How to Get Your Kids Started in Ballet

I started dancing ballet when I was a child, and I loved the experience. Though I stopped dancing in high school, I continue to take classes here and there, because I love the way that it keeps my posture in check. Ballet classes for kids can have a significant positive impact that can last all the way until adulthood. If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids to start this spring, look no further than ballet.

Before you enroll your kids in ballet classes, there are a few things to note to ensure your child’s success.

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When people think of ballet, their minds automatically take them to visions of graceful dancers lifting their bodies onto their toes. While pointe shoes are gorgeous, your kids will not need them until they have trained for years and their ankles are strong enough to hold their weight. You will purchase leather ballet slippers until your kids are ready for the next step. Black leotards and pink tights are the usual uniform for girls and black shirts, black tights, and ballet shorts are customary for boys. All of these items can be purchased online or at a specialized dance shop. Having a dance bag that contains water bottles, snacks, hair pins, and sweaters are a great way to keep your kids’ items organized. As your kids get older, their supplies list may grow and include tutus, pointe shoes, custom ballet slippers, and specialized costumes. Check with your kids’ ballet school before you make any major purchases to ensure that the items comply with company standards.

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You can enroll your kids in ballet classes at a very young age. Toddlers can join ballet classes that focus on simple steps and movements, such as jumps and pliés. One of the cutest things to watch is a group of toddlers ambling around in little tutus dancing ballet.

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To help your kids prepare for ballet classes, you can get them started on flexibility exercises. Simple “touch your toes” and “touch the sky” movements will help your kids get used to ballet movements. Listening to classical music and taking your kids to local ballet productions is also a nice way to spark their interest in dance. I love putting on YouTube videos for my niece that show some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world performing famous productions.

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