Ten smarter ways to improve your ballet technique
Ten smarter ways to bring your technique to the next level! My theory is that every student should attend class as much as possible and work hard. Sometimes dance students must miss class, are injured or are not advancing at a fast enough pace.
What do they do? Well, if they are smart they augment their training at home or at the gym. With my list below you can train without your ballet teacher safely away from class. In fact, I often say a ballet class cannot give you all the physical support that you need to improve.
Professionals practice outside of class
Classical ballet technique is advancing very quickly because dancers are doing
supplemental work. Flexibility, strength, and the science of the technique are advancing through the increased understanding of body mechanics, fascia, and neural mobility. Professional dancers must do supplemental work on their own in order to keep their bodies injury free and continue to develop their technique.
Ten smarter ways to improve~
- Know the meaning of ballet terms– read books on classical ballet or download my free Beginner’s Ballet Cheatsheet!
- Strengthen your core
- Improve your flexibility
- Perfect your neutral pelvis in various poses and positions
- Understand and improve your turnout
- Understand and manage your hyperextension
- Improve your jump and endurance
- Perfect your battement tendu
- Perfect your plié
- Improve your upper back flexibility & strength
Download a free Beginner’s Ballet Vocabulary cheatsheet!
You can find exercises for many of these areas on this website. Just type in “core”, for example in the search box and several posts and videos will come up!
#6, #7 and #10 are new videos coming soon in the “Ballet Toolbox”. Want to be the first to know when it is released?
Hopefully, gone are the days when teachers pushed students down in the splits or turnout stretches!Click To Tweet We can work intelligently on our own to achieve the splits because teachers are more informed as to the mechanics. We also have the tools now to communicate outside of class. For example, see my recent post and video on the four muscles to stretch to achieve your splits.
I also welcome questions and comments below!