We are excited to announce that Ballet Foundation is going to post all the Mastering Class Series Posts on our blog page of our website! This will allow dancers, teachers and followers a bit easier way to find and share the information (as it sometimes get’s lost in the long Facebook feed). We hope you will also submit your email so we an update you if we post a new series. (we promise not to be annoying). Everything will continue to be on Facebook as well- this is just a better way to archive our posts and make it easy for people to search for them by topic and theme.
Come to class prepared physically and mentally.
Arrive at the studio a bit early so you can get changed, do a few light stretches/ankle exercises/get your body ready - (which is different for each dancer). Have your hair, clothes and shoes prepared so that when class begins you are ready. It's very important that you do not miss the first exercises of class. They really do build the foundation from which your technique will come from- Barre is not to "warm you up" it is to build the technical building blocks in your body that all of your center, across the floor, variation, pas de deux work will come from.
Mentally, you must learn to put aside the worries, drama, chaos or even joy of the world and completely focus on ballet 100% when you are at ballet. If your mind drifts you miss information- a correction, a detail, even a whole combination can be lost when your mind wanders to other things. It takes practice and time- (and we all have days that this is easier than others) - but in general, TRAIN your mind to focus
For years, the Ballet Foundation has integrated principles of character into the classical ballet training curriculum. Our facebook page has over 30,000 followers- including professional dancers, teachers, directors, students and parents from literally all over the world. This blog is a place to post and organize the articles we have posted about technique, artistry, being an exceptional student, directing/coaching and teaching AND a place for parents to find information about how to best support and invest in this passion of their child.
At Ballet Foundation we love to provide opportunity! Whether it be commissioning a choreographer to do something new and challenging, or allowing a student to perform a role they dream of. Perhaps it’s teaching advanced dancers how to teach, or giving performance outreach opportunities that allow artists to give back to the community. We want to share opportunity, our love for ballet and invest in the future of ballet by creating a dialogue across the world connecting dancers.
We also, realize that as young dancers train, there is a large possibility they will do something else with the majority of their life. Very few young students decide to or are able to make ballet a career- so we began to add focus on the things that benefit one from a training background in classical ballet no matter what path life took them on. While not watering down the actual ballet training by any means- we simply added elements of character to the focus in the classroom and as we mentor the dancers into adulthood.
We are excited you are here!