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  • Dancewear – What your child needs for Ballet classes

    So now you’ve decided that your child is going to start ballet classes and you’ve chosen the dance school and now you need to buy their dancewear.

     

    Dancewear
    The dance teacher will usually provide a list of what your child will need, but the basics will include ballet shoes, ballet leotards and ballet tights/socks.
    They may also want your child to wear specific types and colours of these, to make it easier for them to compare dancers as they progress and so that the children all feel the same and part of a ‘team’. It also avoids ‘costume envy’!!

     

    Ballet Shoes
    Designed specifically for ballet dancing they are typically available in leather, canvas and satin.
    S02092030Leather is the hardest wearing, but if you’re looking for something costing a little less, you can try canvas as they wear relatively well and are easy to maintain. Satin are very attractive to look at, but stain easily and wear out quickly. They are usually worn specifically for exams or performances.
    To begin with, your child will need a pair of full sole ballet shoes in order to help develop the muscles in their feet and ankles and provide extra arch support. This will help to make learning the basics of ballet dancing as easy as possible.
    Ballet shoes should be a snug fit but still allow wiggle room for their toes. Buying them a bit too big, to give growing room, is not a good idea though, as they can cause trips. Split sole shoes are usually worn by more experienced dancers because they allow the foot to be arched more, giving a more graceful profile, but have less support for the arch of the foot.

     

    TammyBallet Leotard
    Leotards are flexible and are usually made from a stretch fabric like Nylon Lycra or Cotton Lycra. It is also form-fitting which allows the teacher to easily see the placement of your child’s body. This is important in order for the teacher to provide constructive feedback on performance which will help your child improve their dancing ability. To make sure the leotard offers the right fit, it should have a snug fit, but still allow your child’s body to move freely. It should neither be so tight that it pulls under the arms or other places, nor loose enough to let the neckline hang or shoulders feel loose. Try it on and move around doing things like touching toes and stretches and make sure it doesn’t pinch anywhere or fall away.

     

    Ballet socks and tights
    Ballet tights and socks are usually a requirement of most dance school uniforms. If your child is dancing twice a week, you1816can just about get away with one pair of tights though it’s usually useful to have a spare just in case of any unexpected ladders.
    If they’re dancing more than this, it’s definitely best to have at least two or three pairs. There’s no need to spend a fortune as you can buy a good pair of ballet tights for just a few pounds but if your child wants something a little more trendy or fashionable, you might have to spend a little more.
    Convertible (or Transition) tights (have a seamed elasticated small hole in the bottom of the foot) are often chosen because they allow the wearer to wear them over the feet (as ‘normal’ footed tights) or ending below the ankle. This is useful for going to and fro to the dance class or for changing from a ballet class to say modern (or for fitting toe pads before going En Pointe).
    Footed tights are like conventional tights, but for ballet they are usually harder wearing and of course come in the colours the dance school wants.
    Ballet socks need to comfortable inside the ballet shoe, stay up well, wick away moisture and be durable.

     

    EBTThat’s the basics covered but maybe, just to finish off, you might like to consider hair scrunchies/grips/nets to keep your child’s hair tidy while they dance and a dance bag to carry their kit in.

     

    You will be able to purchase everything your child needs for ballet classes from any good specialist dance shop. Here, they’ll be able to offer specialist advice about all the dance wear your child needs. Buying such a wide range of dance wear can obviously be expensive – especially given that children usually grow at a phenomenal rate! There are many online dance retailers that are able to offer a wide range of dance wear at excellent prices. Most of these will offer quick delivery which means your child can receive everything they need for dance direct to their door.

     

    With over 40 years’ experience, Dance Gear is run by Dancers for Dancers and is expert in providing dance wear. For more information about our extensive range please visit our website https://www.dancegear.co.uk

     

    We offer next day dispatch on most items, no hassle returns and many of our staff are dancers or dance teachers, so can give you expert advice. Just call on 0121 420 1999 or email sales@dancegear.co.uk

     

  • Dance Competitions

    Dance Competitions and Festivals

     

    If your child is at a dance school, then they may be talking about sending a team to local or other dance competitions or festivals.

     

    Dancers on stage

     

    So what are Dance Competitions/Festivals all about and why do Dance schools use them

     

    Dance competitions/festivals can be small local events, maybe in a school hall or similar or larger events with dance organisations running them. They can be for just one day or last for a whole week with different dance styles and competitions each day.

     

    Different dance styles will be involved like Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Street and so on and there will be a judge or a panel of judges.

     

    Competitions are a great way for dance schools and the dancers to learn how they’ve improved and to showcase all their hard work. It can help to give dancers a goal to aim for, motivating them to do better.

     

    They give dancers who never danced on stage that all important ‘Stage experience’ helping them to cope with nerves, bright lights, dancing for an audience, how to recover quickly from a stumble or from forgetting part of a routine and generally making them better dancers and to grow in confidence. Working as part of a team makes it easier for those of a more nervous disposition, because of the support from their team mates.

     

    Competitions and festivals are not all about winning though – it’s the taking part that counts too! Obviously every team or solo dancer wants to win, but coming anywhere in the placings is fine too. It’s all part of the learning curve. Dancers learn a lot about what they need to be able to do, to become better dancers. It takes hard work and determination, but it can be great fun too and new friendships are often formed – or friendly rivalries!!

     

    Performing in a team – duets/trios/group/ troupe routines helps dancers to learn teamwork and often the team dynamic brings out the best in the individuals. Troupes are a good way to learn more about dancing in sync, working and moving as one.

     

    It also lets dancers see other dance styles and maybe be inspired to try that dance style as part of their journey in the world of dance.

     

    Age Range or level

     

    Most dancers will not start taking part in competitions until they are around 6-8 years old and have been dancing for a few years. They need to be able to dance unassisted and to remember the routines.

     

    So some typical levels might be:

     

    • Petite – 6-8 years
    • Junior – 9-11 years
    • Teen - 12-14 years
    • Senior – 15-17-19 years
    • Adult – 20+ years (some competitions only allow dancers to take part up to 16-18 years old, but there adult categories too.

     

    Dance Styles

     

    Most competitions will cover:

     

    • Lyrical/Ballet/Classical
    • Tap
    • Modern/Jazz
    • Musical Theatre
    • Contemporary
    • Street/Hip Hop/Fusion

     

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    The Judges; - what do they look for?

     

    Depending on the competition there may be anything from one up to even 6 judges in the panel. They will watch the different dancers, from different dance schools, performing their routines and mark them with positive or ‘Needs Work’ comments on a number of criteria giving this feedback for each dancer or troupe.

     

    Each judge’s views will be scored and put together with the other judges to give a final total for the dancer/duet/trio or troupe. Once finished, each section of dancers such as the lyrical section, Tap section, jazz, Hip Hop etc., awards (Medals or maybe trophies) will be given out to the winners and maybe some of the higher placed teams.

     

    Also each dancer or group will usually be given a certificate to keep for taking part, which they may want to use, for future auditions or dance jobs, as they progress in dancing.

     

    Here’s an example of a typical Score Sheet:

     

    Dance festival score sheet

     

    As you can see performers get points for a range of things – not just how well they dance as individuals, but things like their grooming, do they make eye contact with their audience, do they interpret the music and emotions well, timing were they all in sync, how well the choreography interpreted the music and so on.

     

    How will dancers be feeling?

     

    • Nervous, Excited, Anxious, Prepared, Full of adrenaline………
    Many will fear that they will ‘mess up’ during a routine or have a total “BLANK” (forget part of the dance) and feel like a failure. That is not the case! If they forget their dance, the main thing to do is, “Smile and just improvise on stage, never run off or stop. Just move around the stage until the music stops”. Even though some may have forgotten or gone wrong, judges will take into consideration the fact that you took part and carried on and mark the rest of your routine. Sometimes, the judges may not even be aware that you forgot your dance; - remember they don’t know the routines!

     

    Preparing for a competition

     

    Every dancer will prepare differently, but there are some key factors which are worth noting:

     

    • It goes without saying that practicing your routine regularly – at least weekly and at home between classes - until you are sure you know it well is important.
    • Get the tempo of the music and the routine into your head
    • Double check all your dance kit for correct costumes, hair accessories, shoes, tights etc.
    • Take spare tights, hair grips, needle and thread, and anything else you might need if your costume gets damaged or your hair is not right.
    • Do hair and makeup before you get there, but take your makeup bag and hair stuff with you to touch up just before you go on stage
    • Listen to your music piece with head phones before your dance just to keep in fresh in your mind – also helps to relax you.
    • Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated to keep your energy levels up.
    • Always eat something before dancing as the exercise burns off fat so you need the protein and energy source there for your body to feel energised. Try to eat at least an hour before you are due to dance though.
    • Make sure you have a good solid 8 hours sleep, will help you have clear mind and your body won’t feel exhausted and not prepared.
    • Get there in plenty of time before your audition/dance but be prepared to wait too. Performances may be over running their programmed time but be early in case the reverse happens
    • Make sure each dancer has the number they have been allocated pinned on securely
    • Maintain a positive attitude – “It doesn’t matter if you don’t win, it’s all experience for you!”
    • Lastly – “Just have FUN!”

     

    Dancewear costumes

     

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    Most dance styles have a range of dance wear which is typically worn for that style and of course the shoes you need will be specifically for the dance style.

     

    After that though unless there are set styles or other requirements for a competition then it’s up to the individual/troupe and their dance teacher/school.

     

    Some common costume types include:

     

    • Leotards
    • Catsuits
    • Skirts
    • Crop tops
    • Accessories (i.e. props, feathers, glovettes, leggettes)
    • Tap Shoes
    • Ballet Shoes
    • Jazz Shoes
    • Turning Shoes
    • Bare feet
    Sneakers
    • Trainers
    • Converse
    Pointe Shoes

     

  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 6

    What’s now becoming the theme with the ‘The Greatest Dancer’ was amazing opening routine with all of the acts involved including the dance captains.

     

    There are eight acts left in the competition, with two acts being eliminated from the sixth episode.

     

    Each act were given a theme or a prop in which to incorporate into their performance, this was the situation in episode 5 when ‘The Globe Girls’ was given a sport theme, but sadly the voting public gave them the red card and sent them off.

     

    KLA, the Latin girls from Wales were given the challenge of ice, preforming as ice queens. They gave a very polished performance, with a whopping 94.4% audience approval rating.

     

    The second act where given the challenge of Hollywood, basing it on the troubled life of the American actress, model, and singer, Marilyn Monroe. Sasha, one of the dancers within ‘Dane Bates Collective’ played the part of Marilyn Monroe, she gave such a powerful performance as did all of the girls within the group, expressive, emotional, storytelling through dance with a 90% from the theatre audience.

     

    Prospects Fraternity had the challenge last week of chairs, the new challenge was tables. The team dance routine was based around a school classroom with tables very much involved, jumping over, dancing on top of and sliding underneath. 95.5% rating from the audience that saw this performance.

     

    Prospects Fraternity

     

    James and Oliver challenge was Les Miserables, based on the French revolution with two brothers separated by war. Very powerful and expressive interpretation of this subject. 86.3% rating.

     

    Harry and Eleiyah routine was not as their challenge would suggest confined to four walls, with the surprise they intimated prior to the performance, bashing down part of the wall and jumping through. 96.2% audience approval.

     

    Company Jinks challenge was ‘toys’ how are they going to deal with this one, being a fourteen piece dance group having to show their individuality. Sindy/Barbie doll with Action Man, that’s how. 83.2% I though was not a true reflection of the performance which was powerful, tight and professional, choreograph by Ricky Jinks.

     

    Company Jinks

     

    Ellie challenge was orchestra, using her body as if were an instrument. Oti pushed Ellie to the limit with the amounts of pirouettes she had to do. 96.3% of the audience shared my opinion that for a solo performer dancing to orchestral sound track would have been daunting to the most experienced of dancers. Well done.

     

    Frobacks challenge was ‘Social network’ with all of the ideas associated with this challenge, Facebook, Instagram and Tweeter. A backdrop full of emoji then throw in Face Timing with Robbie Williams, Perrie Edwards from Little Mix , Liam Payne the British singer songwriter from One Direction fame and you get a 91.3% audience rating.
    The acts eliminated by the voting public were, Prospects Fraternity and Company Jinks.

     

  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 5

    The Globe Girls
     
    What an amazing opening sequence with all of the acts involved with their team captains, certainly opened the show with a bang.
     
    The viewing public get to decide who will be ‘The Greatest Dancer’, as well as a prize of £50,000 a performance on the next series of strictly come dancing awaits the winner of the show.
     
    The Live Challenge Shows, what are these challenges? Creativity, Technicality, Versatility, each week each act will be set a brand new challenge which they have to incorporate into their choreography. They can get to interpolate these challenges within their performance anyway they want. The challenge can be from a theme to a specific prop, could be anything from a chairs to boxes and the team captains have no control over which challenge they get.
     
    ‘James and Oliver’ first challenge was a staircase and when asked, what is the first thing that comes into your mind the answer being Broadway. Matthew gave them a tough choreographed routine with lots of tricks and kicks. Their routine scored 88.2% with the audience.
     
    Alex, Ryan, Gilly, Reece otherwise known as ‘Frobacks’ first challenge was classical; this put the boys in a predicament because this didn’t fit with their normal urban street style. The audience really enjoyed their interpretation of the challenge with a massive 95.7% score. The choreography remain truthful the Frobacks style being inventive, strong and with a sense of fun.
     
    Company Jinks being a commercial dance group face the task of elevating themselves to the next level and braking through the ceiling that will make them something extra special, the challenge set for them was Chairs. In rehearsal one member came crashing to the floor, gashing his head with blood oozing from his head. This programme is really is about blood sweat and tears.
     
    The routine performed to the track from X Ambassadors ‘Unsteady’ was challenging to say the least, with chairs constantly being moved with precision and intricacy without the feeling of it looking messy. The audience scored 88.2%.
     
    The Globe Girls challenge was sport. Seeing the boys out of drag was a shock within itself, although their auditions was done with a tongue firmly in their cheek, they what to be foremostly to be taken seriously as dancers. That was proven with an 80.9% rating from the audience.
     
    Prospects Fraternity challenge was colours with the first part of the routine dancing to the track ‘A Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay and finishing with MNEK ‘Colour’ (Cahill Remix) This group of young people are full of stars and covered the stage with a colour beyond any rainbow scoring 95.5% with the watching audience.
     
    Dane Bates Collective is an amazing group of girls whose first challenge was doors. This performance was packed with emotion with a simple stage set, but had a fantastic visual impact, closing the doors to shutout our insecurities then bashing them down again. The audience did not shut them out with a 93.5% approval, even Simon Cowell approved.
     
    KLA from South Wales first challenge was carnival, considering their tender years they showed and preformed a tremendous mature polished performance. Packed for of movement twists turns lifts and coordinating sequences. The 90.8% of the audience agreed with what I saw.
     
    Ellie the 14 year old dancer from Livingston Edinburgh is creative talented and hard working. The challenge set for her was Fairy Tale. Normally you would associate fairy tales with light, innocent portrayal of this subject, but not Ellie, it was dark mystical and sinister, although Cheryl would have preferred a less sinister approach. Being a sole performer meant Ellie had to move around the stage so that she could command that space, it would have been so easy to get lost, a very impressive performance with a 95.7% audience rating.
     
    17 year old Harry and 18 year old Eleiyah a contemporary duo from Liverpool challenge was Doctor Who. What a powerful performance with these two with split jumps with extensions pirouettes and summersaults all done with emotive technicality with the highest score of the night of 96.4% - they are going to go a long way in this competition.
     
    World renowned Rambert danced live to Freya Ridings ‘lost without you’ whilst the public voted for their favourite act of the night, with the act with the least amount of votes going home, which on this occasion was The Globe Girls.
     

  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 4

    James’s is a member of AWA ‘Autism With Attitude’. Kim, James mom said James has high functioning autism and was a solitary person growing up, but dancing has opened his eyes to a lot in the outside world. Through dance James is able to express different feelings such as, passion, excitement and happiness, these were emotions previously you never saw from him, all of the members from AWA are on the autistic spectrum. Jonathan Baron spotted the possibility of using dance as a way of allowing people with this condition to be able to express these emotions thus the formation of AWA.
    More and more doctors are now prescribing exercise, social and other activities instead of medication.
    Not only was the back story inspiring getting people to wake up to the benefits of exercise and group interaction, but also the performance delivery was also brilliant.
    AWA
    James and Oliver clearly have talent and if this show was as it’s name suggests on the tin then these two would be in the running, but hopefully people can see that this is much more than just roar talent.
    James and Oliver
    Dadson Thing with their funny Street dance routine didn’t hit the spot with the audience. Dance is an art form that can be expressed in all sorts of ways, humour being another one of those areas in which it can be used, sadly not for Dadson Thing on this occasion.
    Dadson Thing
    Kieran Lai Permed hair, hat wearing body popping street dancer who was looking for praise from his father, why you should need to go to these lengths in order to achieve this a mystery, but as a consequence of his performance it achieved a positive result with both the audience and his father alike.
     
    Kieran Lai
     
    Fever, with jobs as diverse as Paramedic, Hairdresser, Pharmacist and a Scientist amongst others gave a very polished routine and achieved the 75% with ease.
    Fiona, Rhiannon mom said that Rhiannon went to her first dance class when she was only two and loved it from the very start. She is a shy person with no confidence at all, but when the music starts she becomes a totally different person. If you can dance in front of an audience like Rhiannon did shows what a strong person there is under that shy exterior.
    Fever
    Prospects Fraternity ages ranged from 10 to 17 years, preformed a strong choreographed routine with attitude.
    Prospects Fraternity
    75% AWA (Street), 75% James & Oliver (Contemporary) 64% Dadson Thing (Street) 34% Dans Chinese Dance (Traditional Chinese) 75% Kieran Lai (Street) 75% Fever (Latin Formation) 75% Rhiannon (Freestyle Disco) 75% Prospects Fraternity (Street)
     
    The dance captain’s now have the job of witling the acts that had the mirror opened for them down to the final nine.
     
    Team captains final three were:-
     
    Cheryl: Frobacks, Harry & Eleiyah, Dane Bates collective.
     
    Matthew Morrison: Company Jinks, James and Oliver, Prospects Fraternity
     
    Otlile Mabuse: Ellie, KLA, The Globe Girls.
     
    This Saturday will see the team captains go head to head in the live show.
     

  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 3

    Winner of this show with get the chance to perform on Strictly Come Dancing and win £50,000.
     
    The judges Cheryl, Otlile and Matthew get to choose three acts each to go through to the final show.
     
    Harry & Eleiyah performance was emotional, powerful and coordinated.
     
    Harry and Eleiyah
     
    Villains Crew show originality with storytelling through dance.
    Villains Crew
    Wei Yao qualified from Leeds University with a PHD qualification in bioenergy which as we all know is energy which is stored in biological matter or “biomass”. This can be derived from plants, slurry and even sewage, yuk. He taped his glasses to his face to stop them from falling off because all of that excess energy he was producing, presumably from all of that biomass. The judges didn’t share the opinion of the audience who gave him the necessary 75%.
     
    Wei Yao
     
    Cream is like talent, it will always rise to the top and this was the situation with Dane Bates Collective, a group of girls from all over the UK who come together once a month to train for performances, sharing a common interest in dance and keep in touch via Snapchat.
    Dane Bates Collective
    Shyla aged 7 practices in her bedroom. Elliot Shyla’s dad suffers from a condition called keratoconus, which has affected his vision so he is only being able to see blurred shapes and colours, so still being able to see Shyla dance inspires him. What a performance from Shyla, who not only inspired Elliot, but everyone who saw that amazing performance.
     
    Shyla
     
    Barbara Peters aged 80 has been dancing for 78 years and trained at The RADA Academy of Dance and now has her own dancing school in Huddersfield who is still teaching today. Barbara’s secret to youthfulness is to never stop dancing and is officially the oldest ballet dancer in the UK.
     
    Barbara Peters
     
    Unity UK a twelve strong group of dancers who trained together for the last six years in East London, but are from all around the capital. Archie, Chelsea, Jemma and others amazed the judges and audience, Sharne the founder, director and choreographer (The Big Friendly Giant) of Unity UK was very emotional with tears of joy. The motto of the group is “peace love and unity”.
    Unity UK
    Santra & Pila a real couple and dancing partners from Finland showed great style and energy zoomed up to the 75% in no time. Well done.
    Santra and Pila
    75% Harry & Eleiyah (Contemporary) 66% CTC Company (Commercial) 75% Villains Crew 75% (Street) Wei Yao (Freestyle) 75% Dane Bates Collective (Contemporary) 75% Shyla (Modern Jazz) 75% Barbra Peters (Ballet) 73% William (Street) 75% Unity UK (Street) 75% Santra & Pila (Latin American).
     
    This Saturday will see The Greatest Dancer being shown live, so everyone remember to tune in to The Greatest Dancer Saturday Night Live.
     

  • The Greatest Dancer Episode 2

    Series 1; Episode 2

     
    Dynamic Dads
     

    Dynamic Dads someone said in the audience, “ The Full Monty”, implying they were going to bare their bodies and not their dancing expertise. This group of middle aged man, when I say middle aged, what I mean is if they lived until 110. They had no dancing background, working as a lorry driver, finance broker, machinist and a karate teacher. The latter looked as if he’d just eaten Bruce Lee between two loaves of bread. Being Dynamic Dads means you have to be a dad to be part of the group, they have probably like most parents taken children to and throw from dancing schools, sitting in the car waiting until it’s time to go home after dancing lessons, shows and festivals, that could have been me. They received the 75% required, RESPECT.

     
    Mindtrick
     

    Mindtrick, took his inspiration from a fly, but they audience didn’t share he’s 360 degree vision and swatted him with their imaginary rolled up newspaper.

     
    JSD Minis
     

    JSD Minis proved to be a big hit with the viewing public and show what great fun it can be being part of a group, having fun and forming friendship’s for life. Well done girls.

     
    Chris Fonseca
     

    Chris Fonseca lost he’s hearing as a result of contracting meningitis as a child, you would of thought this would have proved an impossible barrier to overcome , but no, through vibration Chris can imagine this as music and dance. What an amazing and inspirational guy.

     

    Participants: Dynamic Dads (Street) Fionn (Contemporary) Mindtrick (street) Company Jinks (Commercial) Afro Queens (Afro Dance) JSD Minis (Modern Jazz) Mark Short (Commercial Jazz) Chris Fonseca (Street) The Globe Girls (Commercial)

     

    Roll on Episode 3

     

  • Ballet Dancing is Great for Your Child’s Health – and Fun too

    So you and your child have decided learning to dance would be good and fun too, but what type of dance should you go for first?
     
    Ballet
     
    Well ballet is amongst the most popular types of dance and forms the basis of many of the other dance styles, so it’s usually a good place to start. Also of course many girls dream of being a ballerina so that helps too!
     
    And while boys may prefer the idea of hip hop or other more energetic dances, ballet is great for developing the body to make you a better dancer – whatever style you choose.
     
    Ballet classes also provide a great way for children to express themselves in a structured and positive environment, and also provide a good opportunity for them to learn important skills that they will carry with them into their adult life.
     
    Ballet for Toddlers
     
    ballet toddler
     
    Ballet classes can be attended by both boys and girls and many start from as young as 3 years of age (or even younger). This is particularly beneficial as young children are very receptive and tend to learn new skills quickly.
     
    And it helps to burn off that boundless energy too!!
     
    In ballet classes for young children, the emphasis will largely be on structured play. Good Toes (pointed), Naughty Toes (flexed) and running around with arms pretending to be a fairy ballerina, are well known routines that most toddlers will experience.
     
    They will go on to develop technique a little later on as their bones and muscles develop.
     
    Ballet for Beginners
     
    Posistions of the feet
     
    As they progress they will start with the basics – starting with the 1st and 2nd positions (out of the 5 -6 feet and arm positions). Learning the basics will help with turn(-ing feet) out and flexibility, before progressing on to higher grades where they will learn 3rd, Open 4th, Closed 4th and 5th  , which are harder to do without learning to turn the legs out. They all help to develop balance, core strength, flexibility and posture.
     
    Ballet –En Pointe
     
    Pointe shoes
     
    Usually children will have been dancing for some time and are around 14-16 years old before their dance teacher will start to teach them how to dance on their toes – En Pointe. They need to be able to perform the basics well and their bones and muscles need to be sufficiently developed to cope with dancing on their toes. Their muscles and bones need to be strong to be able to hold the body weight up on their toes without it causing pressure around the ankles. Some may be younger but their dance teacher will decide when they are ready.
     
    (To see if you have the strength – rise up on demi-pointe in 1st position off the barre and hold for about 10 seconds. Your body should feel lifted and steady; – you shouldn’t be rocking or swaying as this means your strength needs more work before going En pointe, so that you don’t get any injuries!)
     
    Great Exercise
     
    Learning to ballet dance is also an excellent form of exercise, helping to improve the skeletal and muscular system, which is something that many professional sportsmen and women work very hard to achieve.
     
    Developing their core strength will also help your child to enjoy and be better at other sports and activities too, and if your child is active when they’re young, they’re much more likely to maintain a good level of fitness throughout their adult life.
     
    Active children are also more likely to develop healthier eating habits.
     
    Life Skill Benefits
     
    ballet chat
     
    For many children, ballet has a positive influence on their self-esteem and confidence, especially as they develop into teenagers and young adults.
     
    Ballet classes are also a great place for your child to develop social and interpersonal skills; for example, they’ll take part in group work usually taking turns and sharing their ideas. Working like this with their classmates at such an early age will help them develop and build relationships and natural team work.
     
    Ballet classes can also help with mental health, especially at time of stress such as during school, college/University exams.
     
    Their time in classes can help them to have break and to let off steam away from busy or pressurised environments, just enjoying an hour or 2 where they can feel free and express how they feel in their dancing.
     
    What Do I Need?
     
    If your child is thinking of starting ballet classes, you will need to buy them basic dancewear such as a ballet leotard and ballet shoes & tights.  But don’t worry, it can all be bought for relatively little. It’s a good idea to purchase from a specialist dance shop rather than a general retailer as they’ll be able to offer you specialist advice about what dancewear your child needs.
     
    Dance Gear is run by dancers for dancers and are experts in providing dance wear with over 40 years’ experience. For more information about our extensive range of dancewear and shoes, why not take a look at our website https://www.dancegear.co.uk.
     
    We’ll also be happy to help you choose the best items for your child and we offer a no hassle exchange or refund if you’re not happy with anything.
     

  • The Greatest Dancer Show 1

    James Clifton & Cheryl Cole on the Greatest DancerJames Clifton & Cheryl Cole on the Greatest Dancer

    The new show ‘The Greatest Dancer’ debuted last Saturday which we here thought was fantastic. It featured all dancing styles including tap dancing which we really enjoyed. How nice it was seeing it being portrayed in a modern and contemporary way by TJ and Hamish.
     
    If you didn’t manage to see the programme, we really recommend you should take the opportunity and view via the BBC iPlayer.
     
    Yassaui Mergaliyev - Greatest Dancer Yassaui Mergaliyev ballet dances to La Esmerelda by Cesare Pugni

    The audience deciding on their fate of the performers with a minimum of 75% required in order to open the doors allowing them onto the stage and the judges and audience beyond.
     
    Series 1: Episode 1 featured Frobacks (Street), KLA Latin Formation (Latin), Yassaui Mergaliyev (Ballet), Dee Dee Wilde and Pan’s Fans (Disco), D’relle West (Voguing), James Clifton (Freestyle) Ellie (Contemporary) Urban Jokers (Street) TJ & Hamish (Tap) Andrew (Freestyle)
     
    Andrew - The Greatest Dancer Inspiring dancer Andrew gets a standing ovation!

    If the judges thought that the act was technically good the audience still has the power to allow each act to progress, or be sent home, this was the case with Yassaui Mergaliyev.
     
    Having that other vital ingredient such as the X factor or however you what to interpret it, such as connection with the audience, originality, timing and so on.
     
    Great show the BBC, a big thumb’s up from Dance Gear.
     

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