The dance world today is comprised of many dance styles, but whether you study hip-hop, contemporary or jazz, there is always something you can learn from a ballet class to incorporate into your other techniques. Considered the most demanding and disciplined of all dance forms, ballet provides the foundation for all other dance styles. With a solid ballet foundation, ballet-trained dancers can transfer their skills into jazz, modern dance, or any other style they might decide to pursue. Even in the case of some dance styles that demand a more released technique, such as hip-hop, knowing the opposing technique will enhance the movement quality and create a more versatile dancer. That is why the international trend nowadays is to encourage dancers to incorporate ballet lessons as part of their dance curriculum so as to increase their ability to perform in all dance genres.
Below are some of the many values that ballet delivers to dancers of any style:
- Develops strength and flexibility through its stylized and controlled movements and positions, which ultimate helps creating a centered, balanced, lengthened and physically graceful dancer.
- Requires great physical and mental control.
- Improves flexibility, posture and balance.
- Allows greater body awareness and control.
- Strengthens ankles, legs, and core, especially in the abdominals and lower back area and footwork gains precision and speed.
- Shapes alignment, aesthetic purity of line and grace.
- Due to its linear movements, it emphasizes form, extension, and lightness in the body.
- Its structural technique has a defined form and general class outline that develops coordination of both sides of the body.
- Trains the dancer´s musicality and sense of rhythm and tempo, enhancing his/her ability to understand different movement qualities in the body and to adapt to more complex rhythms in other styles.