Everything to know about beginner ballet?

I go to this dance studio, and I’m . I really want to take ballet over the summer, and I never have before. The only things they are offering there over the summer is intermediate and advanced ballet. I haven’t taken beginner yet, so I don’t want to be lost. I don’t know anything about ballet, but I’ve seen it before and tried to copy what the dancers do. I don’t know any names of the stuff, or the proper techniques. What do I need to know about ballet before going into intermediate? I have days. Also, don’t say it’s not enough time, because I will practice every day for as long as I can and I can remember over digits of Pi, so I think I have the memory and dedication to do it. I just need to know what I am supposed to know before going into intermediate! Thanks!

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  • Honestly, this is not a good idea. There are so many components to ballet that practicing on your own before you have had proper instruction can lead to many problems, including injury and knee problems that could last your whole life. Once you learn a move incorrectly, you will have to do that move , times correctly before the correct way is the natural way. Although jumping levels is possible in other dance forms, it is not possible in ballet, and a studio would not allow you to enroll in a class you are not ready for. Many girls take several terms of beginning ballet before they can advance. The technique is just too specific and requires instruction. The studio would probably require you to audition for the advanced class, and without the proper, codified technique, you would not make it through. This is not said to be mean or discouraging and though I wish it were not how ballet is, that’s the truth of the matter. I would speak to the instructors at the studio and see if you could enter a ballet class for the next days, or if there are any other studios offering a class at your level.

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  • It’s not enough time.

    I don’t care if you don’t want to hear it, it’s not enough time. You could take two beginner classes every day for the next days and it still wouldn’t be enough time for you to go up to intermediate. If you try and teach yourself you WILL do it wrong and you WILL get hurt.

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