Why Ballet Is The Foundation of Dance & Why It’s So Important

October 15, 2018

 

 

Ballet plays a very large role in the success of a dancer in all other styles. The technique, control, strength and flexibility you gain in ballet is the foundation you need to elevate the latest leaps, perfect your pirouettes and distort the traditional line. On top of the physical benefits, it also enhances your focus, dedication and mental health!

 

Here are a few reasons why ballet is a crucial part of a dancer’s training.

 

  1. Body Awareness & Structural Knowledge: While practicing the art of ballet, you learn so much about your body, how it works, how it moves and how to take care of it. From learning names of bones and muscles to learning where to squeeze to get that extra pirouette in to simply knowing how to stretch which muscles… dancers are very body aware!

  2. Posture & Alignment: Ballet is the best place to learn and develop posture because of  the poise that is required in class. You take the time to focus on alignment through your whole body. Eventually, the posture used in the studio will translate to everyday life!

  3. Strengthens the connection between mind and body: Dance is a visual, kinetic and an aural stimulus. This can all happen at the same time because your brain is constantly  problem-solving to perform the movements in time to the music. Ballet teaches you to connect verbal commands and musical cues with exercise demonstrations.

  4. Teaches Structure & Etiquette: From the moment you meet at the ballet barre, there is an immediate sense of discipline which provides the foundation for the rest of class. Ballet develops professionalism and etiquette in a way like no other. Technique is hard and very specific. It requires practice and a lot of repetition. This is why the qualities learned from dance apply to so many other areas of life such as school and work.

 

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