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Why Ballet is the Perfect Activity for Your Child

Are you looking for a fun and engaging activity that will provide countless benefits for your child? Look no further than ballet! Ballet is a beautiful art form that combines physical activity, creativity, and discipline. Here are some of the key benefits your child can gain from participating in ballet:

Physical Benefits:

Mental and Emotional Benefits:

Social Benefits:

Cultural Exposure:

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With all these incredible benefits, it's clear that ballet is an ideal activity for children of all ages. As a parent, you can support your child's growth and development by enrolling them in a ballet class today. Don't wait any longer – give your child the gift of ballet and watch them flourish in this beautiful art form!

Discover the Vaganova Ballet Method

If you're looking for a ballet training system that has produced some of the most celebrated ballet stars and companies in the world, you'll want to learn about the Vaganova ballet method. Let's take a closer look at this renowned technique and how it has shaped the world of ballet.

What is the Vaganova Ballet Method?

The Vaganova ballet method is a Russian ballet training system developed by Agrippina Vaganova in the early 20th century. Vaganova, a renowned ballet dancer and teacher, combined the best elements of French, Italian, and Russian ballet techniques to create a unique and highly effective method. The Vaganova method is known for its emphasis on precise movements, artistic expression, and the development of the whole dancer.

Why is the Vaganova Method so Successful?

Many of the world's top ballet companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet, teach the Vaganova method. Renowned ballet dancers like Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov were trained using the Vaganova method. Here are some key features of this approach:

When does my Child Start Dancing on Pointe ? 🩰

At Orillia Ballet Academy, our primary focus is on the safety and long-term development of our students. Starting pointe work too early can lead to injuries and hinder a dancer's progress. Typically, children begin dancing on pointe between the ages of 11 and 13, but this can vary depending on the individual dancer's physical development, strength, and mastery of ballet technique.

Before starting pointe work, our students must demonstrate:

Our experienced instructors will carefully assess each student and make personalized recommendations based on the dancer's readiness for pointe work. We ensure a gradual and safe transition to pointe shoes, guiding our students every step of the way to help them achieve their goals while prioritizing their well-being.

Should my Child Practice at Home?

Encouraging your child to practice at home can be beneficial to their progress in ballet and overall development as a dancer. However, it's important to strike a balance between structured classes and independent practice. Here are a few guidelines for at-home practice:

Remember, the primary goal of at-home practice is to support and complement the instruction your child receives in class. By following these guidelines, you'll contribute to their progress and development as a confident, skilled, and passionate dancer.

How do I Make a Bun for my Child? 

Tying a secure and neat bun for your child's ballet class is essential for keeping their hair out of their face and maintaining a polished appearance. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you create the perfect ballet bun:

By following these steps, you'll be able to create a tidy and secure ballet bun for your child, allowing them to focus on their dancing and enjoy their ballet class without any distractions.

Click here for a video tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yG7Hcozrf8

How do I Sew Pointe Shoes for my Child?

Sewing pointe shoes is an essential skill for dancers and their parents. Properly sewn ribbons and elastics will provide the necessary support and comfort during ballet practice and performances. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you sew pointe shoes:

By following these steps, you will successfully sew pointe shoe ribbons and elastics for your child, providing them with the support they need to dance confidently and safely. Remember that pointe shoes will wear out and need to be replaced regularly, so be prepared to repeat this process as needed.

Click here for a video tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-187qChovQ

Important! A dancer's first pair of pointe shoes should never be purchased online. Please make sure your first pair is bought in store with a specialist who can help get the shoes fitted properly. This will not only improve the dancer's ability to dance on pointe, but will ensure a correct fit that aids a safe dancing experience. The health and safety of our dancers is top priority.

Where can I Buy Ballet clothes and Equipment?

Orillia is lucky to have a thriving dance community supported by the amazing Ballare - The Dance Boutique conveniently located at 96 Mississaga St E, Orillia, ON L3V 1V6 - just minutes away from our studio