If you don't have a ballet class today, but want to work out, then this article is for you! This step-by-step guide will prove you can do ballet at home too!
Step 1. Put on comfortable clothes
When you study at home, you don't need to put on a tutu. If you have a ballet leotard, get it out, if not, regular sweatpants and a T-shirt will do. You need to find something that is comfortable and stretchy.
Step 2. Stretch
First of all, you need to stretch. Failure to do it can lead to tearing of the ligaments or muscle pain. Basic stretches are best. You can watch some videos of stretching before class and repeat those exercises. Don't overdo stretching (especially before dancing), it's not good.
Step 3. Turn on the music
This is an optional step. If you need soft music to relax, turn it on. If you prefer rock and roll, turn it on. Any music you can follow the beat with will do. If you love classical music, find the best pieces.
Step 4. Dance
Since you won't be able to do all ballet moves safely at home, stick with simple exercises (positions 1-5) or find a workout video and follow them. You can see some of the moves on wikiHow. Watch YouTube videos for exercise ideas. Remember, no hard exercises while you are at home! This can lead to the fact that you start to do them incorrectly or even get crippled. If you've practiced before, repeat the same movements you learned in class.
Step 5. Find a place to train
When you study at home, you need a space with a hardwood floor and a full-length mirror. Conventional ballet studios have barrels, wooden floors and mirrors. If you have an empty room, use it. If your bedroom has enough room, dance there. You can also rent a place to dance. Choose a place where you feel comfortable.
Step 6. Use something as a substitute for a ballet barre
Ballet studios always have special machines. You can make one yourself out of wood, pipes, or even a table and chairs. If you don't want to make the machine yourself, use the back of a chair or table. Any level surface that can help you maintain your weight will do.
Step 7. Put on the correct shoes
If you have special ballet shoes, great. Socks are not the best option. Better to be barefoot. Never wear tennis shoes or heavy slippers. Never wear ballet flats. Despite the fact that they are called ballet shoes, they are not intended for ballet!
Step 8. Have fun
An important part of doing ballet at home is having fun. Always feel free and dance with all your heart. Remember, everything impossible is possible, you just have to want.
- Wear ballet shoes or stay barefoot.
- Stretching harder after dancing will help you gain flexibility.
- Listen to soft music that you can follow.
- Stretch lightly before exercising.
- If you're wearing pointe shoes, don't forget toe pads and tights.
- Ask permission to dance elsewhere.
- Use a ballet barre.
- Dance in spacious rooms to avoid breaking or injuring yourself.
- If you don't stretch, you could injure yourself.
- If you try something very difficult, you can get hurt as well.
- Don't wear pointe shoes until your trainer tells you you're ready.