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?

Also, is there anything else I can do, like some ballet moves I could learn, such as jumps? I know it’s not smart to try to teach yourself things, just in case you get into bad habits without realizing it, but I’m already excited for classes and also want to get a head start on the program! Please help, and thanks for taking the time to read this!

Best answer:

Answer by Tessie
Do stretching exercises. Ballet calls for strong legs. Build up your strength by other exercises.

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

  • Kelley says:

    do a lot of stretching so that way when u do ballet u will be the only one not experiencing pain

  • tashiemoo says:

    You could try the New York City Ballet workout dvd. It is not really a ballet class but a way of conditioning your body to have the lean long muscles of a ballet dancer. Don’t take any ballet classes on dvd or youtube. You are right. You will only get into bad habits. You could also check to see if there are any adult/teen beginner ballet classes going on in another studio that doesn’t have a recital. Many schools offer open classes so you just take as many as you want and pay as you go. If you live near a big city, I’m sure there must be some. If you live in NYC, you could take open class at STEPS, BAE, or Ailey. If you live anywhere there is a ballet company, they might offer open classes for beginners.
    good luck!

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