Ballet & Pointe
The core of all dance subjects. It is a wonderful mixture of a number of arts; dancing, music, drama and poetry.
Whether just for pleasure or for the more serious-minded, ballet develops a sense of movement, rhythm and appreciation of music. It helps to co-ordinate mind and body whilst improving poise and posture. Ballet is also a confidence builder and promotes self-discipline. In July 2012, the IDTA released a completely re-written ballet syllabus, and in doing so has breathed new life into this wonderful style of dance. It is certainly very exciting and imaginative. For the younger ballet dancer, it is an actively engaging class that is fun, exciting and inspiring, sometimes using small hand props to enhance the story telling and imagination which this genre of dance promotes.
For the younger ballet dancer it is an actively engaging class that is fun, exciting and inspiring sometimes using small hand props to enhance the story telling and imagination which this genre of dance promotes.
What is the essence of ballet?
Ballet is passion - an entertaining theatrical art that tells a story, expresses a mood or reflects a piece of music. When performed correctly, it allows the dancer to communicate with their audience simply through movement, body gestures and facial expressions.
It is widely believed that ballet provides the core technique and poise for all other dance subjects.
What makes a ballet dancer?
Mature ballet dancers are extremely fit, strong and flexible, and yet are able to express themselves through their choreography and by feeling and reacting to a piece of music.
Will I need to dance 'en pointe'?
'En pointe' literally means 'on the tip', and is the art of dancing on the tips of the toes using specially reinforced ballet shoes called pointe shoes.
The early stages of ballet should not include dancing en pointe, particularly in younger children, as learning this technique is a gradual process that requires strengthening exercises at the barre. Starting this technique too early can cause foot deformities if the bones in the feet are still developing.
Your teacher will advise you when you're ready for point shoes. Students who are able to hold their turnout from the hips whilst performing centre combinations, pull up correctly in relevé will be asked to progress to pointe work.