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my first solo?


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Hello, I'm new here :)

I started ballet last year for the first time (in my life!) at 23. If you had told me then that I'd be following directions in French and kicking a pretty sweet royale (for a new kid) now, I would have laughed and then maybe cried. It's been a long and enriching road, because I was never the 'dancer type' as a kid.


Anyway, I'd like to surprise my instructor with a solo...not that I'm anything special to look at right now, but I feel like I've got down the simple moves we work on in our relaxed adult class, and I'm having fun piecing it together. If I do get the guts to show her, how long is a normal ballet solo? The song I'm working with is 3:47, but I could cut some of that on my computer.

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Welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers, bookfleur. :grinning:


A female classical variation generally takes from 1 to 2.5 minutes. However, these are pointe variations, created for soloists and principal dancers. A contemporary ballet variation is often longer. Using a contemporary song for choreography would make it quite long, however, it can be cut or faded.

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