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4S Dance Academy

San Diego, CA 92127
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4S Dance Academy is a San Diego dance school that is committed to providing its students with a high-quality, hands-on, and personalized training experience in a fun, nurturing, and friendly environment. The school was founded in 2010 and has since provided ballet classes as well as tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary dance classes. 4S Dance Academy offers a free trial class.

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Ballet Institute of San Diego, LLC

San Diego, CA 92120
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Ballet Institute of San Diego, LLC is a prestigious ballet school that is composed of internationally-renowned instructors who are committed to providing students with the highest quality of training and personalized ballet lessons. The school offers classical and contemporary ballet classes for beginners to professional level ballet dancers. Ballet Institute of San Diego, LLC's students and their parents commend the school for its unique style and passionate approach to teaching.

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Coronado Academy of Dance

Coronado, CA 92118
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Coronado Academy of Dance is a top-rated dance school that has been serving the Coronado area for over 18 years. It offers quality dance classes such as dance fundamentals, tap dance, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, ballet classes, and more. Coronado Academy of Dance was recognized as one of the Best of Coronado in 2013, 2015, and 2016 by Coronado Lifestyle Readers' Poll.

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Danceology Performing Arts Campus

San Diego, CA 92127
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Danceology Performing Arts Campus is a prestigious dance school in San Diego, CA composed of experienced and award-winning dance instructors. The school offers a wide variety of dance lessons for students of all ages and levels, ranging from classical ballet classes to adaptive dance programs. Danceology Performing Arts Campus is committed to providing its students with professional dance lessons in a fun, nurturing, and family-oriented environment.

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Inspire School of Ballet

Chula Vista, CA 91914
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Inspire School of Ballet of Chula Vista, CA strives to educate and inspire its students through the art and discipline of classical ballet. Its team of professional and experienced instructors conducts ballet classes as well as jazz, tap, and musical theater classes for all ages and levels in a fun and nurturing environment. Inspire School of Ballet also offers convenient payment plans and a free trial class.

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Love to Dance, Inc

San Diego, CA 92130
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Love to Dance, Inc is a dance studio in San Diego, CA that is composed of professional and passionate dance instructors who are dedicated to producing well-rounded and world-class dancers in the community. The school offers comprehensive and easy-to-learn dance programs for students of all ages and levels in a fun and nurturing environment. Dance classes include contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and ballet. Love to Dance, Inc also offers discounts to students who pay early, in full, and in cash.

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Music and the Mirror Balletcenter West

San Diego, CA 92103
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Music and the Mirror Balletcenter West has been providing quality ballet classes for toddlers, teens, and adults as well as children with autism in the San Diego area for many years. Its team of compassionate and knowledgeable ballet instructors uses French and Vaganova teaching methods to help improve each students' technical skills and stamina as well as their dancing techniques, placement, line, and style. Music and the Mirror Balletcenter West strives to provide the highest quality of training and discipline to its students in a fun and nurturing environment.

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North County Classical Ballet

Carlsbad, CA 92011
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North County Classical Ballet is a Carlsbad-based dance studio that provides ballet lessons for students of all ages and levels using the Vaganova method. It offers a wide range of ballet classes, including preparatory ballet, academy ballet, adult ballet, boys ballet, and private lessons. The school also offers choreography services for gymnastics, figure skating, ballet competition, and modern ballet. North County Classical Ballet is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to its students while inspiring them with the art of classical ballet.

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Scripps Performing Arts Academy

San Diego, CA 92131
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Scripps Performing Arts Academy is a state-of-the-art training facility in San Diego, CA that provides high-quality and professional ballet classes for students of all ages and levels. Its team of knowledgeable and talented instructors is also experienced in conducting theater and musical arts classes. Students and parents have commended Scripps Performing Arts Academy for its passionate and hands-on approach to teaching.

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Signature Dance Academy

Poway, CA 92064
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Signature Dance Academy is a Poway-based dance studio that is dedicated to providing easy-to-learn and affordable dance classes for students of all ages and levels in a fun environment. Dance classes include lyrical and contemporary, cheer dance, turns and leaps, tap, jazz, and ballet. Signature Dance Academy also offers multi-student and sibling discounts.

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Starlight Dance Studio

San Diego, CA 92115
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Starlight Dance Studio is a dance studio in San Diego, CA that provides professional and easy-to-learn dance lessons for students of all ages and levels at affordable rates. Its team of world-renowned dance instructors conducts a variety of dance classes, such as ballroom, salsa, American and Argentine tango, ballet, and more. Starlight Dance Studio also offers a discount for group classes and pre-payment options as well as special offers.

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Studio Flo Pilates

San Diego, CA 92110
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Studio Flo Pilates is a dance studio in San Diego, CA that is known for using the Pilates method to teach ballet. It offers a comprehensive and health-conscious approach and provides ballet classes to ensure the well-being of every student. Studio Flo Pilates has been recognized by the San Diego A-List as the Best Pilates Studio in San Diego in 2016.

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Tap Fever Studios

San Diego, CA 92109
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Tap Fever Studios is a dance studio in San Diego, CA that provides dance lessons for students of all ages and levels, as well as students physical disabilities. It offers a wide variety of dance classes, including contemporary, tap and cardio tap, jazz, hip-hop, and ballet classes. Tap Fever Studios also offers scholarships for dancers with disabilities, college students, and families with low income.

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Youth Arts Academy

San Diego, CA 92130
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Youth Arts Academy is a performing arts school in San Diego, CA that takes pride in providing its students with the highest quality of training in a fun and child-friendly environment. Its team of knowledgeable and experienced dance instructors offers dance classes such as tap, hip hop, and ballet classes for students ages 2 to 13 years old. Youth Arts Academy also offers music, acting, and photography lessons.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Ballet is an intense and beautiful sport. It can help people learn how to be more creative, as well as become physically stronger. And while most people who intend to become professional ballerinas start at a young age, people can take up ballet at any time. To learn ballet, you'll have to take professional lessons at a ballet studio, either privately or as part of a class. Of course, if you've never taken dance lessons before, you may be uncertain about how to decide which studio to choose. Keep reading for answers to the most common questions about ballet classes, so you can make an informed decision when selecting a studio.

What is ballet?

Ballet is an artistic dance form characterized by light, fluid, graceful, and precise movements. Ballet dancers wear pointe shoes that allow them to stand on their toes and twirl. This type of performative dance can tell a story to an audience. Ballet is very technical, often taking people years to master.

Where did ballet originate?

Ballet originated in Italy in the early 1500s. In fact, the word ballet stems from the Italian word "ballare," which means "to dance." Although it originated in Italy, ballet was introduced to the French and Russian courts, where it was really transformed. By 1850, Russia had become the leader in creating and transforming ballet into what it is today.

How long are ballet classes?

The length of a ballet class depends on the student's age. Children aged three to eight will only take a 30-minute to one-hour class. From there, class length increases with age:

  • Nine year-olds take one-hour classes
  • Ten year-olds take one-1.5 hour classes
  • Eleven year-olds take 1.5-hour classes
  • Twelve to eighteen year-olds take 2-hour classes

Can you learn ballet as an adult?

You can absolutely learn ballet as an adult. In fact, ballet is a great way to get physical exercise and increase your strength as an adult. Of course, starting as an adult means it's unlikely you’ll become a professional ballet dancer, but it does mean you can do it for fun!

Can adults learn ballet en pointe?

There's a benefit to learning to dance ballet en pointe in your younger years. As your feet develop, dancing ballet helps ensure they gain the strength, flexibility, and shape to dance en pointe. However, it’s not impossible for adults to learn en pointe. It will just take a lot of time and dedication.

How do I become better at ballet?

Ballet is all about dedication and practice. You should be committed to going to your classes every week (multiple times a week is ideal), warming up before classes, and wearing the right shoes. You can also improve your ballet by staying fit and taking part in other types of physical exercise.

Is ballet dangerous?

Ballet is a form of physical exercise, and like any activity, it can come with an element of danger. Most notably, ballet can cause foot pain, foot injuries, and even permanent foot damage. Additionally, ballet dancers may be susceptible to falling and breaking bones in their arms, legs, ankles, and feet.

Is ballet good exercise for adults?

Yes, as ballet is incredibly intense, it’s a great form of exercise for adults. Ballet is a weight-bearing exercise, so it provides a workout for the entire body. Adults taking ballet classes will burn calories and fat, as well as strengthen their muscles.

What should I wear to ballet class?

Ballet is often about precise and graceful movements, so you don’t want loose clothing getting in the way. Women are encouraged to wear form-fitting leotards, tights, and ballet flats. Men should wear black footed or footless tights, a form-fitting white T-shirt, and ballet shoes.

How do I make a bun for ballet class?

Ballerinas often opt for a bun hairstyle, so their hair is up and out of their face and doesn't distract them. There are various styles of buns, including sock buns, high buns, low buns, etc. You can find tutorials on YouTube that will guide you through making a bun in a style you like.

What should you wear to your first ballet class?

Consider wearing ballet flats, a fitted shirt and leggings to your first class, Once you're sure you want to continue with the classes, you can invest in ballet tights and leotards.

What should you eat before ballet class?

Your body will need fuel for an intense ballet class, but you can't eat too heavy a meal, as you may be spinning and moving around a lot. Instead, opt for calorie-dense food that's not too filling. Some great examples are nuts and seeds, protein bars, granola bars, hummus and crackers, cheese and crackers, and fruit.

How many calories are burned in ballet class?

How many calories you burn during a ballet class depends on various factors, including your body mass index and metabolic rate. However, on average, an individual burns 462 calories during 30 minutes of a ballet class. More calories are burned during ballet classes than with many other types of dance, such as the waltz, samba, and Zumba.

How can I learn ballet at home?

You can try to learn basic ballet at home with video tutorials or virtual lessons from an instructor. However, nothing can replace in-person training where a teacher can adjust your form and show you how to improve. Consider starting with video tutorials and progressing to in-person classes.

Can I make a ballet barre at home?

Yes, you can make a ballet barre at home. You can purchase the supplies a home improvement store and watch a video on how to install the barre at the right height. This barre can help you practice and improve your ballet skills at home.

How much do ballet classes cost?

Ballet classes can vary in cost depending on the student's age, the school's location, the class size, whether it's beginner's or advanced instruction, the school's reputation, and other factors.
In general, you can expect to pay:

  • $40 per class for a toddler
  • $40-$50 per class for a child
  • $50 to $85 per hour, and average of $60 per hour, for an adult class

How much are ballet shoes?

The price of ballet shoes will depend on the brand, quality, and other factors. Typically, a pair of ballet shoes can cost between $45 and $125. However, if you’re purchasing a popular brand, prices are likely on the higher side at $65 to $90, on average. 

Who painted the ballet class?

The ballet class is a famous painting by Edgar Degas. It’s estimated that Degas painted it between 1871 and 1874. The painting was commissioned by Jean-Baptiste Faure and showcased young dancers at the end of a ballet lesson with French master Jules Perrot.

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