Ballet Classes

Beginner’s Guide to Ballet

Starting ballet classes is exciting for both kids and parents. Moms and dads may be focused on how stinking cute their little one looks in a tutu, but the benefits of ballet go far beyond the stage and last a lifetime. The concepts learned as a young ballet dancer translate into other forms of dance, school sports, healthy living, and more. The Studio for Dance teaches commitment, compassion, camaraderie, charisma, and grace helping students become well rounded young men and women. If you’re ready to sign up, you can register here.

Here are some of the other benefits of ballet:

Brain Exercise

Dance involves movement. You can’t learn how to move without learning what you’ll be moving. Your young dancer will learn parts of the body and new ways to describe their movement. Stretch, wiggle, reach, hop, march, and more open up a whole new vocabulary…not to mention the French terms.

Speaking of Stretch

Flexibility is very important for ballet, dance in general, and many other sports and activities. Learning to increase flexibility is not nearly as important as learning to do it safely. Your child’s teacher will demonstrate proper form and posture for the stretching exercises that will someday lead to that perfect arabesque.

Confidence

The Studio for Dance is a place where kids can be themselves. We’ve created a family-like atmosphere the encourages hard work, praises accomplishments, and provides students with supportive teachers and fellow classmates. The self-confidence they gain shows up in school when they aren’t afraid to raise their hand. The pride and sense of accomplishment will allow them to remain true to themselves and keep them from following the crowd.

The Crowd

Together because of a common interest, supporting each other while learning difficult new skills, and developing a love of dance; the friendships forged at The Studio of Dance last a lifetime. So many of our alumni stay in touch throughout their professional careers.


For new dance moms or new ballet moms (or dads!), here’s a quick start guide to get things rolling:

The Five Basic Positions

5 basic ballet positions

First Position:

Heels together with toes pointing outwards

Second Position:

Feet point in opposite directions, heels are about a foot apart

Third Position:

One foot in front of the other with the heel of the front foot close to the arch of the back foot

Fourth Position:

(Closed fourth is pictured) Front foot about 12 inches from back foot with the heel of each foot overlapping the toe of the other

Fifth Position:

The feet form parallel lines with the big toe of each foot touching the heel of the other

 

Common Ballet Terms

  • Arabesque – The dancer stands on one leg with the other leg extended behind the body. The arms can be held in a variety of positions.
  • Barre – The bar attached to the classroom walls. A dancer holds the barre for support.
  • Pas De Deux – A dance for two people
  • Pirouette – A turn on one foot
  • Saut√© – Jump

ballerinas with ballet shoes