25 Things to Improve your Training

Want to get better, and quickly?  This guide of 25 things you can do to improve your ballet, career, and more will take you there as fast as possible.


  1. Darn your pointe shoes.  This helps promote correct alignement and balance, which can improve your turning and help yoru shoes last longer.
  2. Video yourself.  I often take a video of myself in new roles ot help me find the things that I need to work on faster, especially whe I have minimal rehearsal time.  I just go ahead and write the corrections I find in my own notebook.
  3. Vary your barre spots.  Seeing yourself from all different angles can help you determine what you need to work on and what’s doing well.  Plus, it’s great to let some other people stand in your usual spot once in a while.
  4. Take a private lesson.  Private lessons help you hone in on your technique and what you need to work on very easily.
  5. Drink more water.  This can help with flexibility, comfort, and injury prevention.  8 glasses a day keeps the doctor away!
  6. Listen to classical music.  This can help you find artistry and be exposed to musicality that can help with your own.  It also exposes you to different kinds of beats and music, which can be helpful during contemporary.
  7. Do a supplementary art.  It’s important to get away from the ballet studio once in a while while still being artistic.  This can be music, drawing, sculpting, or even baking.  Do whatever you love and don’t be afraid that it will hurt your dancing.
  8. Start cross training.  This can include Pilates, yoga, gyrotonics, swimming, biking, and even more.  This will really help you get the most out of your dancing – and many professionals swear by it.
  9. Hold your arms from your back during pirouettes.  This is a life saver and it is what causes many turns to go downhill.
  10. Keep a log.  This is one of my favorite strategies that can help you figure out which health options work best for your dancing.  Use them in coordination with your reflections in your dance journal to figure this out.
  11. Keep a ballet journal.  This is one of the best things you can do for your dancing – a journal can be used for choreography, class notes, reflections, scene orders, and more.
  12. Learn your schedule.  Whether your wirte it down on a sticky note every day and put it on your ballet journal or just know it in your head, knowing your rehearsal schedule will save you lots of time and let you plan ahead much better.
  13. Warm up smarter.  This is one of my favorites and it completely changed my dancing.  You don’t need to be doing crazy stretches and extreme strengthening before class – keep it light but extensive.
  14. Change your conditioning ideals.  If you start strengthening in the morning, your overall mood for the day will be better.  And, by stretching and rolling out at night, your soreness will be reduced the next day.
  15. Bananas.  These fruits can help reduce soreness and nerves, which is extremely useful during performance periods.
  16. Get the right pointe shoes.  The wrong fitting pointe shoes can kill your feet, injure you, and ruin your technique.  Go to a professional fitter and get custom shoes if you’re in them at least 5 hours a day.  That’s very important for your healthy and your safety.
  17. Get a home studio.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate – but it should include a barre, a supplementary or marley floor, and a mirror.  I did an in-detail blog post all about this that you should check out.
  18. Watch ballet.  There are tons of opportunities on YouTube – engage yourself in the wonderful art form and be inspired by the great things that others are doing.
  19. Take a break.  You can’t be going all of the time – it’s important that you take periodic breaks and rest periods, especially on Sundays.  This is important time for your body to heal.
  20. Get enough sleep.  Sleep refreshes you for the next day and keeps your ready for dancing as much as you can.  6-8 hours a day is ideal for ballet dancers.
  21. Take barre en pointe.  This can completely change your pointework and makes you feel much more comfortable and natural in your pointe shoes.
  22. Find a role model.  Whether it’s your artistic director, a dancer in the company connected to your school, or one from a completely different area, it’s important that you have somebody to look up to.
  23. Make ballet friends.  These people can be some of the most valuable in your life – they are almost always wonderful people.  Your ballet studio or school is your family.
  24. Document.  Keeping a journal or a scrapbook is great and will help your remember your cherished dance experiences of the rest of your life.
  25. Be an artist.  Don’t be a solid technician – take the opportunity to dance, because, at some point, you won’t be able to any more.

I hope you loved this an it had some meaning to you and was very helpful.  Thanks for reading.

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2 thoughts on “25 Things to Improve your Training

  1. OMG! Holding the arms from the back in pirouttes just saved my life! I did my first double pirouette! Of course, no one was watching but anyway. Thank you so much for this post!

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