep every night so that your body has the energy to dance.