Recently after ballet class I was asked how I became a ballet instructor.

I’ve always had a passion for dancing.  Almost all of my teen years were spent at the studio.  After school I would go straight to afternoon ballet class, then do homework, then take evening classes.  I wanted more.  I asked my teacher if I could help with the younger classes.  As I watched my instructor I became fascinated by the science and knowledge of teaching ballet.   I started taking notes and writing down pages of questions.  At the end of the day she would patiently answer all my questions and in time asked if I was interested in teaching.

Well I guess I’ve come full circle because now my students are asking me some of the same questions.  That started my thinking.

What are some of the most common ballet class questions?

Here are some expert answers to five of the most asked questions by ballet students and dance moms.

I started grudgingly ballet as a child when a younger sister decided she wanted to be a ballerina.   It didn’t take long for my mother to decided that all of us (5 girls in all) would take ballet classes.   Of course eventually I grew to love it but there were times that I wondered….. .

I remember my first ballet class.  I was a nervous, a little bit scared and didn’t know what to expect. I’ve seen that same look when new students arrive to their first class.     If you’re planning on starting ballet lessons soon, here’s some tips to prepare.

There are six major styles of teaching classical ballet.  At PASCB we use the Vaganova method.    The Vaganova method is considered to be very clean, with precise movements that express clean lines yet softness underneath.   We’ve been teaching it for over 38 years.  Of course ballet has been around much longer than that.  Have you ever wondered what ballet classes used to be like?

Ballet asks a lot of our bodies, it demands impossible poses and soft movements to be performed with strength and precision.  Special needs students face these challenges in a different way.

My favorite aspect of being a ballet instructor is the opportunity to meet so many students and have an impact on their lives and them on mine.  It’s amazing the number of ways that ballet has made my life better.

Do you know someone who loves to dance?  Do you have a little ballerina in your family?  Maybe you’re not sure if ballet is for you.  Well….there’s only one way to find out.

Contact The Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet in San Antonio for a free class.

8055 West Avenue
Suite 106,
San Antonio, TX 78213

Phone: (210) 349-2154