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Ballet dance lessons for children

Who? Children ages 5 – 8

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There are many positive benefits associated with learning classical ballet dance, for students of all ages. Through traditional dance movements, a child will develop good posture, muscular strength and flexibility. Ballet also improves a child’s coordination and balance, grace and poise, as well as concentration and self-discipline. Furthermore, by being exposed to different types of music and emotions, ballet strengthens a child’s musical hearing and sense of artistry. Through performance on stage, it fosters a positive self image and a sense of confidence.

In this class, students will learn the basic steps and perform an original choreography. Contemporary music in a classical style accompanies our students in their practice as well as their performance on stage.

 

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Ballet dance

Ballet is regarded as a dance for the young girls but considering the many positive benefits, there is no need to stop just because you are getting older. Ballet is more effective and easy to master if classes are started early because then, the bones and muscles can be manipulated to withstand the techniques associated with the dance. Apart from developing a healthy posture, ballet dancers also have enhanced body balance, coordination, concentration, grace and self-discipline.

Origin of ballet

Highly entertaining and captivating, royal courts as far back as the early 1600s enjoyed ballet but in those times, the dancers wore wooden clogs and long skirts. The dance is believed to have originated in Italy but it later spread into France and Russia where it was performed in almost all social occasions. Ballet is still held with high regard because quite obviously not very many adults can pull off a single move. Those who do however, are highly flexible and easily learn other dance moves and styles. It is its popularization in France that made the world to take notice and to this date, most of the terminology used in instructing the dance is French.

Taking the first ballet step

There is no way around the serious training and long hours that go into making a ballet dancer, but the end result is worth it. Dancers require dedication during practice because even a single move may take months to master. The first ballet step is a product of both physical fitness and mental preparedness and instructors will usually conduct it with a choreographed piece or with the aid of more experienced dancers.

Ballet variations

Romantic ballet – this style emerged in the mid-19th century when ballet was used as an expression of emotion. Performers would typically perform dance moves around an invisible object with gestures that suggested love and deep emotional involvement.

Classical ballet – this style of dancing is both traditional and conservative. Every region where ballet has roots of any kind has their own version of the classical style. In general, this style is referenced in productions such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.

Neoclassical ballet – this style elaborately makes use of dance techniques as well as vocabulary. Unlike classical ballet, this style does not make reference to abstract objects during performances.

Most of the contemporary ballet styles in use today use concepts from ideas and innovations that have emerged in the 20th-century. It is not strange therefore, that these modern dance moves like floor work and turn-in of the legs are incorporated. While most ballet styles require special ballet shoes to ensure that the dancer is comfortable, modern styles are advocating for barefoot dancing.