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More Games for the Ballet Classroom

More Ballet Games

Games in the ballet classroom can be very effective teaching tools. As the students take advantage of a time of rest from their technique class, you can continue their ballet education through creative, team-building, skill-developing activities. Explained below are some great ballet class games that will teach vocabulary, direction, rhythm practice and choreographic skills. Most […]

Why Warmups?

Proper Ballet Warmups

There is a pattern of traditional ballet exercises done at the barre. As a result of recent studies in the area of sports and dance, most teachers these days are also giving some “pre-barre warmup exercises” to their students. In Ruth Brinkerhoff’s Classical Ballet 4 curriculum book, she takes a brief look at the why, how and […]

Finding the Correct Full Pointe Position

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Already evaluating your students to decide who will start pointe next year? When to begin pointe work is one of those very important, special and serious decisions. Here are a couple of exercises you can use on your beginners to find the correct full pointe position before using pointe shoes. Have your pre-pointe students try […]

Organizing and Running a “Happy Class”

Teaching a Happy Class

Children need structure. This is especially true in the pre-ballet years, as they prepare for a more disciplined class. The less “free time” they have in the class period, the better. They should know exactly what they’re supposed to do when they arrive, until class starts, when they arrive late, while the teacher is talking, when […]