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Audience Parents who want to enroll their children in a ballet class for the first time As a child I was very active in ballet When I first asked my parents to let me enroll in a ballet class they were skeptical They werent too sure of what a ballet class consisted of or what kind of exercise I would have to undergo My parents researched in books and magazines but they didnt understand the ballet terminology When they went to speak to a ballet instructor they got a better understanding of what I would be doing in class Now that I am older and have started to teach my own ballet class I want my students parents to understand what the class consists of I have written an easy-to-understand overview of a ballet class Technique levels in ballet fall into three categories beginner intermediate and advanced Students advance through the different levels according to their skill level This is much like football A football player begins playing in junior high then moves up the high school level and then the collegiate level Next we move onto the barre a rigid piece of wood or metal longer than it is wide A barre is used to help give support it may also be used as a handle The barre is a well-designed step-by-step process which brings out the best in dancers muscular and mental receptivity We will begin working with the feet then the legs hips upper back and torso The barre helps the student concentrate on one leg at a time It also helps the students gain confidence to help them balance on one leg at a time There are various exercises that can be performed on the barre eg warming up the calf muscles or warming down after class The tendu exercise helps to warm up the achilles tendon and calf muscles The French word tendu means to slide the foot
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