11 Prompts for Your Ballet Journal

As many of you know, I have a strong passion for maintaining a ballet journal and using a notebook to help assess my ballet work.  One of my favorite teachers also feels very strongly about this activity. I have learned a lot from both him and my personal experience.

Today, I want to share with you some ballet journaling questions, or “prompts,” you can use to reflect on several aspects of your life at ballet.  They are divided into different situations relating to casting, performances and class.  Each prompt is designed to both help you review past events and let you look forward into the future, so that you might make better choices.  I hope that you enjoy these prompts and find them useful.

Casting Prompts

  1. Why do you think you did or didn’t receive this role?  What does this experience tell you you should work on in the future to receive these kinds of roles?  What can you take away from the experience of receiving or not receiving a leading role?
  2. What are some factors that contribute to somebody getting a leading role besides the fact that they have adequate technique?
  3. If you received a leading role, what are some ways that you will try to prevent drama and jealousy surrounding the director’s decision?  How do these strategies function successfully?
  4. What would you say to another dancer that you could talk openly with about casting?
  5. What is your dream role and how would you dance it better than everyone else?

Performance Reflection Prompts

  1. What one thing would you change about your performance?  Why would you change it?  Would the audience view your performance differently with this change?
  2. Imagine you did a perfect performance.  What were the factors that were different in this performance?  How can you apply the elements that you visualized to your current performances?

General Prompts

  1. Imagine the perfect day at ballet.  How can you make an actual ballet day more like that perfect day?  What are some things that you do differently on this perfect day than you would on a regular basis?
  2. Regarding creative content: If you could design a costume for a performance, what would it be?  What would the steps and the music be like?  How would they match the costume?
  3. If you could meet your favorite dancer of all time in person and you could go to dinner together, what would you talk about?
  4. What would you do if you could never dance again?

So, now you have some prompts to use in your ballet journal.  Again, journals don’t have to be used merely for recording corrections and choreography.  It is a great place to get out all of your thoughts and feelings and reveal your inner, strong dancer.

When you use one of these prompts, post a picture of your writing and post it on social media with the hashtag #gouletballet and make sure to tag @gouletballet, my blog’s Instagram.  Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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