The first step of becoming a successful dancer and teammate is making a solid commitment to your classes, rehearsals, and performances. Strong technique is a key ingredient and class is where you develop that technique. Come to each class prepared to learn and leave concerns and distractions at the door. True progress is made when you look at each class, rehearsal, or performance as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full out, stretch a little further, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class.
You are required to take a ballet class and at least two other styles of dance each week. The more classes you take in a week, the better dancer you will become. Ballet provides the technical foundation for most all other dance forms. With a solid ballet foundation, dancers can transfer their skills into modern, jazz, or any other dance style they pursue. Though ballet-based dancers can adapt to other dance styles quickly, the opposite cannot be said for those dancers who come from other dance techniques. Most dancers from other dance genres rarely can walk into a ballet class and know what to do. It is strongly supported in the dance world, and it still cannot be stressed enough, that taking ballet is the place to start for dancers of any age--even those students who want to mainly focus on another dance style. The rising trend is to produce a versatile, well-rounded performer--as demonstrated repeatedly on the TV Show 'So You Think You Can Dance'. The classically trained dancer almost always has the edge on the other contestants. Ballroom dancers, professional skaters, and Broadway performers, among others, are an example of those who train in ballet for their professions. So don't forget Ballet! It promotes better posture, tones the body, develops poise and body awareness, promotes flexibility, and relieves stress. It helps with creative thinking skills, helps learn about music and rhythm, and helps develop creative expression.