Choosing the Right Ballet Dancing School


People start ballet dancing for many different reasons. Some because Mom wants it, some because they get referred by a doctor and others because they are passionate about it or simply just enjoy movement to music. Whatever your reasons, finding the right school will make all the difference to your ballet dancing experience.

Nowadays, anybody can pose as a ballet dancing teacher, as there is no legislation in regards to qualifications in this field as yet. The first thing you will need to check is if the teachers are qualified and registered with a reputable organization, for example the Royal Academy of Dance or Cecchetti Society.

Ballet dancing teachers who have been trained through these organizations have learned a well-established syllabus, which has a proven track record of providing safe and solid classical ballet dancing training. There are also other good choices, but these are the most well known institutions.

An instructor may have the most glamorous ballet dancing performing credentials, but may not be the best teacher. The ability to dance brilliantly is different from the skills that make a great teacher. A good ballet dancing teacher needs to be able to break down and analyze steps, and be able to explain to and inspire her pupils.

A school that offers classes such as jazz, modern, tap or other dance forms is a plus, but if you want to learn classical ballet, the ballet dancing classes offered should be pure ballet dancing syllabus and nothing else.

All the best schools progress from one level to the next and master skills in a logical order. Ideally your school should follow a graded syllabus that will ensure that you develop a solid foundation of strength and technique for your dancing. The important thing is to be trained in a pleasant environment in which you are comfortable.

Your choice of dancing school should have a disciplined, but cheerful atmosphere. Students should be well groomed and loose clothing should not be allowed, as this hides a multitude of faults from the teacher.

A good teacher will be aware of health and safety for her dancing school. She will work the pupils at their own rate, never forcing their turnout and slowly improving their flexibility. Beware of the school where there is a long sad history of injured pupils. If most of the class has tendinitis at the end of the term, think twice about what's going on. Sick or injured dancers cannot experience the full joy of ballet dancing.