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The Benefits of Ballet

Ballet training is whole body training. Every muscle, every joint, learns to articulate together and in isolation. This is why ballet dancers can easily transition to other physical activities like sports, gymnastics, ice skating, or any kind of dance. This is also why the often repeated plea of professionals, colleges, instructors and choreographers to dancers in all fields of entertainment and art is the same, “take more ballet”.

To be highly trained in ballet is to be ahead of the game for any other physical activity. It gives you the ability to work with your body’s unique structure to achieve technical skill. It teaches you how to work at anything physically, and keeps you safer from injury by improving your awareness and reaction time.

Some Physical Benefits of In-Depth Ballet Training:

  • - improved posture, body alignment and balance
  • - Spatial Awareness
  • - Flexibility
  • - Strength and Stamina
  • - Coordination
  • - Dynamic Energy
  • - Musicality and Rhythm
  • - Body Articulation

Mental/Emotional/Artistic benefits:

  • - Cultural Enrichment
  • - Classical Music Knowledge
  • - Self-discipline
  • - Delaying Gratification (an important trait of successful people)
  • - Concentration
  • - Focus
  • - Self-Expression
  • - Non-Verbal Communication Skills
  • - Language Enhancement (Ballet is a Universal Language)
  • - Improves School Performance by Improving Concentration and Self-Discipline

The TYB Curriculum

The late Marcia Dale Weary humbly and meticulously worked to train her students well. Using a foundation given her by Thalia Mara, and the works of Vaganova and Cecchetti, Marcia worked out a method of teaching dance that was easy for even young students to grasp. The method was based on a paradigm of early success, in simple to remember combinations which were designed to be impossible to execute incorrectly.

The results of her new method raised her Pennsylvania school into the top ranks of the world’s ballet training facilities. Her alumni have danced throughout the world, at the highest level of the dance world. Her curriculum is difficult for an outsider to grasp. The seemingly simple exercises are not the curriculum. How one teaches the skills are the heart of the curriculum. Personal experience of the curriculum, and of Marcia’s training in particular, is invaluable in understanding how to teach it.

" In order to be a good ballet teacher, you have to develop new eyes. "

- Marcia Dale Weary

Students enrolling in TYB have the advantage of taking classes from Mrs. Dulin, a student of Marcia’s. Mrs. Dulin trained with Marcia, and taught under her guidance at the Barn in the late 1970’s.

Mrs. Dulin’s dedication to re-creating Marcia’s success with her students is evident in her approach, and in the care she takes with her students. Placement, focus and effort are encouraged. Achieving their personal best is the goal. She also trains those interested in teaching, helping them develop their “new eyes.”