When looking at the class offerings for various dance studios across the country and the world, you will generally see a diverse set of styles and options. These include tap dance, jazz, hip hop, and even cultural specific styles, such as Irish dancing or Bollywood. One dance style that is apparent in every single dance studio’s lineup, however, from the youngest of dancers to professional-grade performers, is the style that sets precedence for the rest of them.
Ballet dance is considered to be the foundation of dance, and a style that all professional dancers have mastered, or at least attempted, in their life-long careers. Even if you see a world-famous hip hop dancer strutting around in their high top sneakers, that doesn’t mean that they have never worn the traditional pointe shoes required for the ballet dance style.
At the Mercury Academy Of Dance, we offer various styles of dance, but we firmly believe that Ballet is the most important style for any aspiring dancer to learn. While most other dance styles at our academy have various age restrictions to enroll, Ballet dancing is offered to even the youngest clientele (three years old at a minimum). Read on to learn why this classic style of dance is the foundation of all, and be sure to enroll in some dance lessons with us when you feel ready!
Ballet Teaches Technique and Terminology
Ballet has laid out most of the vocabulary and techniques for the other dance styles that have since been conjured up over the years. While there are obviously terms that have not been derived from ballet, such as popping and locking in hip hop dancing, the foundational moves and terms are all based around the ballet style.
While it is possible to skip the ballet classes and learn these foundational terms in your preferred dance style, chances are the rest of the class will be familiar with the vocabulary, leaving you in a predicament of falling behind the learning curve. The instructors might briefly go over the foundational terminology, but they probably expect the class to have the basic knowledge obtained from ballet classes.
Even worse than not knowing the terminology associated with ballet, is not knowing how to properly execute the moves that the terms are describing. In ballet class, these moves will be explained and executed in detail, allowing you to learn at a comfortable pace. The technique associated with ballet moves is proper and important, which is one explanation of why ballet classes last longer in time and duration than most other styles of dance. You will learn the moves individually and properly so that you maintain the proper technique. Translating that knowledge into other dance styles is much easier than trying to learn the foundations and techniques of two styles at one time.
Ballet Teaches Timing and Rhythm
Throughout all forms of dance, timing and rhythm are the most important pieces to stay synchronized and in tune with the beat of music that is accompanying the routine. Executing the wrong move at the right time is obviously a noticeable mistake, but also executing the right move at the wrong time can leave you out of sync with your choreographer and peers.
Most other forms of dance have a dominant beat that is easy to hear and follow. Ballet, on the other hand, is accompanied by classical music that doesn’t have the same kind of drums or standardized beat that we have grown accustomed to with modern music. This makes staying in rhythm much more difficult in ballet style classes.
Once you master the timing and rhythm of ballet dance techniques, the other styles will seem to fall in place with minimal effort!
Ballet Builds Endurance and Strength
Dance, like many other physical forms of activity, is challenging and outright difficult. While dance is much more than just physically demanding (the thought processes behind rhythm, coordination, and frequent movement changes), there is a level of required strength to be able to execute the skills competently and properly.
Ballet is a great introduction to this skill requirement because, throughout ballet exercises, you will be required to hold positions for minutes at a time. This will strengthen the muscles and allow you to focus on the slow, flowing controlled movements that vary from most other forms of dance. Being able to hold these positions will give you the strength and confidence needed to perform other moves in other dance styles with ease and grace.
Ballet Improves Posture, Poise, and Composure
Let’s face it, dance is a difficult and strenuous activity. Dancers are graceful, but this does not come with one effort or knowledge of a singular style. Instead, it comes from years of dedication, core strength, and lean muscle mass.
Each and every movement comes from the knowledge of the center of gravity and various mass shifts. Balance is the key to making every movement seamless and easy looking, no matter how difficult the move actually is to perform. Enrolling in ballet classes helps train this graceful prowess throughout various leaps, turns, and movement patterns. This will help transcend into other dance styles and daily life movements.
Begin Colorado Ballet With Mercury Academy Of Dance, Centennial
As described above, ballet knowledge and practice are the foundations for all other forms of dancing. Whether you or your loved one is enrolling in their first class, aspiring to be a professional dancer, or just trying to stay in shape, a ballet dance lesson from Mercury Academy Of Dance can help open the door to a world of coordinated possibilities. Contact us to find out more about how you can enroll in one of our upcoming programs, no matter your age or experience!