How To Become A Ballerina

by Paris Love

Introduction


Most people are always thinking about what to be when they grow up. Like if they want to be a chef, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, or a famous Hollywood movie star. All of those sound really good, but I think if I had to choose what I want to be when I grow up I would have to choose to be a professional ballerina. Ballet can be for anyone no matter if you are tall, short, male, or female. Most people think that ballet is only for girls, but it can be for anyone.

Ballet classes

Ballet classes

Ballet is a very technical and challenging dance to do. It takes a lot of practice. If you are starting out ballet then I would strongly suggest and encourage you to take ballet classes. Ballet classes will really help you understand different terms, steps, and movements in ballet. Some reputable ballet companies are Twin Cities School of Dance which is located in Bloomington, Illinois, Align Ballet Method which is located in Los Angeles, California, and Alvin Alley American Dance Theater. There are also more great dance classes or studios to choose from. To understand ballet terms more you can get a ballet dictionary/ballet book. A lot of older kids go to a dance academy too.

Day To DayLife

Being a ballerina is really fun but it is sometimes hard. It is good to stretch everyday by getting into your left splits, your right splits, your middle splits, lifting up each leg one at a time to stretch out your hamstring and to improve flexibility. It is also good to stretch out your feet at a bar or something stable. Some good stretches to do are: practicing all ballet positions, practicing pointing your toes in all directions with your foot turned out, and strengthening your feet by slowly rising to the ball of your foot about eighteen times. This will strengthen your ankles and the ball of your feet. If you are in a ballet class/or classes it is good to listen to tips that your ballet instructor gives you.

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Professional with in the field

My favorite professional dancer is Margot Fonteyn. Margot Fonteyne was born in Surrey, England in 1919. Margot Fonteyn joined Sadler’s well known Ballet company (now known as the Royal Ballet) during the 1930’s. By her 20th birthday, she was the star of the company, inspiring Frederick Ashton to choreograph roles for her and stealing the hearts of every audience who saw her. Most ballet fans know her as the female half of the Nureyev-Fonteyn pair famous for their performances of Romeo and Juliet.

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Conclusion

I hope this article was helpful to those of you who read it and for those of you who want to take ballet. As you know from my article being a ballerina has some pros and some cons, but overall being a ballerina is amazing. It is super fun being able to express your feelings through ballet. I hope this article encourage you to try out ballet. Remember that ballet isn’t something that you master on your first try, it takes a lot of practice and determination. Thank you so much for reading this article and please encourage your friends to read it too.