How to Become A Professional Ballet Dancer?

There are a wide form of dancing styles and Ballet is one of them. Ballet is a form of dance through which a performer reflects a piece of music, tell a story, or express a mood through body movements. This graceful yet highly technical dance form was originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of 15th century and is now taught in numerous schools around the world. Such institutions providing professional ballet dance classes have incorporated their own cultural influences to evolve the art in a way. While the unnatural body movements and steps that defy gravity may look extremely complex, such schools teach these techniques from the basics till one becomes an expert. It is advised for parents to enroll their children at an early age to help them become a professional dancer in the future. While there are numerous institutions to choose from, the candidate needs to first make a choice of ballet style that they wish to learn.

Ballet Dance

Ballet Dance

# Styles of Ballet Dancing

Various variations of styles have evolved and emerged since ballet first originated during the Italian Renaissance. These styles include the following:

  1. Contemporary
    Contemporary ballet uses the classical ballet and influences other dance forms such as modern and jazz. It is an open-ended style  while keeping the classical element intact. It is mostly performed barefoot and includes mime and acting performed on music.
  2. Classical
    Classical ballet refers to the traditional techniques of ballet and comprises of styles that are named after their areas of origin or their creators. These include the English ballet, French ballet, and Russian ballet, named after country of their origin and Cecchetti method named after Enrico Cecchetti and Vaganova method named after Agrippina Vaganova.
  3. Neoclassical
    The neoclassical is a form that uses the techniques and vocabulary of the classical style but differs in the use of abstract. The scenery, plot, or costumes is not clear and the music is also diverse and includes neoclassical music as well.
  4. Romantic
    This is an artistic version of classical ballet that has similar steps but deviates from classical version with a few artistic changes. This style thus includes point work, longer flow-y tutus, and dominance of female dancers.
Ballet Dance Classes

Ballet Dance Classes

# How to Choose Ballet Institute

After acquainting yourself about the different ballet styles and techniques, the next step is to find a reputable institute that provides ballet classes. There are certain things to look for while searching for a ballet institute to ensure that you have chosen the right place and trainer for your kid:

  • Make sure that the studio is clean and has a professional studio set-up.
  • Talk to the previous students and observe their dancing techniques. This would be a great way to know about the institute’s efforts and work on their students.
  • Carry out an extensive research about the trainers and teachers of the school. Check about their credentials, qualifications, and the previous organizations they have worked for. A trained teacher ensures that the student is assayed with the optimal professional training.
  • Since in ballet stress is laid on bones, ensure that the institute has invested in proper cushioned flooring suitable for this form of dance to absorb the shock of landing. Find out if the studio provides training on the dance form you have chosen to learn and if the trainers are efficient enough to offer the desired training.

Consider these factors before finalizing on the studio for ballet classes for you. You may further research online for reviews and prices offered by different institutes and select the one that appears affordable, yet reliable and professional. 

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