Ballet for Beginners – What You Need

For children, learning to ballet dance is an extremely positive experience. It provides them with an excellent form of exercise and is a great way to develop their social and interpersonal skills from a very early age. If your child wants to attend ballet classes, then there are a few basics pieces of dancewear which they will need.

If you go to any dance classes or look at any pictures of dancers you will notice one piece of dancewear worn by all dancers; this is the leotard. It’s an extremely important piece of dancewear that your child will require for dance classes as it enables for complete freedom of movement in a way that no other garment does. You may wonder why your child can’t simply put on a baggy pair of joggers and loose t-shirt which would allow them to move in a similar fashion. The reason that this is not suitable is that ballet is an art form which is all about precision and technical perfection. In order for your child’s teacher to help them achieve this, it’s important for them to be able to clearly see the placement of their body during dance classes. Whilst joggers and a t-shirt may allow your child to move freely, their teacher won’t be able to assess just how well they’re executing each of the movements they’re trying to perfect. Most dance shops and online retailers are able to provide some good advice on how to find a leotard with a good fit.

With any style of dance, one of the most important pieces of dancewear is the dance shoes. For ballet classes, you child will require a pair of soft ballet shoes. These are a soft shoe made from either leather, canvas or satin which are designed specifically for ballet dancers. Sometimes referred as ballet slippers, ballet shoes are very lightweight and flexible. Each of the different fabrics have their own benefits though the most popular is leather. This is because it is easy to maintain, comfortable and very hardwearing which means it will outlast both canvas and satin. Canvas is a cheaper alternative to leather though it’s not quite as easy to maintain as it can often pick up dirt which can be difficult to remove. It can also sometimes snag but is nonetheless preferred by some dancers. Satin is the most beautiful of the three fabrics but is also the most delicate so should really be saved for performances. Another variation you will notice is that you can buy ballet shoes with either a split sole or full sole. For beginners, you should always choose a full sole as this encourages the muscles to develop in the arch of the foot enabling your child to produce a more beautiful pointe.

Once you have purchased a leotard and a pair of ballet shoes for your child, the last thing they will need is a pair of ballet socks or ballet socks depending on the requirements of the dance school they’re attending. If your child attends dance classes a couple of times a week, then you can probably make do with just one pair of ballet tights though it would be preferable to buy a couple of pairs. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on these as if you shop around you will find that there are wide range of ballet tights from established dancewear manufacturers such as Capezio and Roch Valley for very reasonable prices.