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Mary C

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:wacko::P:D:blushing: : :o okay i don't do ballet but i want to start and i need information! it doesn't matter on what just everything! everything from the dress to finding a good ballet school!! I can't do it until at least next year b/c classes have started and should be over in like 2 or 3 months. and it is really expensive at theplace wehre i used to tak tap. i am going to sacve up over the summer and that will help with the cost. Edited by Mary C
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Hello Mary C, welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. :D


We have tons of information here, so you have come to the right place. However, it is going to take some reading, as there are threads on just about anything you coud want to know. It's a good thing you have so much time before you start! :o Good luck, and if you have specific questions about something you cannot find here, then certainly ask.

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thank you! i am VERY determined!! I am ready to jump any obstacles too be able to do this!!

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Hello Mary :lol:


You can accually start in the middle of the year. I started at my ballet school in the middle of the year, and they welcomed me nicely. A good school won't charge you mega $$$, for example, my school is divided into 3 terms, and a four-classes-per-week program costs about $325 (for about three months) :thumbsup:


As for dress, most schools require a leotard and pink tights, with pink ballet slippers, and pointe shoes when you earn them. The leotard is ussually black, but some schools require diff. colors for diff. levels, and some let you choose whatever color!


I'm happy that you are interested in ballet! :sweating: It's a lot of work, but over time, you will learn to love it! :wub:

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for tap which it is about the same was $52 a month. i know from my friend it is about the same!! and Green Jelly Bean u rock!!

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Mary, please no text message speak here on Ballet Talk for Dancers. We spell out the words and also use capitalization and punctuation. There are many members of Ballet Talk who are from all over the world, and English is their second (or third or fourth) language. When we use abbreviations they do not always make sense for these people.

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sorry i will try and stop!!

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i would suggest you buy a book called the Ballet Companion


it is very helpful- especially with what you are asking for! it has the typical dress code and how to find a good school and history, how to sew pointe shoes- everything! it is written by Eliza Gaynor Minden and i am sure you could find it on ebay, but also on the gaynor minden website!

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If you really wanna be a ballet dancer, you have to have the passion, the drive. So if you dont have that youre wasting your time. Also, ballet is not easy.You cant just start and be great. You have to be flexible, have a good arch and have the body. The body is the long neck, flat chest, hipless, muscullar. If you dont have that youre not getting anywhere. Its going to take a few years before you can go on pointe and develop the ballet body and get into companies. Its going to take a looooooong time. Dancer who have been dancing for 15 years still have some technique problems and arm problems, so for a beginner its going to take years.

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nycb2b, I know you are new here, but I don't think that your post is very encouraging for someone who just wants to start ballet. She did not say she had intentions of becoming a professional dancer. Ballet is a great thing to do, and there are many reasons for studying it besides working towards a career.


We feel that one can start ballet at any age, and hopefully they find it as enjoyable as we do, and as beneficial in many ways, even though they are not aiming for a career on stage! :shrug:

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I'm curious, but Mary C, how old are you?? I started a little late as well. Actually when I was 12 and now I'm 15 so I understand how excited you must be. Just remember, because you are starting late it is going to be much more challenging, but I personally like a chanllenge. Good luck!! :shrug:

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I'm another late starter, I started ballet when I was 12 and now I'm 15. Now I can't imagine a day without ballet in my life! :whistling:


The best advice I can give you is try your hardest in every class, and take it day by day so you don't get overwhelmed, also listen to every correction your teacher gives you and use it! :devil:


Starting ballet later is hard work, but it can also be really fun! You have certainly come to the right place and I hope you succeed in whatever your aspirations for ballet are! :innocent:

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I just recently started dancing, right after I turned 13, and I think that it was one of the best choices I've made in a while. I've never been a sports kind of gal, so ballet is really good at improving my exercise habits. It was confusing at first, and I always lifted my right foot instead of my left and what not, but it gets better every day. If you're a little bit intimidated by the class, or you worry that you'll feel out of place with the other dancers (not that this has to be a big deal), it can help to have a friend join the class with you. Good luck! :)

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