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How to Learn Ballet at Home Easily

You’re probably reading this and thinking, “There is no way I’m going to be able to balance on my toes like that!” Can I learn ballet at home?

There’s something about the graceful art of ballet that is alluring. The dancers always look effortless in their movements. Graceful, poise, and perfect. Secretly, you’ve always loved ballet but never got the chance to enroll in a class for one reason or another.

Is it too late? Never! Ballet is something anyone can learn if they love it. Yes, it is even possible to learn it at home if you’re too self-conscious to do it in front of a class.

Ballet is a beautiful and expressive form of dance. If you’re ready, you can get started in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Here is how to learn ballet at home easily:

1. Pick your ballet room

When intending to learn ballet at home, the first thing you will need is the space to move around. A lot of ballet movements involve some dancing and prancing around. There is a reason why classes are held in studios that are often empty of anything except a balance beam and some long mirrors.

Speaking of which, if you have a room with a long mirror, that will be helpful. The long mirror is there to help you perfect your posture as you move. This way, you can watch yourself to see if you’re doing the movements right. Remember, you don’t have a teacher present to help you. You’ll need to become your best teacher.

Ideally, you should find a space or room in your home where you can safely leap and bound without crashing into anything. If you don’t have a space, that’s okay. Just move some furniture around until you have enough space to work with. You can also use portable ballet barres to save space.

2. Practice ballet on a mat or carpet

The biggest benefit of learning ballet at home is that you can do it anytime. You can schedule your sessions to match your schedule. Excuses easily go out the window when there’s no reason not to do it. Convenience is the biggest allure, especially on those lazy days when you don’t feel like leaving the house.

Hopefully, you have a room in your home carpeted and perfect for your ballet sessions. If not, fret not. There is still a solution. If the area you’re going to practice on is a hard surface, you’ll need a yoga mat to add some cushion. This will protect your joints when you’re landing on the hard floors.

3. Get your body warmed up first

Finally, once your area is prepped, it is time to begin. But wait, don’t jump right into it just yet. Like every other exercise (yes, ballet is a workout, too), your body needs to be warmed up and ready. Jog on the spot, jump around lightly, shake out your muscles and joints, and stretch and do star jumps.

Do any kind of warm-up that gets your heart rate elevated slightly. You should never try to begin your ballet movements when your body is still stiff. This will only increase your risk of developing an injury along the way. Stretching is very important, and it should be part of your warm-up routine.

Do a backward bend, stretch your quads, and stretch your hamstrings. Stretch your arms, rotate your shoulders, and swing your hips from side to side.

4. Begin with the first position

The first position is the easiest of all the ballet moves to master. You could probably get it right from the first try. Stand up tall, with your legs together, and your heels touching each other. This should make your feet form the shape of the letter “V.”

Next, lift your arms until they form the shape of an oval. Your fingers shouldn’t be touching when you do this. If you’re doing this right, your hands should be just in front of your hips.

The first position is the foundation upon which you will begin to build the rest of your ballet movements. Mastering this position opens the door that will lead to other positions that you will gradually build up as you go along.

5. Watch some videos on YouTube

When your body is nice and warmed up, the easiest way to start teaching yourself ballet is to watch YouTube videos online. YouTube is a rich source of information, and you can find almost any kind of video you need. Including videos that teach you how to master the ballet basics.

Tutorials on YouTube are the next best thing you will have for a teacher. This is the perfect solution for anyone looking to learn ballet at home by themselves. It’s so easy to do anything these days without ever having to leave your home, including learning ballet.