Thursday, June 27, 2013

Finding the Right Ballet Shoes

 The most important part of learning ballet is having comfortable shoes. If your shoes are the least bit uncomfortable or poorly fitting, then you will have trouble dancing and learning moves. Even if they seem comfortable, they might have some aspect that makes it more likely to sustain injury to your feet. If you have feet that are usually hard to fit in shoes (if they are especially wide or tall, for example) then you may have trouble searching for the right ballet shoes. But no matter what, you should be diligent until you find the perfect ones.

You should look at the particular shapes that your feet make. The outline of your toes can range from an almost perfect square to very rounded. Your shoes should fit the shape of your toes very well. Some people have a 2nd toe that is longer than their 1st toe. This needs to be accommodated, otherwise you will be uncomfortable in your shoes. There are different things that can be used to modify shoes for particular toes. These include separators, and fitting kits. You can take a regular shoe, and modify it to fit your feet.

Finding a Good Ballet School

 The best way to learn ballet is to take a class. You could attend private tutoring lessons, watch instructional videos, or read books all day long, but the truth of the matter is that nothing can help more than attending a class in the person. Being around fellow ballet learners helps in the encouragement department, and of course it is beneficial to have a teacher there to critique moves for improvement. So if you want to learn ballet, or you want your child to get involved with ballet, you should look into classes. There are several places you can find ballet classes.

The top tier of ballet learning is the big schools. These are the prestigious institutions for the most precocious ballet dancers. In the USA, the School of American Ballet is considered the most prestigious. Students are admitted to these schools based on their performance in an audition. The students can be as young as 6 years old, even younger in some cases. While these schools are definitely the best way to learn all aspects of ballet, they are simply not a viable option for many people. Not only are they rather costly, but they are also very selective about picking students. Usually students are already extremely talented, so if you are looking to learn the basics then you will need to look elsewhere.

The next option is to find local lessons that are set up for beginners and people with no experience dancing in the past. You can look at many different locations. Your local recreation center probably offers classes designed for different ages. If you don’t have any luck there, try a community college. Sometimes churches host ballet lessons by independent teachers. Ask around locally to find out what your options are, and try to get some feedback about where the best lessons are.

If you cannot find any other options, then a private tutor is an acceptable choice. The companionship of classmates is always a positive when learning, but you may have to make do – or get tutored with a friend. But no matter what you do, you should remain extremely disciplined, and stick with your goal of learning ballet. Ballet is great for the mind and body, and you can only benefit from learning it.

Ballet Music: A Graceful Genre

 When you watch a ballet performance, it can be easy to take the music for granted and focus on the skill of the dancer. Sometimes the music gets overlooked. In fact, there is a whole genre of music called Ballet Music. It is specifically designed to be danced to. Prior to the huge popularity of ballet, regular ballroom dance music was used. However, as it grew in popularity and became more standardized, the music too became standardized. So while you might not have known that some music exists specifically for ballet, you can still find out about some great composers and enjoy their music.

John Weaver was a ballet composer considered to be a specialist in creating music specifically to dance to. He was one of the pioneers in that area, and started trying to compose music that told a specific story. In ballet music, there are usually certain characters established by the music, and their traits can be seen repeated through different notes and tones. For example, someone might be dancing quickly and intensely as the music sounds aggressive. This would indicate that the character is aggressive. Sometimes the stories would even be sung in word form, though this is not a particularly popular method anymore.

What is Required of Ballet Dancers

 Ballet is known for being an extremely flowing and graceful style of dance. This is how it has grown into such a recognizable art form. In order to pull this off correctly, it requires a very specific type of person. The average person might not be naturally suited for ballet, but through a combination of conditioning and natural abilities, they may be able to develop their ballet abilities. Here are some characteristics of ballet dancers, and how you can condition yourself to display those traits even more.

The most important thing required of a ballet dancer is grace. You must be able to go from one move to the next effortlessly and seamlessly, otherwise the flow of the dance will be broken and you will appear less skillful. Some people simply don’t have natural grace. Maybe you’re the type of person that is constantly tripping over their own feet, or running in to things. Well, ballet will certainly help you in those regards. But to get started, you should practice your agility and your grace.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An Introduction to Ballet

  If you are at all involved in dance, then you have probably heard of the most famous kind: Ballet. You can find ballet schools all over the world. Ballet is a fairly loose term that refers to a general style of dance that follows certain methods. Within the umbrella term of “ballet”, you can find all sorts of different styles that are taught in different regions. Usually a ballet dance is characterized by being very graceful and flowing with precisely coordinated movements. Dancers appear to cheat or even defy gravity while dancing.
Ballet originated in Italy during the renaissance, as court entertainers made an effort to put on the most elegant and elaborate shows. The first ballets included a single person dancing, who was accompanied by some other form of entertainment, such as spoken verse, singing, or instruments. The shows usually included costumes and decorations. Early ballet was hardly recognizable as the same thing that we see today. However, over the years different countries began to adopt the art form. In France and Russia particularly, ballet was encouraged as a performance art. However, it still showed some of the more conservative tendencies of its early days.
In the 18th century, ballet began to grow extremely popular, and therefore started to become more defined and organized just as much as it changed and evolved. At this point, the technical aspects started to emerge. Famous ballerinas started to push the envelope of what was regular in the shows, and developed pointework, the tiptoeing movements that are so recognizable in modern ballet. There were many efforts to standardize ballet – fortunately, none of them succeeded and we have a diverse art form with many different flavors around the world.
Today, ballet is a worldwide phenomenon. Ballet techniques are taught to children, adults, males, and females. Performances are often held by schools, and some troupes of ballet dancers are quite famous and tour across the world. If you are interested in learning ballet, you just need to find proper lessons that will give you training to remain safe and graceful. You can look for lessons in your home town, whether they are at someone’s house, a community college, or an actual ballet school. Ballet is great for the mind and body, and is an art form that isn’t hard to appreciate.