Ballet is not a sport, but the study of ballet has many of the same physical benefits you would gain from participating in a sport. Ballerinas spend hours carefully positioning their bodies into various poses, and by holding these poses, the body is able to gain flexibility and strength. Coordination comes into play not only from practicing to coordinate the body parts, but also in coordinating and choreographing movements with music.
Ballet Helps Develop Grace
Grace is not a quality often mentioned these days, but most of us will agree, it is a fine attribute — who wouldn’t like to move more gracefully? The various ballet positions were designed specifically to showcase the human body at its finest. Think of the ballerina with her arms straight up — they frame her face. Ballerinas who, in real life are rather short, look tall and graceful as they flutter across the stage en pointe. Ballet class will teach your child good posture as she learns to keep her shoulders back, chin lifted and toes pointed.
Ballet Teaches a Smattering of French
Parlez-vous francais? You will, a bit, if you study ballet. Just as most musical terms are in Italian, most ballet terms are in French (a carryover from the days of ballet’s founder, French King XIV). The standard ballet exercises are still called by their French names. Your child will learn that plie means to bend, pas de chat means dance of the cat, rond de jambe means circle of the leg – and that’s just a beginning.
Ballet Helps Kids Make a Group of Friends
Rarely is ballet studied privately. Usually classes are held for groups, and the girls and boys bond with each other through the time spent together in the studio. If your child is in a ballet performance, the children will no doubt bond with each other during the rehearsals and performances in theatre. Having a common dance interest brings dancers together, and it’s an excellent way for a child to make new friends.
Ballet is an Excellent Form of Exercise
It’s no accident that many football players study ballet in the off-season. It’s an excellent form of exercise, and similar to swimming, it benefits participants by helping them develop the elongated, lean muscle mass that most athletes want. The isometric techniques used in ballet develop long and strong muscles and it’s an excellent exercise form for children.
Ballet Develops Discipline
Most ballet studios are disciplined places. You won’t find lots of running and yelling, but rather children who are going through a set of long-ago developed routines of steps and positions. The process of learning these routines and coordinating them with music, then thanking your teacher and accompanist at the end of class, develops a discipline in children that will serve them well in all areas of life.
About the Columbus State University Dance Conservatory
The CSU Dance Conservatory at the Rankin Arts Center is the official school of The Columbus Ballet with classical ballet training for children 4 years old through adult, as well as lyrical and modern training.
The Columbus Ballet invites CSU Dance Conservatory students to participate in many of its productions, including the annual production of The Nutcracker. The Columbus Ballet company is made up of advanced dancers from within the CSU Dance Conservatory who have auditioned for the company and are on pointe. They perform the major roles in The Nutcracker and spring repertory program.
Available classes include: Move-a-little. Move-a-lot, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Levels 1-6, Advanced Jazz/Lyrical, Modern, Adult Ballet, and Adult Tap.
Visit http://ballet.columbusstate.edu to sign your child up today.