Start the day the ballet way – at the barre. There are close to 80 dancers in our company, so we split the classes between different studios. See if you can spot your favourites in our World Ballet Day class, which will be taken by Artistic Director David Hallberg.
All around the world, a classical ballet class follows the same format: exercises at the barre, followed by centre work, consisting of adage (slow movements that build stability and control), combinations (which include turns and test the memory, balance and agility) and jumps, which build from small warm-up leaps to the spectacular grand allegro. There’s a beautiful organic logic to the progression of class – the body is slowly and systematically warmed up from the feet through every major joint, and the dancer fine tunes their motor control and musicality while getting a good cardio workout. That’s why we recommend ballet class for everyone! Have you tried it?
Class is the dancers’ time for checking in with themselves – and for experimentation. That’s why what you see in the studio might not be as perfect as what you’ll see on stage. Even when they get to be principal artists, our dancers still use class to try out different approaches to steps and test their edge.