SWFL Ballet – School of Classical Ballet

Ballet is a graceful and mysterious form of art that fascinates and attracts attention of ballet lovers all over the world. Ballerinas are considered a symbol of elegance, beauty and grace, but despite their fragility, ballet dancers are very resilient, hardworking and must have a strong character and discipline.

What you see on stage is a product of many hours of technique classes, coaching, rehearsals, but also work of choreographers, costume design, fitting, scenography, lighting and music. It is the entire team of people working for the same goal – to create magic on stage! It is fascinating! And it all starts here – in a school of ballet where inspired children come to learn what it takes to enter the world of fine arts!

SWFL Ballet is dedicated to open the world of ballet for students of the Southwest Florida Community and provide what is required to become a ballet dancer!

It is well known that arts bring people together: unite cultures despite of different languages, wake up human emotions, carry on traditions and heritage through generations.

There are many benefits ballet education provides to students of all ages in their development and personal growth, some of them are:

  1. Harmonious development
    Ballet has a rich history that dates back to the 15th century. Much has changed since then, but the form itself has remained the same. The most important element is practicing with classical music. Live music develops a sense of rhythm and a keen ear for music. Children learn about famous composers, world-famous fairy tales, and the history of dance.
  2. Building strong character
    Ballet classes are hard work. To perform on stage in front of people young dancers have to work hard on themselves to train willpower, endurance and the ability to overcome challenges. Classes teach students to be focused, attentive, and purposeful.
  3. Health benefits and posture
    Ballerinas have always been considered the standard of beauty – straight back, beautiful body lines. A child who practices ballet is immediately visible – he is distinguished by upright posture, organic movements, flexibility and well-developed coordination. Ballet classes are an excellent prevention of scoliosis and flat feet. After a few lessons, correct posture begins to form – when the tummy is tucked in and the shoulder blades are in their proper place.
  4. Wide range of skills
    Ballet is a classical dance. It is considered the basis of all types of dance. This means that anyone who studied ballet as a child can, if desired, master any dance style – from modern to hip-hop. Having mastered the basics of the classics, a student acquires a good foundation and in the future can succeed in any dance. The fundamentals of classical dance are so universal that even dancers who prefer other styles and directions do not stop practicing classical dance.
  5. Building self confidence
    Now it is very important to develop leadership qualities and responsibility in a child. Preparing a solo and group numbers for recitals or holiday performances teaches children self-control. Acquired skills will be useful later in life no matter what profession he chooses. Performances are a good motivation for children, they begin to study harder. Especially if teachers select the repertoire taking into account technical abilities and technique of each child – in this case, each student looks on stage to their fullest potential. Dancing on a real stage with professional lighting, sound and an audience is an invaluable experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
  6. Teamwork experience
    Ballet teaches teamwork. Such unity and support often develop into true friendship lasting a lifetime. In the process of preparing for performances, children learn to understand and feel their partner, negotiate and trust each other. After all, in order to achieve the desired result, young dancers have to work hard on themselves and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  7. Opportunity to release energy
    Dancing allows children to release a variety of emotions and excess energy not spent during the day. As a result – a child will be tired and will have a good night sleep.
  8. Profession for the future
    If a child finds passion in dance composition and expression through movement – he can make a career in the field of choreography. By receiving a classical education, a dancer acquires skills that enable him to master the profession of a teacher. A teacher with a ballet background will be more professional than a person who is learning to teach a particular dance or fitness discipline from scratch. The skills learned in childhood remain with him throughout his life. Dancers have very developed muscle memory. Without exercising for several years, it is possible to recover in a month of intense training.