Teaching Ballet Technique to Beginners

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Teaching ballet technique to beginners always requires you to take the individual skill sets of your students into consideration. Learn about teaching ballet technique to beginners with help from an experienced classical ballet instructor in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Lori Lahnemann Director of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Youth Ballet. In this video we're going to go over a few tips on how to teach ballet technique to beginners. The number one priority for beginners is proper alignment and rotation coming from the hips. Often, beginners want to rotate from the knees or the ankles. In order to teach proper alignment, you don't want the combinations to be too complex, you want to keep things simple. So you want to keep the arms either en bas in a, or a low fifth position, on the hips or on the shoulders. This way they can focus on their alignment and the work of the legs and feet. When doing beginner technique you want to make sure the ribcage is aligned over top of the pelvis and that in rotation the knees are right over the middle of the foot. This is essential in establishing proper technique. I'm Lori Lahnemann from the Philadelphia Dance Academy, and these are some basic tips for teaching beginner ballet technique.


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