What should a beginning ballet dancer learn first?

Beginning ballet dancer

Question by Lilly4u: What should a beginning ballet dancer learn first?
What moves, stretches, ballet terms etc. should a beginner ballet dancer learn first? I’m beginning ballet and I have no idea where to start, and I don’t want to take classes just yet. Any help?

Answer by Monika
Get a ballet book from your local library and it will teach you the first 5 positions. But really you will develop bad habits if you learn from a book, just go begin and they will teach you all you need to know.

2 Responses to “What should a beginning ballet dancer learn first?”

  • dancingqueen1624 says:

    Practice the basic 4 positions, 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Also practice basic barre exercises like tendus, plies, degezais, grande` batmas, rendajams, and frappe`s (sorry if I spelled some *or all* of these wrong). Be sure to practice your turnout as well and working through your feet. Try watching some of the Just for Kix YouTube videos. They show how to do lots of basic dance moves (but don’t try anything too advanced).

  • richboizgurl says:

    first learn 1-5 positions..arm placements..and you should like the other person on here said get a ballet book. it should have the common ballet terms in it as well as what the moves that go along with the terms look like..the terms are in french so you should learn their meanings unless you speak french..i would also suggest you stretching out your legs and back and hips to help you with your flexibility. splits are common but don’t neglect the rest of your body while stretching. it would be easier if you had an instructor though so they can make sure you are doing it right because you don’t want to teach yourself and learn bad habits. they will be hard to break. good luck

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