The basic etiquette you must know in ballet class

Sat Mar 26 09:36:50 CST 2022

Ballet is an elegant art that endures for a long time. Due to social, historical and cultural factors, ballet has its own set of requirements from dress to etiquette, which to some extent also reflects the exploration and pursuit of exquisite beauty in ballet art.

Dress code
Girls: solid color bodysuit
Boys: white T-shirt or tank top, catsuit

Girls: pink pantyhose, ballet skirt

Boys: black tights


ballet shoes
Girls: Ballet shoes
Boys: white or black ballet shoes

Pointe shoes
Students must obtain the teacher's permission to wear pointe shoes, and the pointe shoes must be checked by the teacher before wearing them.
Before the class, ballet shoes with narrow elastic bands must be sewn correctly. Please adjust the strap and tie it instead of a bow. Trim the end about 1 inch, then tuck the end into the shoe. Please do not tie the straps in the bow, and do not leave the ends outside the shoes.

Hair style requirements
Incorrect hairstyles are not only messy, they can also interfere with dance training. For girls, the standard ballet hairstyle does not have bangs. All hair should be combed. You can use the hairnet and hairspray to clean up the small hair pieces, which will highlight the neck line. The side of the bun can also be added a little simple and beautiful. Decoration. The standard hairstyle for boys is short and neat.

The reason why ballet uses Western aristocratic etiquette is that it originated in the Italian court and later spread to the French court. Therefore, ballet is originally a noble dance. Whether it is a performer or a spectator, it is a member of the royal family or the upper class.Traditionally, saluting to someone who is higher than yourself is a matter of course, but nowadays, saluting is more of a way of showing respect or gratitude. The upright spine and the slightly contained lower jaw fully show its noble and elegant manners, and the polite and good self-cultivation are also the embodiment of gentlemen and ladies.Therefore, saluting for the elders when meeting, saluting to the teacher after class, saluting to the piano accompaniment teacher, and saluting to the dance partner and audience after the performance are essential qualities for ballet dancers.

There is a slight difference in the way boys and girls act when saluting. The salute of female ballet dancers used the traditional etiquette of western aristocrats-curtsy. In European tradition, women would curtsey to members of the royal family. Later curtsy was regarded as a kind of court ceremony, corresponding to the etiquette of bowing by men.