What Is A Perfect Ballerina Body?

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Are you a ballet dancer who is thinking about taking ballet dancing to the next level as a possible career? Are you wondering if you have the perfect ballerina body type for this?

As you probably already know, ballet is a visual art, and the more aesthetically pleasing your body is the better you will look on the stage. A lot of companies take this into consideration when hiring their dancers.

First, let me say that I truly believe that whatever you put your mind to, and if you become completely focussed on that goal, you can achieve it. This article is just highlighting some of the centuries-old beliefs as to what constitutes an ideal physique for a ballet dancer. If you are lucky enough to own the perfect ballet physique, you are halfway there already.perfect ballerina body

The Perfect Ballerina Body

It is well recognized that a ballet dancer MUST possess a physique that can be trained to the finest degree of coordination combined with complete flexibility, endurance, and great strength from head to toe. A lot of this obviously boils down to having the right genetics.

In spite of this all-important fact, some students train till well on into their teens before being defeated by some physical characteristic which undoubtedly existed at ten years old but was overlooked or ignored by their trainers at that time.

So what is the perfect ballerina body, you ask?

Ideally, a ballerina will have a small head, long neck, long arms, long legs, and a slender figure. But this isn’t the only thing to look at when auditioning a dancer, as very few great dancers fall within all those parameters.

Well, most experts agree that your body’s proportions are critical to having an ideal physique.

Apart from aesthetic considerations, a well-proportioned body will weather the stresses and strains of the exacting work required of it with greater ease than one in which there is some disparity in the relative length for instance, of limbs to torso, of width to length of the body, or of the relative size of shoulders to hips and so on.

Unlike the musician, the ballet dancer cannot tune their instrument by lengthening or shortening their strings, increasing or decreasing the tension until the exact pitch is achieved. In the world of ballet dancing, your body is your instrument. It is infinitely complicated and it becomes your servant only after many years of desperately hard training.

At best it becomes an instrument of great beauty, but it will fall short of this if it is endowed with that extra inch here or too short a length there to fall into that perfection of line and form that the art demands. In the well-informed, well-proportioned physique there is less likelihood of muscles thickening in unwanted places, and less proneness to the minor and sometimes major mishaps caused by the effort to overcome obstacles that are inherent in the build of your body.

The neckline is important, rather more on aesthetic grounds than from an anatomical point of view. To conform to the ideal physique the neck should not be too square, and above all not too short; the head should not be disproportionately large nor too small.

The perfect ballerina body embodies a perfect balance between the upper and lower halves of the body. A good guide for the best proportions may be taken from ancient Greece where the length from the crown of the head to the pubic arch or fork is equal to that from the fork to the ground. Following the same pattern, the length from the fork to the lower border of the knee cap should be equal to that from the lower border of the knee cap to the ground.

According to the classical tradition, the shoulders of the man are broader than the hips, in the woman they are somewhat narrower. Here we diverge somewhat, for it has been found by experience that the ideal ballet figure is the better for some slight extra width across the shoulders, whether male or female.perfect ballerina body

Limbs are next on the list. Pretty arms and hands are naturally an asset; extra arm length or lack of it is not really a problem, but for the lower limbs the standard of beauty is set high. The ideal leg will of course be straight and shapely, showing little or no muscular development when standing, with a smooth line from the back view, and knees which do not protrude too much from the front.

There will be a straight line down the center of the thigh, through the center of the knee, down the front of the leg to about the middle of the foot. The foot will be flexible, showing at least a potential arch. With toes of medium length only and preferably with the first two or three approximating the same length.

Finally, the perfect candidate will have an upright carriage and well-poised head.

In reality, the ideal physique for a female classical dancer is slim, with a long neck, a shortish to medium length torso, long legs with complimentary long arms and high insteps. The height requirements of dancers are really designated by the ballet companies hiring.

Misty Copeland is one of the world’s best dancers at the moment, and she has been criticized over and over in the past about not having the perfect ballerina body, but look how far she has come through sheer guts and determination.

So even though there is the perfect ballerina body that is a guideline as to how you should look to dance professionally, there have been countless great ballerina’s in the past who have fallen short of some of these and have still had wonderful careers. One great example of this was Olga Preobazhenska.

The good news is that everyone can enjoy their ballet classes and dancing, no matter what their body shape is. Ballet is there for everyone to enjoy.

Hopefully, this gives you a little insight into some age-old views on the physique of ballet dancers in the art of ballet dancing.

How To Use Zoom Video Conferencing To Teach Dancing

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In this article, I would like to look at Zoom and how to use Zoom Video Conferencing to teach your dance classes.

I teach various dance forms, and some classes are easier to teach than others. I find that ballet works best, followed by contemporary dance. Hip hop is difficult because of the speed, and stretch and strengthen classes work really well because you don’t need to move too much.

As dance teachers, we are living in weird and unprecedented times. If you, as a dance teacher, have like most of the world been in quarantine, then you have by now no doubt experimented with teaching your pupils online in an attempt to keep them dancing and moving forward while they are not allowed in a studio environment.

So while the virus is spreading across the world, we have to completely reinvent how we deliver our classes.

I have been doing online teaching with varying degrees of success on Zoom and although it is not ideal, it is definitely better than nothing.

So now as we as dance teachers are trying to embrace the new normal which is virtual teaching for most of us, let’s look at how to use Zoom Video Conferencing as a tool to deliver our online classes. As far as I can gather from various teachers groups that I belong to, Zoom seems to be the most popular choice for dance teachers, and not surprisingly as it is easy to use for both the teachers and the pupils.

So even for those of us who don’t have any talents when it comes to the technological, here is a breakdown of how you can be successful using Zoom Video Conferencing as a tool to teach your dancing classes.

How To Use Zoom Video Conferencing App

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Let’s Get Started

First of all you need to download the app. I use Zoom on my IPad, but I think a laptop would be even better as the screen is bigger. As long as the device that you choose has a built-in camera and microphone. Go to zoom.us to join up. Write down your user name and password, so you don’t forget it.

You can use the app for free, but I found the free version a bit cumbersome as you can only do 40 minutes at a time. I opted to do the monthly $14.99 which enables me to run classes of unlimited length. There is a limit of 100 pupils in the class at the same time, but my classes are mostly small so this isn’t an issue.

This works well for me as I have a code and password for each day. I stay logged in and the children get put in a waiting room as they arrive until I let them in at the time that their class starts. This eliminates the need to log in with a new password for each class, and you can let your classes run as long as you like.

Once you have your Zoom account sorted you will see options when you open the app:

  • New Meeting
  • Join
  • Schedule
  • Share Screen

You can use the Zoom App or work through the website at zoom.us to set up and hold your classes. I find using the app far easier.

I started off by scheduling my classes and then sending out the invite links to all my students. The system pretty much takes you through how to schedule your classes.

Once your classes are scheduled, you simply go to meetings on the sidebar of your Zoom App and you can simply press start to start the class from the choice on your list.

I strongly advise you to make use of the password and maybe have a different one for each day to make your classes that much more secure. You can always schedule a new class if you feel you need to with a new password if you feel unwanted people are getting access to your classes.

Also, make sure you enable your waiting room. In this way your pupils have to wait there until you let them into the class, otherwise, you will have lots of interruptions during your classes. Once you are ready for the next class you simply click on participants and admit them all.

The Zoom Video Conferencing App also gives you the opportunity to pre-record your classes if you need to. I haven’t used this option yet, as I prefer to chat with my students face to face. If you click on the three dots you can choose where you want to save your meeting for later use.

If you want to record your meeting you would need to click new meeting and then it will start recording you. Make sure that your audio and video are both turned on by clicking on the icons at the bottom left of the Zoom Video Conferencing App screen.

Once you are happy that your lighting, background, and audio all seem to be working properly click the record button and choose where you would like to save it on your device or on the cloud.

You will have some cloud storage included with your Zoom account, but this gets used up quickly so it is not always ideal.

While you are recording you can hit the pause button so that you can stop gather yourself or find new music and then hit resume to continue where you left off.

The entire video will begin to save once you have ended the meeting by pushing the ‘end’ button.

Did you know that there is a setting in the preferences > video which can touch up the appearance of your face and make you look better, softer, and slightly retouched? This is great for those of us who are self-conscious about getting in front of that camera to record.

Other Settings

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Down under settings, there are a few other things you can do besides touch up your appearance to improve your overall experience with Zoom.

You can mute participants in the call by selecting ‘manage participants’ from the bottom of the screen. This allows you to mute and unmute and turn the video on or off for any given participant.

You can also achieve this by hovering over their video screen and selecting those options from the blue menu at the top right of your screen. This especially helps if you have a big class of younger children. Sometimes all the background noises in their houses or them all trying to talk to you at once can be overwhelming, so in this case, it is best to mute them or ask them to mute themselves.

By clicking on the grid icon, you can change the way that you view your class. You could choose to make your screen big and your participants smaller or make everyone smaller to fit on your screen.

On my Ipad, I can fit eight at a time onto my screen view. If I have eight in a class I simply toggle until I am gone and then all my students show on the screen without me having to scroll from page to page. I tell them to let me know if they can’t see me, as I won’t be able to check my screen to see if I can still be viewed while demonstrating.

If I have a private lesson, I simply make myself smaller and my student big so I can see her better.

You need to make sure that you step well away from the screen so that your pupils can see your entire body when you are demonstrating so you need to set up your screen before class to allow for this. It thus helps to have a room that is quite long to teach in, as the further you go away from the screen, the more you can move around and stay in the screenshot.

I haven’t used the screen sharing either yet, but you may find it useful if you want to show a video to your pupils.

During the meeting, click the green ‘share screen’ button. You will be given a selection of screens to choose from. If you have a video with sound you will need to click on ‘share computer sound’ so that the sound for the video plays through as well as the video.

The main downside that I find when I teach on Zoom is the delay. If I play my music, my students always only hear it about two seconds later so they always look like they are dancing out of time with the music, and sometimes you have eight bodies all dancing at different times, so it can be difficult to watch.

All the best with your online dance classes teachers. We are all in this together, and who knows it could be a new way of attracting students to your studio for the future that stay in remote places and can’t get to a class. The possibilities of technology are endless.

Defining The Dance Choreographer

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The dance choreographer plays one of the most important roles in a dance company.  It is his or her job to put together a new ballet, piece of work or performance.  The dance choreographer is the one who comes up with the ideas for the ballets, creates the steps, arranges for the design of the costumes, and has even been known to commission the music.

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A dance choreographer can even be called upon to do a production such as this

On some occasions, he will be responsible for arranging or choreographing the steps, whether he be working on a ballet, musical or even a show for television.  The job of a choreographer is very rewarding, and you don’t need to be a wonderful dancer to be a great choreographer.  Choreographers can expect to get all sorts and types of job offers.  George Balanchine once had a job choreographing steps for circus elephants. Imagine that!

In the sixteenth century, all the ballet masters were also the choreographers, and often created the steps, but today the ballet master is the person who teaches the dancers in their daily classes and keeps them in top form for their ballet dancing roles.  The choreographper has his own role to fill.

The choreographers work these days involves the inventing of different combinations, as well as organising the work of his collaborators, the designers, musicians and lighting technicians.  Ideally he should be able to blend all of the above to create a successful production.

If a choreographer is asked to produce a new version of an existing piece, he has liscense to rearrange and keep only a little of the original choreography.  In a lot of the great classics, this has been the case, and in some of them like for instance The Nutcracker, there is very little of the original choreography left in the ballet.

The choreographer may also be asked to produce an original work for a company.  He may already have some music in mind to inspire him, or he may be given a piece to work with.  He might have to ask a composer to write him a good piece to go with the story.  A lot of good music has been written on order. Sleeping Beauty was one of the ballets that Tchaikovsky wrote from very detailed notes that Marius Petipa sent him.  It did not stop Tchaikovsky from producing the most wonderful score.

It is not always necessary for the choreographer to have the music before starting work on the steps. Many ballets have been choreographed while the music was still being written.  An example of this is the ballet written for Baryshnikov, The Young Man and Death.  This ballet was originally rehearsed to jazz music, but at the last minute performed to a very powerful piece by Bach.

Dancers themselves have often inspired choreographers with their dancing, personalities or both. Frederick Ashton created many wonderful works for Margot Fonteyn. Kenneth Macmillan, and on the other hand chose Lynn Seymour as his perfect ballerina.

So don’t fret if you haven’t got the perfect feet for ballet, if you have some imagination, perhaps you will be the next big choreographer.

Creative Dance Arts And Why It Should Be Done As A Subject

creative dance artsWhat Are Creative Dance Arts?

Creative dance arts is not a formal dance form like ballet, modern or hip hop, it is just a natural way of moving and expressing ourselves.

If you think about it, from the moment of birth to the very last breath that we make, we all have the need to move in order to function. We also need to move to express ourselves and communicate with others. How a person moves in his or her everyday activities is an expression and manifestation of who they are. That flow of movement through one’s life is known as one’s own personal ‘dance of life.’

Of all the arts, dance and particularly creative dance arts is suited to individual personalities and individual growth. Creative dance arts help to develop the body, develop the imagination and deepens and refine one’s emotional nature.

Creative dance arts are based on artistic expression and the idea that if you can think, feel and move, then you can dance. You don’t need to be a good dancer to experience creative dance. Creative dance is about movement, developing your own ideas and expressing yourself through movement. Teachers of creative dance classes need to help their students discover their own resources through suggestions and not show them what to do or how to do it.

Many people have never been exposed to creative dance arts, so they are blocked from free harmonious expression by their own self-consciousness.

Why Is Learning Creative Dance So Important In Schools?

By using dance, children can learn more about themselves and what motivates themselves and others. Movement is common to all people, regardless of language and cultural barriers.

Creative dance is uniquely suited to social interaction and healing activities. Creative dance arts provide a vehicle for developing trust and understanding others better. It celebrates the uniqueness and the diversity of humanity. If we are brought up in an environment that does not allow us to express natural aggression, then it gets suppressed, only to come out later in a destructive form, which can lead to violence towards others or yourselves.

Creative dance arts is a vehicle for healing and transformation, especially in deprived youngsters, and encourages dance them to participate in a way that differs from any other vehicle of learning.

Aims and Outcomes From Learning Creative Dance Arts

Creative dance must aim to integrate the physical (body), intellect (mind), emotions (feelings) and spiritual aspects to produce a well balanced and adjusted individual.

Creative dance arts needs to develop the innate human potential for creative expression that is everyone’s birthright.

Dance should develop the body as an instrument for communication and expression of one’s feelings.

Dance helps to teach one how to understand your body, care for it, understand posture and to use the body effectively.

Dance teaches one about personal space and shared space, and also about respecting the space of others.

Dance teaches self-control and self-discipline, which are invaluable lessons for life.creative dance arts

Creative dance teaches one about being innovative, experimental and resourceful.

Dance helps to develop self-esteem, as you lose your self-consciousness by trying new and strange things.

Some Basic Examples Of Creative Dance Arts Activities For Teachers To Try

Running as fast as you can and freezing helps to establish control. Practice this many times adding changes of levels and shapes. Add in jumps. Try running backwards without crashing into one another.

Place a hoop a person spaced around the floor. Fun very fast amongst the hoops without touching them. When the music stops, freeze inside a hoop. Next, remove some of the hoops. Run with the hands clasped behind backs and when the music stops release the hands and freeze surrounding the hoop. Then try running backwards without touching each other or the hoops and when the music stops freeze inside the hoop. If any part of the body is outside the hoop they sit out. There may be more than once person in a hoop.

Each person takes a hoop and uses it as an extension of their bodies. See how many ways you can get them to move with the hoop.

Work in groups and make shapes with your bodies and the hoops. Now move into another shape staying together.

Explore everyday activities such as swinging, jumping, stretching, twisting, reaching, swaying, shaking and collapsing. Provide a rhythm with a percussive instrument and call out words and let each pupil experiment with each action.

Now let them work out a sequence using four of these words in groups.

Sound out names and find a simple movement of pattern to express the name. For example, Steven could be sounded out as Steeeee vin with a long stretching movement followed by a short staccato one. This is a great way for everyone to learn the names of their classmates.

Imagine that you are a balloon or plastic bag. As someone blows you up you get bigger and bigger until you pop.

Join one part of the body to another, like your elbow and your knee and find ways in which to travel or make different poses.

Draw figures of eight in the air with different parts of your body.

Stand to face a partner and decide who the leader is. The leader places his or her hands up in front as if on a mirror. The partner places his or her hands on the leader’s hands. The leader briskly and sharply keeps changing the position of his or her hands while the partner tries to keep the hands in contact. After a few minutes swap around.

Work in partners and explore movement while keeping one body part attached to each other at all times.

Explore different types of running and walking. Run as if being chased, then run like you are on a fragile frozen lake. Walk in slow motion. Run in gumboots.

Make a circle. One person runs to the centre and makes a shape. The next person does the same but makes a shape attached to the first person until all are involved. Then keeping the shape try to bounce before returning to the circle.

The teacher plays the drum and the students do movements in time to the rhythm.

Include some basic technique in the class, like how to sit up tall, or how to jump by bending the knees on take off and landing, without twisting the knees. This helps them to protect their bodies and be safe.

Also include some basic stretches at the end of the class in the form of a cool down, as this will also encourage flexibility.

Some Teaching Hints for Teachers

  • Alternate noisy and energetic activities with more soothing and quite ones.
  • Use an accompaniment to help with structure, like a tambourine, drum or whistle.
  • Allow laughter, as it is an expression of enjoyment and a release of tension. If a class becomes too wild, you many need to do some quiet time like lying on backs and closing eyes.
  • Make your instructions clear and brief and don’t give too many instructions at once. Use very few words, because if you explain things over and over, children will not listen the first time.
  • Create an atmosphere with the use of your voice, body and the music.
  • Make sure each student understands your instructions.
  • Always finish the class on a positive note.
  • Don’t say find a partner, rather say turn to the person closest to you to avoid feelings of rejection.
  • If a child is being disruptive, stand next to him or her with your hand gently on their shoulder as you talk to the class.
  • Never ridicule or threaten a child, and never show one child up in front of another. Deal with individual discipline problems privately.
  • Do not confuse creativity with freedom. Dance class must still be structured. Avoid asking students to dance freely with no guidance or directions, because they become self-conscious if they run out of ideas.

More Resources For Teachers of Creative Dance Arts

Dance Teacher Career Information – Pros and the Cons

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dance teacher career informationIf you are deciding whether or not you want to be a teacher of dance, here is some dance teacher career information you may find interesting.

As a teacher of dance myself, I find it both an enjoyable and rewarding career. It has many ups and downs, just like any job, and sometimes it is not easy to summon the energy required to get through the day, but overall, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

If you are running your own dance school, be prepared to give up a lot of your personal time, as there is always work to do, whether it is choreographing new dances, finding inspiring music, learning and revising the ever changing syllabus work and of course the mundane tasks like invoicing your students and doing the company books.

Sometimes you will need to deal with difficult students, and even difficult parents. You will also need an abundance of patience to teach dance. Just because you have been doing it for years and find it easy, doesn’t mean that your pupils will find it easy. Here goes your dance teacher career information…..

What Does It Take To Be A Great Dance Teacher?

dance teacher career informationTo be a good teacher, you need to be able to pass on your knowledge to others and get on well with all walks of life ranging from small children to adults. Some teachers are great dancers but don’t necessarily have the patience to impart their knowledge. Others may not be the best dancers but make excellent teachers.

In order to become a dance teacher, you do not have to have been a professional dancer, but you need to have passed all your own dancing exams up to the advanced levels.

You will need to love working with children, as they will make up the majority of your client base.

Dance teachers need to have a good eye so that they can spot problems and faults in their pupils and correct them before they become bad habits.

You need to be highly organized and time driven. You need to be able to meet deadlines.

The Ideal Teacher for Ballet Dancing should possess the following Qualities:

  1. Credentials from a recognized institution, a professional school, company or college.
  2. Some professional experience, although not always necessary.
  3. A patient but not pampering attitude.
  4. Comfort with the material you need to teach, and an ability to organize the material logically and appropriately for each age group.
  5. An ability to inspire a feeling of purpose and excitement amongst his or her pupils.
  6. A critical eye for making appropriate criticism in an encouraging manner.
  7. An ability to maintain concentration and discipline at all times.
  8. Above all, a love for the experience of dance, and an unselfish desire to see the students improve.

Dance Teacher Career Information – The Good and The Bad

It is not all roses and performing on the stage, and like any career, teaching dancing has its pros and cons.  Here I have listed a couple of them.

Pros:

  1. You get to choose your own working hours, and also how long you want to work for each day. This is ideal for those who have young families to look after or second jobs.
  2. You get to dictate your own fees and control your own earnings. The sky is the limit.
  3. You get to do something that you are passionate about each and every day.
  4. It is rewarding to see your pupils achieve and improve over time, and some of them even grow up within the dance studio.
  5. It is a very creative career choice as you get to create every day.
  6. You get more leave than most people, as you normally take leave when the schools close.
  7. There is lots of room for growth and the career possibilities are endless. You could eventually examine, or you could teach other teachers to become teachers.  You could also be invited to judge events and do workshops in other cities.  Another option is to choreograph other teachers dances for them for a fee.

Cons:

  1. Dancing is considered a luxury by most parents, so when times are bad, dancing classes are the first thing that people will cut back on.
  2. Most dancing teachers can only teach in the afternoon, due to children being at school in the mornings, so you may need to work quite late to fit all your classes in.
  3. It requires quite a lot of energy to teach, so you can’t afford to be sick, have a bad day or worse sustain a bad injury.
  4. You lay yourself open to criticism from parents, pupils, and the public, and so you have to be quite tough sometimes and not let negativity get to you.
  5. You need a lot of space to teach dance, so rentals can be a bit high. It is also challenging when hiring from schools and church halls, as they sometimes cancel on you at the last minute.
  6. You need to have good business management skills, or the admin work will get you down. If you can afford it, I strongly recommend you hire somebody to do this task, which will leave you free for teaching-related tasks.
  7. You also need to be super organized and stay on top of things at all times.
  8. Studying to become a dance teacher can take several years, and is not cheap. But then again neither is going to University.
  9. Once you are qualified, you will need to continue with your professional development by doing update courses on an ongoing basis. There are always new things to learn, and you need to keep on top of the latest developments.

I trust that this dance teacher career information has helped you make some important decisions. Please leave your comments below if you have any questions or anything else to add.

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A Day In The Life Of A Ballerina

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a day in the life of a ballerinaGirls who dance while they are growing up often dream of becoming professional dancers. But this career choice isn’t for everyone and here we are going to look at a day in the life of a ballerina.

In order to become a dancer professionally, you must absolutely live for your dancing. You won’t have much of a social life, and you will have to forgo many of the pleasures of life, and unless you really love dancing you will feel as though you are missing out on a lot.

George Balanchine put it well when he said, “I don’t want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance.”

A Day in the Life of a Ballerina

The life of a professional ballet dancing is extremely hard. You need to have loads of self-discipline and endless patience with yourself as you fight with your body to get perfection of technique. Most people think that the life of a ballet dancer is all glamour and tutus, but they don’t see what goes on behind the scenes to make ballet dancing look so effortless.

A day in the life of a ballerina normally starts between 09H00 and 09H30 with ballet class, which has to be taken every day in order to keep spot on with that technique. This class could last anywhere from an hour to three hours. The body has to be finely tuned in order to stay toned and strong.  Each and every muscle in the body must be constantly strengthened and stretched.  Technique always needs perfecting, and balance always needs work.

The rest of the day is spent rehearsing for the next production you are appearing in. If you don’t have a performance in the evening, you could wrap up at around 18H30. If you do have a performance, you could wrap up at 16H00, go have a quick rest then back to the theatre until 23H00 by the time you have showered and changed.

a day in the life of a ballerinaDancers normally leave the theatre on a high, because of the excitement of the evening performance, so by the time they get to sleep it could be well after midnight. Most dancers say that being on the stage is like a drug, and this is what keeps them going with this gruelling routine.

On top of this, dancers have to deal with many injuries, sore feet being top of the list.

The next day the show goes on, no matter how sore or tired your body is feeling.

For ballet dancers. it is always a battle with the scale, as ballerinas can’t get too heavy as a fat ballerina is not visually appealing. Your body is your instrument, and you need to make sure it has a healthy diet at all times to keep up with the demands of the profession. If you can’t do without your daily chocolate fix, or you put on weight very easily, then maybe the life of a dancer just isn’t for you.

A professional ballet dancers life is all about dance and nothing else.  There is simply no time for anything else.  You are basically married in a sense to your career.  Most people would not be able to do this, and it takes a very dedicated person to live this type of lifestyle.

Dancing is not an extremely well-paid profession unless you are at the top of the pyramid. In most cases the love of their art makes it all worthwhile for them.

If you think a day in the life of a ballerina is something you are suited to, do it while you are young, before you even think of getting married or starting a family as the life of a professional ballet dancer is all consuming.

Dance Career Opportunities – What If I Am Not a Good Enough Dancer?

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As you probably know, it takes a lot to make it as a dancer, especially a ballet dancer.  But did you know that there are many more Dance Career Opportunities that are on offer for those that don’t have those perfect ballet bodies, or the skills to match.

A lot of dancers would love a dance career, but don’t get accepted into any of the major dance companies.  The competition is stiff, and only the best of the best make it into the most prestigious companies.

It is a difficult life floating from audition to audition and hoping that you can get work, as a free lance dancer, unless you have a good support system.

Here are some other great opportunities for dancers, and the best part is that these jobs are all related to dance or  to the performing arts.

With these jobs you won’t necessary be in the limelight, as they are more the unsung hero type jobs.dance career opportunities

So, What Other Dance Career Opportunities Can I Do?

Here is a list of jobs that you could do, and you will enjoy as a lover of the arts, and a trained dancer.

  • Dance Teacher or Mistress in a company.
  • Swing – A person who understudies several roles in an ensemble.
  • Armourer – Maintains all the props and prop weapons.
  • Chaperone – Looking after child actors in a show.
  • Dance Captain – Oversea the dancers and maintain the choreography.
  • Choreographer
  • Dresser – Helps the performers with costume changes.
  • Fight Director – choreographs stage fights.
  • Flyperson – operates scenery from high above the stage.
  • Prompter – Follows the text and reminds the actors of any lines they forget.
  • Rigger – In charge of hanging scenery.
  • Benish Notator – Writes out the dance choreography in Benish Notation.
  • Costume Manager
  • Costume Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Company Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Dancing or choreographing on a ship.
  • Pianist – If you can play the piano, dance schools are always looking for good pianists.