BENEFITS OF BALLET
Classical ballet gives a student an all-round education. It can be enjoyed by anyone who wishes to experience the joy of movement. It offers remarkable benefits as part of a child’s education. It teaches them something about personal discipline and starts them off learning to enjoy and appreciate music even when they’re very tiny.
Classical ballet consists of three interrelated elements – Technique, Music and Performance. Students gain a discipline of the mind and spirit as well as the body. It allows for individual expression and artistry which can be carried over into their normal lives.
Ballet helps instill values that are very valuable for any practitioner, namely perseverance, focus, commitment & following through.
For all students, the by-products of classical ballet training are seen to:
Encourage physical discipline and general body awareness and control.
Inspire a sense of physical and mental confidence.
Encourage good posture and bodily communication.
Help to understand the relationship between music, rhythm and controlled movement.
Provide insight into art forms associated with classical ballet.
Foster future audience appreciation.
Develop social interaction and friendships.
Help foster strong values throughout life, such as focus, commitment, and perseverance.
Ballet is a wonderful form of exercise and an opportunity to develop many skills necessary in life. For some, it may also be a part of the road back to health, both psychological and physical. These benefits may be obtained through the study of ballet whether taking a Saturday morning class for fun or training for a performance. The emotional and physical benefits that occur through the study of ballet can be utilized in many areas of one’s life.
The study of ballet helps in the development of self-confidence. The dancer learns what his/her body and mind are capable of. At the beginning of the ballet lessons, the newcomer may feel awkward. But as he/she keeps coming back, he/she begins to see that he/she can do a lot more than he/she ever thought possible. By the end of the class, as skills are combined in a performance, the dancer realizes that what he/she now can perform is beautiful. The confidence developed is useful for both children and adults. When we accomplish something that previously seemed very difficult, it helps us develop the confidence that we can overcome other obstacles in our lives. It additionally helps to develop lean abdominals, firm buttocks, a contoured waist, sculpted legs, slim thighs, strong arms, perfect posture, flexibility, and the grace and poise of a dancer.
A WELL-BALANCED DANCE EDUCATION
While at MRB we encourage everyone to practice ballet, we also encourage personal and physical development through a well-balanced dance curriculum. A well-balanced dance education helps foster many of the benefits ballet does-- from a health standpoint, dancers will make progress in terms of strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination and balance, and an important sense of well-being that our dancers tend to carry through their personal lives that makes a significant impact in the long run. All these benefits interrelate with other developments from a personal/academic point of view: our dancers achieve success in the studio through hard work, and practice, and this sense of discipline and work ethic transfers into the academic environment. Dance also helps foster creativity, respect, improved concentration, listening skills, fitness, and confidence-- which when consistently practiced over time, in the long-run, helps our dancers become the best version of themselves they can be. It's important to not give up and follow through, in order to foster these many beneficial values that surely make a positive impact in the lives of MRB dancers