Q: How do I sign up?
Q: Is Ballet Together right for me?
A: Ballet Together offers classes for every individual, regardless of their physical abilities and current ballet skill level - and you don’t have to be a dancer! Although we are focused on helping dance students complement their ballet training, our classes expand our reach to all types of students - younger, older, professionals, newbies, cross-training only classes, etc. We are here for YOU! We recommend consulting with a physician prior to joining our classes.
Q: What class is right for me?
A: Each class has different requirements (age, skill, etc.). You can find these requirements by clicking "Event Details" by the desired class for an expanded view of the full class description.
Q: How do I know what level to take?
A: Visit the "BALLET" tab for a full description of the skills required for each class level. You can also find this information by clicking "Event Details" by the desired class for an expanded view of the full class description.
Q: I have never taken ballet before, can I take Ballet Together classes?
A: Absolutely! Make sure to read the description of the classes (by clicking "Event Details" by the desired class) to find the best options for you, but strength training, yoga, pilates, and stretching classes - to name a few - are great options too. If you fall into the class requirements, then you are more than welcome to join the class.
Q: Am I too old to take Ballet Together classes?
A: No, you are never too old to take classes with us! We welcome and support students of any age. Make sure to read the description of the classes (by clicking "Event Details" by the desired class) to find the best options for you, but strength training, yoga, pilates, and stretching classes - to name a few - are great options too. Ballet Together teachers will offer modified options for all exercises. Very strong students can choose to do one option, while others who are just beginning can choose another one. That way, all students get the best workout for their level of fitness.
Q: Is Ballet Together for boys and men?
A: Absolutely! All of our classes are available and accessible for boys and men, as well as young girls and women. Some young men have benefited by joining our pointe classes to work on ankle strength and stability by taking the class in their ballet slippers! Don’t be shy, join any of the classes Ballet Together offers.
Q: Are all the Ballet Together classes free?
A: Yes and no. Ballet Together was founded on the principle that everyone should have access to incredible ballet or cross-training classes regardless of their financial ability. So, yes, under the current circumstances we are living in (COVID-19) classes are donation recommended. These incredible professional ballet dance heroes are donating their time and expertise with your student, so any donations sent directly to them will ensure that Ballet Together classes can continue. This excludes private lessons.
Q: How do I donate?
A: Your instructor's Venmo and PayPal information can be found next to the class link on the calendar page accessible to all those that signed the waiver. You can also find this information in our daily schedule email and also under the bio of each teacher here. It’s best to donate before or right after the class as the calendar is updated daily. Click "Event Details" by the desired class for an expanded view of all important details.
Q: Why do I have to turn my camera on for Zoom classes?
A: At Ballet Together, we want to provide a safe environment for our students. First and foremost, transparency is important to us so we want to know who is taking the class. Secondly, it’s the only way we can ensure you receive maximum benefit through corrections. If we can’t see you, we can’t make you better!
Q: Do you offer classes other than ballet?
A: Yes! We provide many live online instructor-led classes such as yoga, pilates, jazz, strength training, cardio, and stretching - just to name a few. Prior dance training is not a requirement for many of our classes. We encourage you to use BalletTogether as a way to try new types of classes. In fact, invite your entire family to join you in class!
Q: Can I take Ballet Together classes in conjunction with my local studio?
A: Our mission is to support the arts. If your local studio is offering classes, we encourage you to take those as a priority and use Ballet Together as additional training. With that being said, you can get it all at Ballet Together with ballet technique, pointe classes, and cross-training options offered daily. We want to meet you wherever you are in your dance training journey.
Q: Why are Ballet Together classes recorded?
A: Ballet Together classes are recorded only by and for the instructors. The primary reason is to review classes for further corrections that may be sent to you directly, or for their educational purposes to determine how to make classes better in the future. These recordings will never be publicly published.
Q: What should I do if Zoom doesn’t allow me to enter a class?
A: Any tech app, Zoom included, is going to have its good and bad days. Unfortunately, once the class has started the teacher is busy getting the class going, so our first suggestion is to wait patiently for them to let you in the meeting. If you are not let into the class, then restart the Zoom app or close the browser and try again with the meeting ID/password for the class. If that doesn’t work, then reach out via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How often should I take Ballet Together classes?
A: As often as you want! We offer a wide range of classes so that every student can find what works best for them with their schedule and training level. You can take every single class we offer or just one per week. We are here for YOU!
Q: Can I take Ballet Together classes if I have an injury?
A: Like with any injury, you need to listen to your body and your physician first. If you and your physician agree you are up to taking classes then be sure to tell your Ballet Together instructor about your condition so they can best assist you. We recommend you sign in to class 5 minutes early and write a private comment directly to the instructor using the Zoom chat feature about your condition. This way the instructor is aware of your injury and can give you personalized corrections to help you modify and improve.
Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: For ballet classes, we highly encourage the following. Click here for more information.
Q: Do I have to wear my hair in a bun?
A: A ballet bun, along with proper attire, is a good idea to get yourself in the mindset for ballet and pointe classes, but it is not required. We highly recommend hair to be pulled away from the student’s face.
Q: Do I need any special equipment or props for the Ballet Together classes?
A: For ballet technique and pointe classes, a proper floor and a sturdy “barre” are required. Click here for more information.
FOR BALLET TECHNIQUE/POINTE:
Suggested Flooring Options: Marley, hard-wood, or laminate floors
Suggested “Barre” Options: Traditional ballet barre, kitchen countertop, or a sturdy chair
Some of Ballet Together’s cross-training classes require props, such as Therabands, weights, yoga mats, etc. Props needed will be listed in the "Event Details" for each class or clarified at the start of class. If you don’t have any of these, let the instructors know before class and they will give you modifications to best suit you.
Q: Will I be able to access Ballet Together classes on my tablet and smartphone?
A: Yes. Ballet Together is accessible on tablets, smartphones, and any other devices that can access the Internet.