Ballet Etiquette Tip #2 – Body Language

In ballet class most people tend to introvert, focusing on their practice. This is understandable, we’re all trying to better ourselves. However, sometimes our self reflection can go too far and it shows in our body language. To a teacher it may appear that your not listening or have a bad attitude and believe me, that’s not a good thing. Good teachers love giving information and helping students. So take a minute and reflect, do you show too much inward reflection durning class?
Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to help you out:
Don’t cross your arms – To a teacher it appears that you’re close-minded or don’t like what they have to say.
Don’t sit into one hips – Again this can appear to the teacher that you don’t care.
Don’t get angry at yourself – From a teachers perspective, it looks as though you are too emotional to try their suggestion.
Do stay focused on your teacher – Keeping your eyes on your teacher show them you’re listening
Do try their corrections – Don’t just stand there, do it! Teachers love it when you take action and practice.
Do stay active – Ask question, of course wait until the appropriate time. But, chances are if you’re confused you’re not alone.
As Martha Graham once said, “The body never lies.” So stay alert and actively take class.

Photo of: Vin, Dawn, and Lee of Kathy Mata Ballet