LEVELS: From Beginner through Professional for ages 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, and Adult.*

Pronunciation: ‘ba-“lA, ba-‘Function: noun Etymology: French, from Italian balletto, diminutive of ballo dance, from ballare// Date: 16341: Dancing in which conventional poses and steps are combined with light flowing figures (as leaps and turns).

At the Robert Mann Dance Centre, classical ballet is the foundation for all other forms of movement and is the most important discipline to master. Ballet classes are designed to enable the dancers to express themselves in this art form with emphasis on traditional classic lines, technical steps, and the vocabulary of ballet. During ballet class, correct body placement and alignment of the body are stressed along with the good performance qualities. Enrollment into a Pointe Class is by invitation only.

The technique of classical ballet is learned and perfected in a highly structured regimen of class work. It takes approximately eight years of intense study to produce a dancer of professional level competency. In order to maintain their technique, ballet professionals continue to take adult ballet classes on a daily basis throughout their dancing lives.

To ensure versatility and balance, all movements must be learned using both right and left sides of the body. For example, all turns learned to the right must also be executed to the left. Steps traveling forward must also be learned traveling backward, and so forth.

Endless repetition is essential to success. The dance educators at the RMDC present the material being taught in an interesting manner, continually striving to keep the choreography fresh and yes, even fun! Our ballet class teachers inspire the students, give them corrections without a demeaning attitude, and encourage them to achieve their dancing goals. Very few ballet students will achieve the professional level, yet every student deserves equal attention, which is why the Robert Mann Dance Centre offers both child and adult ballet classes. Realizing that the study of ballet provides poise, confidence, exercise for a healthy growing body, a strong technical basis for other forms of dance, and an appreciation for the arts, the ballet educator can be essential in a young person’s life.

If you’re searching for ballet classes near you in Bayside, contact the Robert Mann Dance Centre today to get started!