Practice at Home
Reviewing and practicing between classes can really help memory retention and enable you to progress faster! Recalling what you worked on in class even a couple of times during the week can help solidify concepts and keep the topics fresh on your mind between classes. You’d be surprised at how big of a difference just a couple of at-home practice sessions can make!
Not sure what, where, when or how to practice? Jump to Frequently Asked Questions!
Broche YouTube Follow-Alongs
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Stretch Follow-Along (all levels)
Beginner Pointe class (approx Level P2)
Purchase Practice Content
Purchase class companion practice content our for Overture Program, and levels 2a-3b. Each level contains follow-along videos and text descriptions to accompany what you are learning in class. The lessons mirror what you are learning in class so you can practice
Each level costs $15, OR 2 makeup credits. To use makeup credits for purchasing practice content, contact us and we’d be happy to help!
Within 24 hours of your purchase, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the practice content.
Overture Program - The Very Beginning
We start from the very beginning! We start with the very beginning and progress to learning all of the basic barre work, and enough center vocabulary to learn our beginner Sugar Plum Fairy variation.
This level is included in Overture Program purchase, but if you are in a higher level class and want to review the basics, you’re more than welcome to purchase this level!
In this level, we'll start by reviewing all of the most advanced barre work that we learned in the Overture Program.
Then, we'll focus on building on our barre technique, as well as learning new center steps such as petite allegro and 2 types of turns.
In Level 2b, we continue to add on more advanced barre steps, and begin new center footwork!
We learn waltzes, more types of turns, and grande allegro steps. We also move learn to dance more quickly through the steps and vocabulary that we already know to continue building strength and coordination.
In Level 2c, we learn how to apply turnout to all of the vocabulary that we’ve learned.
We think about applying the concept of constantly rotating the femur bone in the hip socket in order to maintain turnout at all times.
Level 2c includes 1 set of practice videos that you can use repeatedly to continue working on the concepts, and costs $10 or 1 makeup credit.
Throughout levels 3a and 3b, we will be working on challenging your technique in different contexts as well as incorporating more vocabulary, footwork, and more complex combinations.
In addition to seeing more complex barre combinations and steps to build strength, by the end of level 3a and 3b, you should be able to achieve the following things:
En dehors pirouette in 5th and 4th
Adagio combinations with arm expression
Medium allegro with sissones
Grand allegro with sauté de chat and tour jeté
Coming Soon! Join waitlist to be the first to know when levels 3a & 3b are available!
How long should I practice at home?
You can practice for as little as 5 minutes, or as long as a couple of hours. Every little bit counts, so even if you can only squeeze in a couple of minutes, or simply watch a video and not even get up to do the move, everything helps!
What should I practice?
Always be sure to practice the things that were the hardest for you! If that was the tricky footwork in the center, or a complicated barre step, be sure to review that first. It’s easy to avoid the things we didn’t enjoy or weren’t very good at, but those are what we need to practice the most!
Turning can be tricky to practice at home, but you still can! A few words of caution. If you are practicing repeated turns such as chaînés or piqué turns, be sure you have plenty of space. Don’t practice too close to your furniture! And, if you are going to turn in socks on wood floors, be super careful, as it’s very slippery. You definitely want to avoid slipping and falling, especially if you’re dizzy or disoriented.
When it comes to jumping, be careful not to practice too many in a row, as your at-home flooring is likely not “sprung wood” which is special studio flooring designed to reduce impact on your joints. For practicing jumps at home, consider wearing sneakers for additional support, or visiting a gym or other facility with flooring that is good for jumping. You can also practice jumping without actually jumping. For example, walking through the exercises to review the combination and the positions, without leaving the floor, or leaving the floor only a little bit.
One final note: Be sure to start with a warm-up, usually at least a plié exercise or maybe our free Stretch follow-along! If anything hurts while you’re practicing, stop immediately and let your body rest.
Be careful, use common sense, and have fun!
Where should I practice at home?
For most things, it doesn’t matter if you practice in socks or your ballet slippers, at your counter or on wood floor. Carpet is less ideal, especially for things like tendus, but if that’s all you have to work with, go for it (and watch out for static electricity build up). Just get in there and start practicing! You can work on the technique and remembering combinations from anywhere.
What if I practice things incorrectly?
Don’t worry if you practice things a little incorrectly. If you’re coming to class each week, your teacher will be able to correct any mistakes very quickly. It’s really unlikely that you’ll cement a habit that you can’t undo in just a week!
And, if you practice something incorrectly and then receive a correction from your teacher, you might actually be MORE likely to remember it, because you’ll have to really understand what you were doing versus what you should be doing instead, and that contrast can actually be really helpful for your brain!