Ballet is one of the greatest art forms in the history of the world. Whether it is Pyotr Tchaikovsy’s classic “Swan Lake” or Sergei Prokofiev’s timeless hit “Romeo & Juliet,” there is so much material to choose from when you’re either beginning or long into your ballet regimen. After paying a visit to the National Ballet of Canada, have you contracted the dancing bug? We don’t blame you one bit!
You could be a young one just getting involved in ballet or you may be an adult who quit dancing when you were a kid and now you want to participate again. This means that you will need dance lessons and partake in ballet classes. And this can be tough…at first. The first ballet class is always the hardest. Many teachers will tell us that most attendees do well on their initial visit. That is, if they are properly prepared for what happens that day.
Here are five tips to prepare for your first ballet class:
1. Know What to Wear
During your ballet class, you will try out a few dance moves, be provided with some instructions and work with some of the employees. The first class will tell you if this is something you wish to proceed even further or call it a day and go back to lounging on your sofa.
2. Do Not Get Stressed
Here is something you need to know: everyone in your class is in the same predicament as you.
They either have never danced before or they danced when they were younger but no longer.
With this in mind, it would be a prudent idea to not get overly stressed, tensed or concerned. Even if you have a misstep or you can’t perform a certain move, you should not be embarrassed. There will always be others in the same scenario as you are.
3. Be Sure to Stretch Before
Prior to making your way to the dance studio, one of the best things you can do is stretch. This is especially important if you’re not physically active and you rarely move away from your office chair or lounger. In other words, your bones will be sore after your ballet class.
Do a few stretches, perform a couple of exercises and take deep breaths.
Once you complete these steps, you will be physically ready for your ballet class.
4. Get Yourself a Ballet Dictionary
Unsure what certain routines, instructions and moves are? A good piece of advice would be to purchase yourself a ballet dictionary. In this book, you will learn a lot about ballet, and you can ensure that you won’t get behind when your instructor talks to the class, using specific terminology that you may not be familiar with.
Indeed, you won’t memorize every single word from A to Z, but it’s a step in the right direction.
5. Remember to Have Fun
The most important thing to remember when you sign up for ballet classes is to have fun. You’re not there to join the National Ballet of Canada, tour Russia or become the next Mikhail Baryshnikov. You’re there to learn a new dance, meet new people, study new moves and hopefully participate in community theatres. As long as you have a laid back attitude and refrain from expecting too much, you will have a great time. Before you know it, you won’t be able to wait until it’s the next ballet class.
Whether you’re an eight-year-old child or a 35-year-old adult, ballet lessons should be embraced by all. You get to listen to wonderful classical music, you get to improve your physically fitness, you can get to conduct poetry in motion and you get to float like a butterfly.
Ballet is a splendid art form, and you can create this art with your body. Just be prepared first.