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Benefits of Ballet

by Dulce Anaya

June 19th, 2015

Ballet is an art that helps develop self-discipline as well as critical thinking skills. It strengthens muscles of the body, increases flexibility and range of motion. It is the backbone of dancing, skating, acrobatics and other forms of sports. It provides an essential set of skills that helps improve performance and become more proficient. Many football players practice ballet skills to improve speed, agility, mental focus, flexibility, endurance, and strength. In ballet, the outward rotations of the legs and other specific movements force the body to target certain muscle groups, which are not exerted during normal daily activities. Ballet slow movement strengthens the thighs, back, ankles, shoulders, and arm muscles.  It helps correct the posture of the body, which is critical in executing the proper steps, leaps and turns effectively, as well as prevents any potential serious injury.

Ballet requires years of training to master the skill.  Hours of training depend on how far the student wishes to advance and the age at which the student starts ballet. Ideally a six-year-old should train one to two hours per week and slowly increasing the amount of time of daily practice. The sooner a student starts the better; many skilled ballerinas start as they enter kindergarten. A skillful dancer trains six days a week five hours per day. This may seem excessive, but in the world of ballet, it is extremely competitive. As from my own personal experience as a teacher, it requires many years of intense training and dedication in achieving a professional status.