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Ballerina - 10 ballet beginner tips to learn at home


Preview by Jack Foley

BRING home the fun-filled animated adventure that follows the story of Félicie, a young orphan who tries to make her craziest dream of being a dancer come true.

To celebrate the release of Ballerina on Digital Download from April 14, 2017 and Blu-ray™ and DVD from April 17, we look at 10 easy tips for aspiring ballerinas to practice at home.

1) A 30 minute stretch at the beginning of each day will help in tremendous ways by getting your body ready.

2) You can use your kitchen counter as a makeshift barre to practice moves such as pliés. But make sure you’re careful!

3) It’s not all about practice; you need to be well nourished as well. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You want to have a lot of energy for your ballerina prep!

4) Use your head! Your imagination can help you create or rehearse almost any performance, plus you can do it from anywhere.

5) You might not have a full length mirror at home, so practice as though you were on stage at the Paris Opera Ballet School like Félicie in Ballerina. Try going through routines without stopping, like the prima ballerinas do!

6) Practice any time you can! Point your toes under your desk, when you are walking down the halls or when you are just brushing your teeth.

7) Try your best but don’t be afraid to fail, it happens! You will only learn from it.

8) Do research. Watch videos or read books about ballet so you become both physically and mentally prepared.

9) Keep a dance journal to note all your favourite dances and moves you come across so you can look back later.

10) Don’t forget to have fun! It’s a lot of work but never lose your love for it!

Ballerina is available on Digital Download from April 14 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD from April 17, 2017, courtesy of Entertainment One.