By Avery Smith
There comes a time when ballet class becomes more than just an opportunity to see your friends, or a casual activity after school. It becomes a passion, and that’s the time to really start focusing in class. These are my three best tips for how to make the most of your ballet class time!
Learn your combinations. This is the first step to growing as a dancer. When you know what you’re doing, you can give more of your attention to strengthening your muscles in the right way. The less you have to worry about what step comes next, the better. Knowing your combinations gives you confidence that you can carry the rest of class. This is also a great way to be a leader in class!
Listen to your teacher, but also to your body. Taking corrections is so important in the dance world. Your teacher is there to provide all sorts of knowledge that will push you to grow, so really listen to them. Taking that a step further, tune in with your body. Remember, you also have knowledge of dance, so if something feels right or wrong, listen to yourself!
Work on your musicality. Something that I think is often overlooked in a classroom is your individual musicality. Not just hearing the music, but feeling it and anticipating it. That’s when you really start dancing. Connect your body, to your mind, to the floor. Individuality may seem impossible in class, but your musicality really sets you apart from others. Explore improvisation, it’s a great way to get in touch with yourself and your environment.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind in ballet class, but YOU can find your OWN rhythm as well. Class time should be used for learning, and that looks different for everyone!