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Ballet Workouts on DVD
When considering taking up ballet as a form of exercise, sometimes taking classes is not an option. Perhaps no adult ballet classes are offered in the area where you live, or your schedule simply cannot commit to specified class times. Whatever the reason, there is still the option of using ballet as a workout in the comfort of your own home by means of ballet workout DVDs.
The aim of such DVDs is not to train you in ballet technique, rather, to use certain features of ballet and dance in general to provide a fun, yet physically beneficial product. Most of such products on the market are affiliated with dance companies or choreographers, who tailor these workouts specifically for people with no technical training. Moreover, most feature established professional dancers demonstrating the exercises.
Getting Your Ballet Slippers Ready for Class
Article by Kaiva Berzina
The main and most important job when you have just bought a new pair of ballet slippers is to sew on the elastics and/or ribbons. This is a chore disliked by all dancers. To determine where the elastics or ribbons should be attached fold inwards the heel of the shoe, this will form a triangle. The heel makes the triangle top angle and the two lower angles at the sides of the ballet shoe are the points where it is the perfect place to attach the elastic or the ribbon (or both).
When you have decided to attach only elastics to your ballet slippers, it is best to have two pieces with the elastics that make a cross over the arch of your foot. But also one elastic with both sides sewn on opposite sides of the slipper will do its job. If you choose to have just one elastic look for a wider one, as a thin one won’t offer the needed support. To correctly sew on the ribbon, make sure, that the ribbons have their shiny side facing outwards. Allow the ribbon or elastic band to overlap with the inner lining of the shoe, and when sewing aim to make a full rectangle. Double up the thread you use to make the fit more secure (A video here http://balletslipperspro.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/video-how-to-sew-elastics-and-ribbons-on-ballet-slippers/ shows this done). Make sure that you choose ribbons and elastics in the color that your slippers are in!