Ballet

Learn all about ballet

Introduction to ballet

Do you know how many kinds of turns there are? There things you have to wear to ballet,there are also many moves, lots of equipment, and four main kinds of ballet shoes.


What you wear

Ever wondered what to wear to a ballet class? In ballet, you are probably supposed to wear a leotard to class, but don’t go and buy one yet! Check with the ballet school or studio to see if you need any special colors.Leotards are designed so your teacher can see your posture clearer than when you wear baggy clothes. You can even get special ballet outfits from ballet or dance stores. Sometimes, you can even can even wear flowers dress or in your hair. You can even wear pretty tutus and accessories too, but mostly only in shows. In ballet class, you wear your leotard, with tights, a little skirt, and your hair in a tight bun.


Moves and what you do

Some ballet moves look hard but they may not be as hard as you think! Here are many different kinds of moves you can do. Some are advanced and some are easy. A pirouette is an advanced turn that is performed in older classes. Also, a potabráe, changémont and padashadé are some more advanced moves. Plea and tondo are some of the first moves you will learn. In ballet, you will stretch, exercise, dance, work on gracefulness, do across the floor, and barre and center work. Across the floor is when you practice certain moves while doing it across the floor in groups.


Equipment

In the sticky, hot, sweaty, ballet studio, there is more equipment than you may think! You sometimes have fans to cool you off when you are working hard. You need a proper dance floor to be able to dance on. You also need a ballet barre for barre work. You may want to consider keeping your ballet slippers or shoes in a ballet bag.


Fun facts

In the sticky, hot, sweaty, ballet studio, there is more equipment than you may think! You sometimes have fans to cool you off when you are working hard. You need a proper dance floor to be able to dance on. You also need a ballet barre for barre work.


Shoes

Soft ballet shoes are the first pair of ballet shoes every dancer gets. They are often made of leather but can be made of canvas or satin. Pointe shoes, or so called toe shoes” are made of harder materials to help support your foot so you can stand on your toes. The top part of the point shoe is called the box. Leather ballet slippers are the most durable, and expensive. Men usually wear white slippers. Shoes for ballet most often come in pink, white, black and tan. Men can wear Pointe shoes if they are in a certain ballet. The point shoe is tied around the ankle with a ribbon.


Conclusion of Ballet

It is clear that there are lots of you wear, moves, what you do,equipment, and many fun facts about ballet. Maybe you can try ballet someday!

Glossary

ballet- a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.

leotard- a skintight, one-piece garment for the torso, having a high or low neck, long or short sleeves, and a lower portion resembling either briefs or tights, worn by acrobats, dancers, etc.



tutu- a short, full skirt, usually made of several layers of tarlatan or tulle, worn by ballerinas.

pirouette-a whirling about on one foot or on the points of the toes, as in ballet dancing.

ballet barre-a handrail placed at hip height, used by a dancer to maintain balance during practice

tendu -of or pertaining to a movement that is stretched.

leather -the skin of an animal, with the hair removed, prepared for use by tanning or a similar process designed to preserve it against decay and make it pliable or supple when dry.



By:Abby J.