What can i do before I start ballet classes?

Question by ♪ ♫LoLz ♪ ♫: What can i do before I start ballet classes?
Well I am going to start taking ballet classes soon so I think maybe in the next month. And I would like to do some streches or little practises at home. What can I do? And is it correct that I have to wait 2 years until I can go into pointe? (im 13)
thanks in advance

Best answer:

Answer by Subtle Lights
I would recommend drinking a lot more water and getting in the habit of it. You’ll stay hydrated longer and you get very dehydrated in ballet.
And put a a piece of tape on the floor and try to walk in a straight line with a book in your head.
Balance is something you need to practice in advance.
Also, patience is something you need to master too.

Lastly, I would advise you to listen to music and let yourself dance to to it. It doesn’t have to be ballet or classical dancing. Ballet is about feeling the music and expressing yourself. You have to have that rhythm in your body to understand how to move your body with music.

Hope you do well.

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5 Responses to “What can i do before I start ballet classes?”

  • Meaghan says:

    Try sitting on the ground in stratle ( legs spread apart ) and trying to get your nose to touch the ground , or lay on your back and have one leg on the ground and the other straight up in the air, pull it back as far as you can go, try to stand straight and don’t bend your legs and wrap your arms around your legs and try to touch your nose to your knees 🙂 Also it depends on how good you are at ballet in order to get onto pointe, it took me 6 years and I’ve been on pointe for six years now 🙂
    Here are some links to show you the stretches I mean
    http://cf.ltkcdn.net/dance/images/std/53655-170×250-Dancestretches.jpg
    http://dancenet.s3.amazonaws.com/images/i663/350820.209stretching1_orig.jpg
    http://0.tqn.com/d/dance/1/0/3/9/-/-/calleebatt1.jpg —- do that one laying on your back not side . 😀

  • New Mommy says:

    The most important thing to have is a good attitude. Ballet can be frustrating, but also very rewarding if you stick to it. You can go on pointe when you are ready, there is no set amount of time. Some people may never be ready because their feet are not flexible or strong enough, but most likely with consistent training, you will be able to do it. Make sure you hold stretches like splits, straddles, and middle splits for at least one minute. Also, remember to breath to help your muscles relax and do not force it. It’s also a good idea to do lots of stomach and back exercises. Your center is very important in ballet and it requires a balance of strength, flexibility and coordination.

  • <3dancergirl<3 says:

    Try doing a couple of the basic moves – like plies, tondues, or some simple stretches. Stand in first position and bend over, trying to keep your back in line, your knees straight, trying to touch your nose to your knees. That’s called a combre. A combre back is about the same thing – stand in first and lean over backward. Pretend you’re sitting in a chair and can only lean back the top part, never push your hips forward or your stomach. Also, keep in mind while you’re doing these that ballet is very specific and precise, and that’s what the teacher is there for! If you get to class and she tells you you’re doing it wrong, remember she (or he) knows best. Even when you start, continue to practice with the stretches she gives you. Lastly, when you go en pointe depends how dedicated you are, how strong your ankles and muscles are, and what your teacher deems as ready. I started ballet 5 years ago (when I was ten) and I was put en pointe a month ago. Good luck!

  • summer says:

    Look up the positions and practice them 🙂

  • mintchip49 says:

    The best thing you can do is to start conditioning your body to get ready for ballet training. Pilates and/or yoga will elongate your muscles, increase flexibility and strengthen your core muscles. All those things that are needed in ballet. It even helps with balance.

    It is not a good idea to start practicing any ballet before you start class. Ballet all comes from your “turnout”. If you try to copy the foot positions for the 5 positions in ballet which is what most start with, you will not be engaging your turnout. If you don’t engage your turnout, you can hurt your knees and also start building poor habits that may be hard to break. You also have to be in correct alignment. There is no “wiggle room” in ballet and there is only one correct way to do things depending on the style of ballet you are being taught. Learning how to engage your turnout is hard enough to do with a teacher watching and correcting you. You will not be able to do it correctly by yourself. You must also learn to point with your whole foot and not to sickle when you do it.

    In regards to going en pointe. It will most likely be closer to 3 years taking 3 ninety minute classes a week. Unless you go to a really bad school that puts everyone up too early. If you read through some of the questions here you will see girls who have been en pointe for 2 years that cannot even do a single pirouette en pointe. If you don’t rush to go en pointe and go up when your feet, legs, ankles, core, balance are ready and your technique is strong and you always engage your turnout, you will zip right past the dancers who went up too early. Going en ponte is like the icing on a cake. You need a well baked cake (foundation) to put the icing on. If you don’t wait for the cake to be done or wait for it to cool, you will have a mess when you ice it. Enjoy the journey of taking classes. It is a rite of passage and most of the joy is in getting there. Before you know it, you will be ready and dancing en pointe. Don’t rush through what will become a fun experience. It isn’t fun it you are up too soon. It increases the risk of injury as well. There isn’t much fun going en pointe if you cannot really dance en pointe.

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