The Importance of Ballet
Classical Ballet training, when taught correctly, has many benefits. For most dancers ballet seems like a very strict and boring dance form in comparison to the more popular genres of today. Others consider it beautiful but inaccessible. The truth is ballet has many benefits and we feel confident saying that ATJ offers the highest quality ballet program in the city – a program that is accessible to all children. Let’s take a closer look and consider why ballet is a very important dance form.
Ballet helps children develop co-ordination of mind and body, and nurtures the ability to focus, and maintain intense concentration. In most cases, the qualities of discipline and dedication translate themselves to other areas of life like work and school.
It can improve, and correct posture, and helps to strengthen a child who is physically weak. Everything in ballet requires good posture. In time, the posture utilized in the studio translates to every part of a dancer’s life.
Ballet improves balance and flexibility. Two large parts of ballet technique which, consequently, diminish the likelihood of injury in ballet, sports and other dance forms.
It can increase agility. While often slow and graceful, ballet has its swift moments as well. Football players often attribute speed and agility to their experiences cross-training with ballet during the off season.
With Ballet you also learn to connect verbal commands and musical cues with exercise demonstrations and perform them with your body — this is termed aural, visual and kinetic stimulus. Different parts of the brain are problem solving to perform the movements in time to the music.
Learning Ballet, and participating in exams is a great confidence builder, and promotes self-discipline. It also gives children a sense of movement, rhythm and an appreciation of music.
Ballet provides a strong foundation for all other forms of dance. Not only does it aid, and enhance performance ability in other dance forms, it also provides strength and control for gymnastics, skating, and all other sports. The muscles targeted by Classical Ballet technique are unique to Ballet, and not developed by other forms of physical activity. All highly trained Dance Teachers, Competition Adjudicators and Examiners constantly stress the value of Ballet to all types of performers.