WHAT TO WEAR
We would like your clothing to fit neatly so we may evaluate your body mechanics during exercises.
Not everyone feels comfortable in tights and leotards so we recommnd form fitting workout gear as an alternative. Many of our students wear authentic ballet attire. In our classes it is a fairly even split between ballet and workout gear. We don’t care as long as you can dance in it.
BALLET WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES
Please have flat balllet shoes. Please cut and sew the elastics properly. If you cannot acquire shoes prior to your first class you may wear socks. Please have authentic ballet shoes by class #2.
RE-ALIGN BARRE WORKOUT
Socks are fine for the first class but consistent visitors will want to purchase ballet flats.
Yes we wear real pointe shoes! We send students to THE DANCE STORE for fittings.
HAIR – Hair up please. We really like it when you put your hair in a bun. Do you really want it in your face? Long hair will pull you “off your turns”. It looks messy down in class. Please put your hair up.
ODORS – It is standard in the ballet world that your attire need not be expensive but it should be clean and odor free. Generally at ALIGN we request all students attempt to limit odors of all types. We like a nuetral fragrance zone. We dislike body odor and excessive perfume equally.
WHERE TO STAND. If you are new to a class do not stand at the far end of the barre where you face a wall and cannot see other dancers. If you need to watch others to follow that is fine, but be smart and position yourself where you can see more experienced dancers on both sides of the barre.
DON’T HOLD UP CLASS
Switch groups qucikly. Be ready do go when it is your turn to go across the floor. Don’t space out please. Don’t let fear hold you back! Go even if you do not feel ready. You will probably learn something.
SPACING. Be concious of how close you stand next to other people. It is our culture to be empathetic to the spacial needs of other dancers. The art of ballet came directly from the French Court and many of it’s manorism are based on the idea of “politeness”. Have respect for every one in class and make sure you give them space to dance.
OTHER GENERAL BALLET CLASS RULES
DO NOT WEAR STREET SHOES ON THE BALET FLOOR
LISTEN CAREFULLY TO ALL INSTRUCTIONS
MARK COMBINATIONS AS THEY ARE BEING SET
DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF – it’s only ballet class.