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How to become a ballerina?


Ballet dancing should be started in early childhood, because at this age the child’s body is very plastic. Future dancers should be small in size and light in weight, flexible, with narrow ankles. The commission, which takes children to professional ballet schools, often draws attention to the physique of the child's parents, because if the father and mother are large, then the parameters of the figure of the dancer in adolescence can also change.

The guys who have passed the competition begin to actively train, but more than 50% of future ballerinas weed out. They can be excluded from the team due to the fact that the ballerina is growing too fast, gaining weight, does not have the necessary flexibility or lightness, is lazy and misses training.

Profession Features

It is worthwhile to understand that ballet is hard and exhausting work. Light and fragile dancers are forced to deny themselves literally everything. Girls are constantly on a strict diet, because the weight of an adult ballerina, whose height is 163 cm, should not exceed 44 kg. If the weight goes beyond, then the girl may not be allowed to speak or be expelled from the choreographic school.

Classes for children who are just starting their ballet journey begin with ground gymnastics, which helps to develop flexibility, prepare the body for more complex exercises that improve coordination. The success of the ballerina depends on the choreographer who works with her. Many choreographers dream of raising a famous prima ballerina, so they try to put all their knowledge into promising students.

It is not recommended to choose this direction for people who suffer from the following diseases:

  • high blood pressure
  • arthrosis and arthritis,
  • flat feet
  • gastrointestinal tract diseases
  • childhood injuries (fractures, rupture of ligaments and others that can affect the plasticity and mobility of the joints),
  • obesity.

Ballerinas who graduated from specialized ballet schools immediately begin performing, working as corps de ballet dancers or soloists. The ballet troupe tours around their home country and often travels abroad, a strict hierarchy reigns in the team. Dancers are constantly training, working with the choreographer, studying the production script and music for her in order to understand the character of their character. Each member of the troupe receives a ballet party, the complexity and importance of which depends on the professionalism of the ballet dancer, natural data, and artistry.

Where to study for a ballerina

Children take preparatory classes from 4 years old, at 9-11 they can go to a professional ballet school, in which it is necessary to study 8 years. During training, future dancers face serious physical exertion, because their classes can last from 3 to 9 hours, which depends on the age of the dancers and their level of training.

If a child under the age of 10-12 does not start practicing ballet, then his path lies in folk or pop dance. It is worth noting that ballerinas must have an excellent figure and excellent technique, but teachers have practically no requirements for knowledge of the school curriculum.

Often, talented ballerinas trained in choreographic schools specializing in the art of ballet or choreographic art, after final exams are invited to go to famous academies and ballet schools. Representatives of such schools attend performances and examination concerts, choosing promising dancers. Graduates of famous ballet schools are invited to work in famous theaters (Mariinsky, Bolshoi, Mikhailovsky and others).

Ballet schools

School of ballet "Kasok", St. Petersburg

The school has professional teachers and acting ballet dancers who teach children the art of classical dance. The school has a program for children, adolescents and professional dancers who wish to improve technique, learn to avoid injuries.

Place of work

The career of ballet dancers is short, so until the age of 35-40 they actively tour, performing on the best ballet stages in the world. They can work in well-known ballet companies or small groups, but here it all depends on talent.

After retirement, the ballerinas work as choreographers and give private lessons. Famous prima ballerinas can be re-qualified as theater or movie actresses, act in commercials, or open their own schools.


The salary of the ballerina depends on the level of her training, the place she occupies in the troupe, and the qualification level. The competition for a place in the famous capital's theaters is very large, because 100-150 ballerinas can apply for one vacancy.

Prima ballerina can receive wages, the amount of which is 100-150 thousand rubles. Corps de ballet artists receive up to 50 thousand rubles, but the size of the salary depends on the theater in which the troupe works.