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Kodi

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Hi guys. I am brand new to ballet and will begin my classes this coming Tuesday. Since I am entering the class 2 months late I want to make sure I can catch up to the rest of the class!

 

First off, I was wondering if people had any advice for improving your turnout? I want to make sure I have the best possible form before I go to class.

 

Also, I would love any other advice considering I'm a total newbie, whether it be books to read or stretches to use. Any fundamental terms or exercises I should know before I start the class.

 

 

Thanks!!

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Hi Kodi, and welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. :shrug:

 

Let's get you started first, and then we can go in with the handy-dandy tips. Turnout is something that most people find very different from normal human locomotion, but let's see what YOUR body does about it. Class may be the most appropriate place to learn how to rotate the legs in the hipjoints, without anymuch input from people who can't see you. How old are you, anyway? That'll influence the reading list.

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Hey thanks for the reply!

 

I am 21, so I am starting pretty late. Still, I have been able to sing and act my entire life, so I really want to add dancing as a final criteria.

 

I'm pretty much hoping anyone here can give me some pointers to things they wish they had done when they were starting out. I want to be able to improve as fast as possible :grinning:

 

I am naturally really flexible, but started stretching more in hopes to get my splits down in a week or two. If you have any stretches you personally recommend, that would be great as well!

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As I have noted, you haven't started yet, so advice on what to do and how to do it will have to wait until after your teacher has had a couple of fair whacks at you. 21 is still a pretty good age for a man to start.

 

Ballet is a long, slow process, so any starting-line shuffling around won't matter in the long run. "Fast" is a relative term, reckoned in years. Easy does it! Find out what it's about first, THEN we can start working on advice. :grinning:

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As I have noted, you haven't started yet, so advice on what to do and how to do it will have to wait until after your teacher has had a couple of fair whacks at you. 21 is still a pretty good age for a man to start.

 

Ballet is a long, slow process, so any starting-line shuffling around won't matter in the long run. "Fast" is a relative term, reckoned in years. Easy does it! Find out what it's about first, THEN we can start working on advice. :grinning:

 

 

Sounds good. Thank you!!!

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Welcome Kodi, Good luck wit your first class today, I'm sure like me you will be hooked after your first lesson and everyone in the Forum is o supportive.

 

Good Luck and Dance, Dance, Dance

 

Dave

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