After watching Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” or Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” who wouldn’t want to participate in the ballet? Is it the music that makes the ballet lovely, or is it the ballet that makes the music divine?
Whatever the case, we can agree that ballet is a superb dance style that everyone can enjoy.
Ballet is one of the most popular dance forms for children today. In addition to the great amount of exercise every student experiences, it also teaches discipline, something that today’s generation of kids unfortunately lack.
Like a lot of interests and hobbies they initially take a liking to, how exactly can you coach your children for ballet to ensure this is something they stick to? This can be hard to do because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach you can adopt. But there are some tricks you can utilize to make sure they are equipped to handle the world of ballet.
Here are five ways to prepare your children for ballet classes:
1. Take Your Child to the Ballet
Your son and/or daughter may have briefly seen ballet on television, in a motion picture, or browsing the web. It may have caught their eye, and now they want to dive headfirst in the art.
This isn’t necessarily the best way to introduce your child to the ballet.
What is? Take them to the ballet.
In Toronto, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts hosts the National Ballet of Canada and their performances of “Swan Lake,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Nutcracker.” This is something you should consider taking them to, which is where they will likely conclude if they want to learn the dance or find something else to do.
2. You Need the Correct Dancewear
To learn and study ballet, you need the correct dancewear, and not just a pair of sneakers and jeans. Before you take your wee ones to their ballet classes, you need to find out what type of dancewear they will need for their first lesson and beyond. The instructor will tell you before.
Just be sure that you have the appropriate attire ahead of time.
3. Be Sure to Practice the Best Etiquette
In ballet, there is a myriad of etiquettes you need to adopt and remember moving forward.
Everything from leaving enough room on the ballet barre to following the rules of the centre, it is important to practice the best etiquette possible when you go to your first class or your 50th.
4. Don’t Expect Too Much at First
No matter what it is, you should never expect the moon at first. It takes time to perfect a move, dance to the right tune, or maintain excellent posture at all times. If you expect way too much at first, then you will certainly abandon your objective of becoming a sublime ballet dancer.
Since children expect instant gratification and almost immediately want to be a master in something without working for it, you need to teach them that everything takes time and effort.
5. Always Remember to Have Fun
When you’re young – even when you’re a bit older – it can sometimes be forgotten, but it must be instilled at every stage: have fun!
As you’re concentrating on your steps, and ensuring you have enough space between yourself and the person in front of you, it can be difficult to remember to have fun. But this is something that must be instilled from the very beginning.
If your child doesn’t have fun, then they will merely abandon their classes.
Ballet is both beautiful and exciting. Everything from the music to the dance styles, it is one of the most exhilarating arts in the entire world. All over the world, there are hundreds of thousands of boys and girls trying to be the next Mikhail Baryshnikov or Anna Pavlova. But you should remember: these two legends put tens of thousands of hours into the art – and it all started with one class.