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Should dance class be fun?

Absolutely! Children should be enrolled in a program that allows them to enjoy learning about the art of dance. It is important that students enjoy participating in dance class; however, it is equally as important that students are given quality dance training.

What is Ballet technique?

Ballet technique refers to the introductory principles, steps and terminology on which ballet is built. These principles and steps include posture, turnout, pointing the toe, and flexibility.

What is alignment?

Alignment refers to the ability to keep the head, shoulders, and hips aligned vertically. Turnout refers to the dancer's ability to complete movements with the legs rotated outward.

Why is Ballet technique so important to all dancers?

Ballet technique is written in French, the traditional language of dance has specific terminology. By learning the meaning of these terms, the dance movements will become easier to execute. Through this exposure, dancers will also build a beautiful, strong, and healthy body.

 Ballet classes are designed with emphasis on building strength. It is crucial that dancers develop strength in the legs and the core. This strength is necessary for many movements such as turns. Ballet training also fosters the development of flexibility and strong ankles for Pointe dancing. Ballet technique is strongly advised, at a young age, to build good habits and protect the dancer's muscles, limbs, bones, and health. For instance, a young dancer is taught not to “sickle” to prevent future injuries to the ankle.

Interestingly, the technique found in Classical Ballet is a framework for other styles of dance which include Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary.

Are Pointe shoes made out of cement, metal or wood?

Pointe shoes are made of layers of fabric and glue covered with satin. Pointe shoes do not have a heel like normal street shoes but have a sole which is made of hard leather. Dancers sew satin ribbons and elastics around the ankle to keep the shoes on securely.

Have you ever wondered what all those French words mean?

Visit the American Ballet Theatre website to view a detailed glossary of Ballet terminology.