Tue 22 Jul, 2014 07:53 pm
I am 13 and have had previous ballet experience from the ages of 3-9, I took hip hop classes from 9-11. Since then due to financial issues and moving I have been out of dance. Dance has always been a very positive thing in my life, and an outlet to help deal with things when I am going through rough times. For many reasons I am in need of that outlet again, but because I have been out of dance so long, am in a very tight financial situation, and recently moved to Idaho (which is surprisingly advanced when it comes to dance) I have not been able to resume lessons. If I were to begin dance again at a studio I would need private lessons, because despite the fact that I am a freshman, I am at a 5th or 6th grade level, and it's discouraging for me when I am so far below my own age group. This is why I would like to be able to teach myself, and work my butt off until I am at a level where I can resume group lessons. I am looking for any tips and videos (youtube, or ones that I can purchase) on beginning lyrical, and beginning-intermediate jazz, intermediate ballet, basically any thing that would help me work up to an intermediate-advanced level of lyrical dance. Also any tips on good stretches, or things to avoid as to prevent straining or hurting myself as I will not have an instructor to guide me would be very helpful. Thank you so so much for taking the time to read and answer this question.
An assortment of dance videos of many styles can be found here
Here are some warm up and cool down moves for you.
If you can spend a little bit of money, get your parents to buy this for you.
If you can't afford that, here is a playlist of 10 YouTube's on beginning ballet moves.
Are there no classes available through a community centre/gym?
Independent practice isn't recommended for people whose joints are developing.
There is enough danger of injury with a coach. Without a coach, it becomes a really dangerous proposition.
Perhaps you could apply for a scholarship at a local dance academy.
Definitely research what could be available to you before attempting to dance without a coach/guide.
The secondary issue is that most schools don't think much of the lessons available for free online - it truly is an example of 'you get what you pay for'.
Taking classes isn't an option for me tight now. I know that independent practice is never recommended, but as of now it is my only option and I do have a strong passion for dance, so I am putting the research into it to make sure that I practice it safely, and properly. There aren't any scholarship opportunities available for me in my area. Yes, you do get what you pay for, and that is why I have asked this same question on about 15 different q&a sites, and I have been researching for hours, to try and find what will work best, and be best for me. Trust me I have put a lot of thought into this. I am going to do whatever I can do, and if teaching myself via online videos, instructional dads, books, and online forums is the only thing I am able to do right now, than that is what I'm going to do. I'm just making sure I keep with dance because it is one of the best things that's ever happened to me. Thank you for concern though.
I imagine aerobic conditioning would help you (although I'd be mindful of your body shape, plus you want to mainly keep your weight down for ballet).
Here's a workout DVD where it's based on ballet -
I'm not so sure how much good it will do you although I do trust Sparkpeople and Coach Nicole Nichols at least to not be trying to actively hurt you or rip you off.
Thank you for concern though.
it is more than concern.
I dance at a competitive level and I know what instructors think of students who learn/train by way of online courses and then try to enter/re-enter classes with them.
There is nothing wrong with dancing for sheer joy - and I definitely recommend it highly - but be cautious about "training" and your expectations about the results of online "training".
I plan on taking lessons when I am able, and when I can afford them. I also plan on getting help from friends I have in competitive dance when I get the chance to do that as well. What I am looking for is things I can do in addition, because I cannot get the professional help as much as I would like. I do not have high expectations for the things offered as online resources, I just want to be able to stay in shape and have continual reminder of proper technique until I get to a place where I can resume actual dance lessons. I promise to be careful, I know that what I am trying to do is not ideal, but if you're a dancer you have to understand where I'm coming from. This is more than a silly hobby, this is a huge part of my life, it's something that I have always been extremely passionate about and I will do whatever it takes to keep up with it.