A Ballerina's Story: from first tendus to point shoes!
A Ballerina’s Story: from first tendus to pointe shoes!
Do you ever watch beautiful ballerinas twirl and leap in their pointe shoes and wonder how they do it? Do you one day dream of dancing en pointe? Believe it or not, all of those professional ballerinas started out in taking classes just like you! This edition of beyond the studio will walk you through the progression of ballet training, giving you an inside scoop on what it takes to make it to the big leagues!
Part 1: Learning the Basics
This is the time period where students learn ballet vocabulary, proper alignment, and how a ballet class is structured. This phase can take up to three years, as there is lots to learn. Learning ballet is like learning a new language!
Part 2: Patterns and Strengthening
Once ballet students have all the basics down, they focus on applying the steps that they have learned to longer sequences, working on transitions and expression. This is also the time that they begin to focus on strengthening the ankles and legs so that they are strong enough for pointe work.
Part 3: Intro to Pointe
Your first pair of pointe shoes is an exciting accomplishment, but there is lots of work ahead. Once you put your pointe shoes on, more strengthening and understanding of how to get on and off pointe is the focus. Students continue to take classes in their soft shoes to maintain their current training.
Part 5: Advanced Training
During this time students begin to seek out professional trainee programs, intensives and classes to take in order to network and career build. There are programs all over the world that accept these dancers and sometimes even offer company positions! Excelling in ballet takes many years of hard work, but if it is your passion, then it is all worth it!
Part 4: Variations and Dedications
As students progress en pointe, they begin to learn short dances from classical ballets also known as variations. This allows them to combine their technique from regular class with their pointe training. This is also when training becomes more serious and dancers are asked to commit more time to developing