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Ballet 101 for absolute beginners: How to start.

Anne-Marie Pos-Terlouw, Professional ballet dancer and teacher.

Ballet 101 for absolute beginners: How to start.

Anne-Marie Pos-Terlouw, Professional ballet dancer and teacher.

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4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro ballet 101

    • 2. What you need

    • 3. How to stand

    • 4. How to us your core

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About This Class

It is never too late to start taking up and enjoying ballet! But how to start? 

This class will help you out! It covers 4 lessons, namely

  • The introduction and welcome to the course.
  • What you need.
  • How to stand as a ballet dancer.
  • How to use your core.

This class is the start of a longer course for absolute beginners in ballet. Just to give you background and basic information and make you feel good and confident before you go into a group balletclass.

Everything we discuss you can start doing yourself very easily at home. Should you want to continue with ballet, then I advise you to take up group classes as well. It is important to have a teacher or coach that can see you through your process.

Okay, let's start your ballet journey and have fun together! 

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Anne-Marie Pos-Terlouw

Professional ballet dancer and teacher.


Hello, I'm Anne-Marie. 

I am an enthousiastic, cultural entrepreneur with love for dance, music and theatre. 

My profession is teaching ballet (Russian Vaganova method), and especially to (young) adults of all levels.

Recently more and more adults are starting with taking up ballet. The community of adult ballet dancers is growing and growing. And that is why I am here. To teach you ballet. Because it is never too late.

Do you want to join? You can. Let's start!

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1. Intro ballet 101: Hi and welcome to this course ballet 101 for complete beginners. My name is Anne Marie Pulse, and I am certified a professional ballet dancer and ballet teacher for over 20 years. So you are in good hands. Did you always want to start ballet? But you didn't have the opportunity. And now you're older. Now you're in luck because there is, of course, right here to tell you to teach you to practice the basics. And that is exactly what I'm gonna do. In this course, we will start obviously weird how to stand because it's a different way and understanding are waiting for the bus, for instance. You have specific groups off muscles. You have to initiate and set to have a really fixed and really strong core muscles and then be able to use and dance with the legs and the head and the arms really softly smooth way, but keeping the core really strong. So we're going to practice that and I will explain you how to do that. Which muscles to use. Of course. I think that you already know you've seen a lot of ballet. So you know that about a dancer's do not dance in a parallel position, but they have Teoh feet and their legs Turned out this is practical practicality because imagine this. If you are turned in, you kind of block your way of mobility. If you turn out, you have a whole range of ability and movements. So that is the reason that we in Bali that's return it. I will tell you more about this specifically in the video clip dedicated toe to to turn out and I will tell you explain to you in the show to you which muscles to use and how to execute an hour. People in your exorcists, mind you, this will require a lot of practice. But if you really dedicated and I think you are because you're here, then you will learn this and you will be fine. I am going to teach you the basic positions off the feet. The basic positions off the arms, positions off the heads, a problem A which is movement off the shoulders. And I'm going to teach you the three most important movements in ballet. With these three movements, everything starts, so you need to learn to him from the basic and When you are able to do this correctly, you will see dad's learning. Other steps will be much more easier and safe for your body because you don't want to get injuries. Thes three movements are the plea a Tom do and the role of A. I will explain more about that in the dedicated videos. Okay, how to use this course? I made separate clips, separate videos with explanation, explaining everything, and then when we started movements after the explanation and demonstration, there's another clip and we could do an exercise together with music. And then I'll give you some feedback. But of course I cannot see you. So I would advise you not only to follow a course like this one, but to go to a life action real class with the group in a life teacher, because then she or he can see you and work with you to make sure that you are again working safely and not getting any injuries, which is really important not only for your body, obviously, but also for your some of the clips. You will notice that I will be on my own and some of the clips I will be helped by our wonderful dancer day See Day. So look forward to that at the end will have an entirely new section and I'm going to put all the exercises after one another so you can follow through without any explanation. So you can dance along really quickly and get a little bit of cardio going on. Then stick to May to the end because in the end I'll have a special offer for you. Have fun. 2. What you need: Hello, everybody. This video I will sure really explain to you what you need to do this course successfully. That's not a lot. The list is short. Because if you were calling this course in comfort of your own home, I can imagine you don't have a valid bar. So you just use a chair used the reading chair or maybe the edge of your culture. So order us Who practice has a counter in the kitchen. So the most important thing is that you have the right height. So you see, for me it's just a little bit above my waist and she be able to do comfortably. Seven position with the arms laid down are you are going down and cascading Really? So down into the floor you're or whatever you're using is not there to grip on. That's just to assist you. Whenever you feel that you might lose your you're letting. That's okay. Then you can just it just correct the muscles again and continue. We will talk about this more in videos. Okay, So you have your support, your clothing. Okay. I am worrying today T shirt and we're but price it pulls today, so I have leg warmers and skirt. You don't need to have. If you're just starting up, you could just train. Go ahead. Training a T shirt with. So you already have separated for your go. Just put it on for you. Question about shoes? Well, if you decide to continue with Yes, I would definitely buy shoes. Okay. Shoes are like this. You confided with split solar also, and they are very many very flexible. Yeah, okay. But it's when you're starting out by and you just want to try it out. You don't know exactly if you want to continue, That sucks. Yeah. The main thing is sure important. That will be able to articulates all the muscles in your feet used in Very so you can jump and turn. Don't train. Don't studious exercise sneakers, because just and do you smoke Good? Yes. These are all the things you need to start out. Okay, let's go 3. How to stand: Hello, everybody. And welcome to the video explaining how to stand out because it's really different than when you are saying waiting for a bus or like I'm standing right now. Obviously, this is not the right way to go. So let's discuss real quickly how you were standing hostelries before you, even in your exercise, begin to dance and which muscles you will use it. Which video where Good. Let's see your weight in a little bit more. Force me and I'm thinking into my legs. Well, I'm for toast and then to top it off, you have a threat. Going up to see now is going down now is fine. Tail boat and waste pushing down into the floor. Two forces working here You have four. Then you have forced so that in Bali and is your access your central access around access. Then you are free to move whatever side go if you want less review and I will stand a little bit more step up and really take a barrel position off. So let's see. Correct looking and roll over you should Burt now bringing our way forward immediately working my foot, I'm squeezing just a little bit those, please. The whole You do squeeze you not a movement free less, you know, just here to squeeze Jack. Really? Naturally. When you're transferring weight front and yourself. I remember seeing shoulders down and and back here. Here I have my position you can imagine and I encourage you to try it and not have image off listing. Yes, you are in a very, very last position. But also very Go ahead. Try. You can post a video right now. Did you try it? Good. Excellent. We will discuss the use of before in the next. See you then. 4. How to us your core: Hello, dancers. No practice. We apply core. What do we mean by four people who are already know? Right, Would you Corbyn being you? And so this your torso, your power house, your center, your four. Okay, No. Use your core very efficient way you can use. Try. Here is my relaxed position. I know greed in myself. All right, let's go together. And one Ugo. Now the next image to use it. You have a lot of Okay, we're going to during use, okay? Used the image off might slightly maybe too tight for you. So you have your single right here and you, like, you know, trying for you. Do we go last position. Get taller. And now? Well, you already discussed engagement here. Do it, Jenny. And next Friess is gonna go she to We want to have a really flat nice front of the body. Get this and you will also see. Get this hell! This and everything here is relaxed goes up. We don't want that in effect. Right. So this up. Everyone, pull these down. Now, do be careful going to much down here because you have something people talking. Oh, sure, this this is too much. And I can detect this already because I'm pulling here in front of my boys. There's too much straight here way. Don't want you want your muscles to be told Last activity. That's a lot of information, right? You do. That's what you already know. Last video. Yeah, You go. So you wait Full words, engaged sleaze balls engaged in you gave up and four tallest trying to move around and feel it. Have a really strong our house. And you are ready. Okay. Good job. In the next video, we will discuss as I do that.