Guide to Training Supplements

If you have difficulty finding occasions to improve your dancing, or you aren’t being offered enough classes at your dance studio, supplements to your dance training may be necessary if you want to secure a job as a professional ballet dancer.  Doing some research on opportunities to add to and make the most of your existing training is very important for your success.

This post should serve as a guide to you based on some of the resources I have regarding training supplements.  Everything discussed in this post is designed to help enhance your technique and artistry.  These resources will help you find ways to reach your fullest potential as a dancer:

Ballet Journaling

A common practice among ballet students, especially during spring performances and summer programs, ballet journaling can help you make the most of the existing training at your dance studio. It will help you remember, analyze and apply corrections that your teachers have given to you.  I have lots of blog posts regarding ballet journaling and my favorite techniques for it. See below for some of these:

For a tutorial about how to create a ballet journal and write in it, click here.  For more motivational and analytical writing prompts, click here.  For a tour of my ballet journal and how I use it, click here.

Extra Practice

You don’t need other students or a professional class setting to improve.  Simple practice on your own really works to maximise your potential and gain strength.  It is helpful if you have a ballet studio space in your own house. You can learn more about that here.

Before you use your studio, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basics of practicing on your own, or practicing at home.  Click here for information on how to practice properly and make the most of your practice sessions.

To make good use of your own studio at home, for example, it’s important to practice turns and more specific steps, like ones that you may be performing soon.  It’s also great to find open studio time to practice on your own.  This could either be between your rehearsals or before/after your daily ballet class.

Conditioning and Cross Training

Technique practice and repetitive classical ballet classes won’t help you reach your fullest potential as a dancer if you don’t supplement them with  alternative training.  Conditioning and cross-training is your answer.  Training on a regular basis outside of dance can strengthen a variety of muscle groups and streamline your focus.

Having a membership or access to a gym, which I suggest you use on a regular basis, will be very helpful for this.  Conditioning is not something to be done only on special occasions.  Being consistent with your before-class exercises is really important, and warming up is also a part of this.

My strengthening, flexibility, and massage guides will all be very helpful to you.  I also have guides to specific types of cross-training, such as my guide to yoga.

I have a lot more posts regarding every topic discussed here, so make sure you subscribe to my blog and newsletter to stay updated and explore more with the related buttons and topic options you can find around this webpage.  Stay tuned for exciting projects coming up soon!
I hope you find some options and helpful suggestions in today’s succinct directions to elevate your dance training further.  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or further helpful suggestions.

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