You’ve probably heard your teacher say how ballet is the foundation of dance. But what exactly does that mean? Think of ballet training as the first floor of a building. Take away the floor, and the whole structure eventually crumbles. Even for dancers who become more passionate about other styles of dance such as contemporary, jazz, or tap… ballet training lays the groundwork for becoming a better dancer, especially if you plan on pursuing dance professionally. Here are a few reasons why it is good to keep taking Ballet:
1. It gives you a better understanding of your body and improves posture. Ballet is based on achieving the best posture and alignment. This requires you to learn more about your body and learn how to strengthen your weaknesses and embrace your strengths. You can easily spot a ballet dancer out of a crowd just by the way they stand… there’s a reason for that! That’s because ballet training demands dancers to maintain a lengthened, elongated spine with proper pelvic alignment and square hips!
2. It boosts your balance and flexibility, poise, and grace. There are a lot of football players who take ballet because the balance and flexibility exercises helps them to perform better at their sport. And since grace is built into ballet technique, dancers also become more graceful and poised.
3. It builds strong, lean muscles. Ballet requires you to build strength and flexility in all joints of the body—hips, knees, feet, shoulders, even wrists! Many elderly people take up Ballet as a way of maintaining their bone mass, along with strength and flexibility.
4. It enhances technique in all dance styles. Most of the finalists from “So You Think You Can Dance” made it to the top because they had something their competition did not have – technical ballet training. Your classical ballet training is important because it will carry over to other dance styles. As a result, you will stand out and look more polished overall.
5. It helps you appreciate music and rhythm. Ballet is choreographed to classical music that is highly complex in terms of rhythm, tempo, and quality. This will help you to understand and appreciate music and rhythm, and as a result, you will maintain a deeper connection to music when you study other styles of dance, such as Jazz.
6. It builds confidence. Ballet helps to instill a sense of confidence and individuality in students. The artistry, musicality and grace of ballet all interconnect to make you believe that anything is possible with hard work and dedication :)