I have never danced before but I want to try! Is this lesson for me?
Fantastic! We have had many absolute beginners take their first class here at Ballet America! Please keep in mind that while the lessons are geared towards beginners they are not an 'introduction to ballet' course. Does that mean you shouldn't join? Of course not! But it does mean that although the lessons are taught in a very slow manner, where asking questions is encouraged, you may feel a bit overwhelmed on the first lesson or two.
If you'd like to feel more prepared for your first class, feel free to get in touch with me and I will send you some video links reviewing the very basic ballet positions. Don't worry! The first class is the hardest. As you get used to the class, it will become much easier. And always feel free to ask me questions before, after and during class.
Do I need ballet shoes?
Yes. It will make things much easier and more comfortable in the long run. However, socks are okay for the first few lessons.
What should I wear?
In addition to ballet shoes, you can wear anything you are comfortable in! If you want to wear more traditional ballet attire you can wear a leotard, tights, and a skirt or shorts. If you're looking to wear fitness attire I would recommend leggings or shorts and a fitted top, so that it is easier to see and correct your form.
What else should I bring?
For ballet class, just a water bottle is all you will need! For Ballet Fitness, a water bottle and a yoga mat. If you don't have a mat, a towel will suffice.
Will I learn to do the splits/pirouettes/leaps/etc.?
With each ballet class you will start building towards these skills, however class is never structured around only one step. Think of class as building blocks. With each class your physical and mental knowledge grows, and so does your ability! You'll learn to do the exciting steps you know of, as well as others you've never heard of and never knew could be so beautiful. Piano piano!