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Your first ballet class tutorial

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  1. You have booked your first Ballet Trial or Ballet Class. You’re all excited about entering a dance class in a pretty pink tutu. Then you realise - i haven’t got my ballet uniform! What should i wear for my first Ballet Class? What should i bring?


You have booked your first Ballet Trial or Ballet Class. You’re all excited about entering a dance class in a pretty pink tutu. Then you realise - i haven’t got my ballet uniform! What should i wear for my first Ballet Class? What should i bring?

Here is a checklist:

  1. Comfortable attire. We recommend you to wear leggings or stretchable pants and a t shirt. We prefer our dancers to go barefoot. You can also wear non-slip socks if you wish. You don’t need to specially buy a ballet outfit for the first dance class, as most dance schools would have a Ballet uniform that you would need to purchase upon registration.
  2. Go to the washroom. Always go to the washroom just before stepping into the dance studio to get the most out of the class.
  3. Hairdo. This is often overlooked but so important. For dancers with long hair, tie your hair into a bun or a neat ponytail. For dancers with short hair, keep hair away from the face. Being well-groomed helps dancers achieve the right attitude and helps them dance better.
  4. Bring a water bottle. Dancers are usually given a short water break in the middle of each class. You will thank yourself for bringing a water bottle.

    Tip for Preschool Ballet dancers:

    If your child is:
  • attending an independent / drop-off dance class,
  • 4 years old and below and
  • have not attended any drop-off classes independently aside (going to school doesn’t count),
consider bringing a soft toy to his/her first dance class. This will help calm their nerves as they have something familiar to them when you step out of the dance studio.

Tip for parents
who are sending their 4-year-old or younger child to their first independent / drop-off Ballet class, or if they have not attended any drop-off classes independently (going to school doesn’t count):


Take note that some dance schools do not allow parents to sit in to watch drop-off dance classes. The reason is simple - it can be quite distracting for the children in the class, including your child who is attending the class for the first time. Also, the first class is to determine the readiness of your child for a drop-off Ballet class. Of course, there are exceptions that can be made. These should be discussed with the dance school in advance. 

  1. At Ritz Dance, we offer both independent and parent-accompanied classes for children from 2 to 3.5 years old, depending on your child’s level of comfort with drop-off classes. You will be surprised at how independent some two year olds are!

    So if your child is attending an independent Ballet class for the first time, during the week, keep reminding your child that he/she will have so much fun making new friends, dancing with a new teacher, learning new steps, without mummy/daddy, because they are all grown up now and so brave! An experienced Preschool Ballet teacher should be able to manage new students well and make your child feel comfortable.

    You can read more to better understand What Makes A Good Preschool Ballet Class and Why is it important to find a Good School that teaches effective Preschool Ballet Classes.

    Tip: Consider bringing a plush toy, soft toy or a baby pillow to his/her first dance class. This will help calm their nerves when they have something familiar to them ‘keeping them company’ when you step out of the dance studio.

    /leggings

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