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Ballet Class Exercises For Pointe Shoes

If you are in an adult ballet class as a beginner or a returning dancer, every exercise you do will prepare you for getting into pointe shoes, if that is your goal. Every ballet barre exercise, whether focused on the feet or not, will get you ready for pointe shoes. The men in ballet can benefit from this viewpoint, as special foot exercises for pointe strengthen, and refine control. This will increase technical accuracy in allegro (jumps) and help prevent dance injuries.

Starting with your demi and grand plies, your use of correct ballet turnout, core muscles, and ease of the upper back, head and arm movements, all means a great deal about everything else you will do in dance class. If you can do this simple (but not easy!) warm up exercise correctly, to YOUR best ability, you will probably be able to do the entire ballet class with the same control. Someday, if not today.

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What are some exercises I could do at home to prepare for ballet classes in the summer?

Question by Angie: What are some exercises I could do at home to prepare for ballet classes in the summer?
Alright, so I’ve been thinking about re-taking ballet (I took ballet for one year when I was 8) at age 13. I’ve contacted the dance school in my area where I plan on taking classes from, but they’re only taking new students in the summer, because the end-of-the school year dance recital is coming up soon. The school I called said to call back in April or May to register for ballet classes, so I’ve still got about 3 or more months to go before I’m able to actually go to any classes.

While I wait, what are some things I could do at home to prepare for ballet? I know there’s stuff like practice the feet and hand positions, work in balance, flexibility, and overall strength, and also feet turnout. Any tips on how to work on these areas?

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How should I prepare for my first ever ballet class?

Question by a-redheaded-whovian(dot)tumblr(dot)com: How should I prepare for my first ever ballet class?
I’m going to be starting a ballet class in the fall, and I know that’s a long time from now, but that’s sort of the point. I’m fifteen and have never danced before, but I figure skated until I was at freestyle 1 level and had to stop. I’ve never been very flexible, but I consider myself to be in shape.
Is there any stretches or exercises I can do and attempt to perfect over the spring and summer? Just so when my evaluation comes ’round, I can be at least a little prepared.

(I do Yoga regularly aswell, so, if there are any sequences or poses that would be helpful in my case, that would be wonderful information.)

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How to prepare for restarting ballet after two years?

Question by : How to prepare for restarting ballet after two years?
I danced ballet for 8 years and quit in early ’09. Lately I’ve missed it A LOT and plan on starting again at the end of summer. I was at level 5, which at the studio I was going to, was 1 level before starting pointe.

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What can I do to prepare myself for ballet?

Question: What can I do to prepare myself for ballet?
I’ve read up on it and everything, I have wanted to start ballet for ages and I finally get the chance next month. What can I do to prepare myself?
Exercises like releves and plies?
What was your first ballet class like, if you have ever taken ballet?
Also, my turnout is horrible, how can I get more flexible hips?

Answer by Rockie
My first ballet class was quite easy because i danced jazz and other dances before i began. Only practice plies and releves and tendues etc, if you know how to properly do them, or you may hurt yourself, or get bad habits that your instructor will have to break. Working on your posture is going to be a great thing to do to prepare. You can stand with a perfect posture then have a friend tie a string around your shoulders tight enough that when you try to sloutch, the string wont let you. That’s how my dance teacher learned ballet posture when she was taking class. Another great thing is doing stretches. Make sure you warm up your muscles before stretching, i usually run on the spot and jump in first and second position until I’m warmed up. Then do all kinds of stretching, trying to stretch all parts of your body. One way to make your turn out more flexible is to lay on the floor in foggy position. Thats where you lay on your stomach and connect the souls of your feet together and try and reach your feet to the floor while keeping your hips on the floor too, harder than it sounds but it will help for sure. Also sitting in straddle and stretching will help, make sure you point your toes and keep your knees facing up. And sitting in butterfly position, which is were you sit on your bum and put the souls of your feet together. stretch down bringing your face as close to your feet as you can. gentlly press your knees closer to the ground as you feel your ready to. Take deep breaths when stretching and stretch further every time you release your breathe. I promise, it will make all the difference. Your turn out is usually the same as your straddle. so the further out your straddle will go, the more of a turn out you can have. Have fun! Ballet is great!

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What should i do to prepare myself for Ballet classes this fall?

Question by ♥ Cute T ♥: What should i do to prepare myself for Ballet classes this fall?
I’ve done Tap for a long, but they mostly worked on ankle exercises. I am pretty stretchy. I’m going to start stretching at least once a day and work on the 5 positions. I can put my weight on my fingertips on the floor while keeping my back and legs straight (inflexibility runs in the family.. except for my dad, lol) and I’ve been reading about doing the splits, but is there anything else I should know?
How do i get my positions perfect? I want my positions to be more than “decent” by the time class starts up on Sept. 18th. I kinda have a “you gotta clean your house before the maid gets here” attitude, but I want to be as good as i can and excel quickly! I know the teachers will help with with all that, but I can only take classes once a week and I REALLY want to get far in this before too long.
Also.. what do you wear to Ballet classes? What kind of pointers did you teacher give you about.. anything when you first started taking Ballet/Pointe?
I am 15 years old. and have NEVER taken Ballet or anything similar to it before, lol.
All help will be MUCH appreciated! 😀
I’m really kind of desperate here, lol. I’m hungry for all knowledge on this! 🙂

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What are some exercises I can do to help prepare myself for ballet class?

Question by Dana Lovespie: What are some exercises I can do to help prepare myself for ballet class?
I’m not out of shape, just not toned, so I am going to my real first ballet class in a week and I wanted to get into shape. Thanks!
I know you can’t get super toned in a week but what are some good work out things to do?

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Adult Ballet Class Exercises

Adult Ballet Class Exercises – All Prepare You For Pointe Shoes

Article by Danielle Burton

If you are in an adult ballet class as a beginner or a returning dancer, every exercise you do will prepare you for getting into pointe shoes, if that is your goal. Every ballet barre exercise, whether focused on the feet or not, will get you ready for pointe shoes. The men in ballet can benefit from this viewpoint, as special foot exercises for pointe strengthen, and refine control. This will increase technical accuracy in allegro (jumps) and help prevent dance injuries.

Starting with your demi and grand plies, your use of correct ballet turnout, core muscles, and ease of the upper back, head and arm movements, all means a great deal about everything else you will do in dance class. If you can do this simple (but not easy!) warm up exercise correctly, to YOUR best ability, you will probably be able to do the entire ballet class with the same control. Someday, if not today.

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