Getting Started / 101

Get Ready For Your First Time

Try on your outfit before class to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. It might be smart to tiptoe around in your ballet shoes a bit to break them in. (See the Apparel section for an exact description of what attire is expected.) Just make sure you are hydrated and that you are fueled with healthy food. Definitely don’t eat a huge lunch or dinner and then run off to ballet class before your body has time to digest. Relax and get excited to work hard, have fun, and learn a lot!

Here is a great introductory video for the beginners to learn ballet. The instructor has a nice teaching style that allows the dancer to relax and learn.

Preparation/Training

A key part to any dancers ability to perform is the flexibility of the joints and ligaments. Not a flexible person? Its ok! Flexibility takes time and patience, however if you make a goal to stretch every day you will see benefits in multiple aspects of your life. Once you have warmed up your body to avoid injury, stretching has been proven to alleviate aches and pains, improve circulation, improve inflammation, and help prevent future injuries. If you don’t exercise on a consistent basis you might want to begin with some basic cardio and strength training a couple of times a week. You will definitely be sore after your first class! It’s a good thing and means your muscles are working and adapting to your new activity. A hot shower or bath, gentle stretching or massage, and even hot/cold treatment will help decrease some of your muscular tearing and you will be ready to go full out during your next class.

Basics/Tips

Relax! Everyone starts at the beginning so you should not feel intimidated or nervous about being lost in class. That’s why there are beginner classes! The instructor will start slow with the most basic terminology and combinations. If you ever have a question, ASK! Progress depends on your desire to learn, absorb, and ask questions about the style and technique of ballet.

Here is a great instructional video for the beginners to learn ballet.

Just know that this is not necessary and you are not required to “do your homework.” At the end of the day, you are just doing this for fun and exercise anyways right?

Beginner Check List

  • Ballet dance wear/outfit
  • Ballet shoes
  • Hair pulled back in a bun
  • Water Bottle
  • Small sweat towel
  • Band Aids
  • Lock for studio lockers if you have valuables with you
  • Make sure to put your phone on silent if it’s in the room with you
  • Small notebook to keep track of the terms you learned so you don’t forget them before your next class