Just over two years ago, I took a very nervous little girl to a ballet class for the first time.
As a toddler, Libby was very shy. She didn’t really associate with other children and whilst she was a chatterbox at home, she barely said a word when there were other people around.
We started going together to little swans ballet class at Ballet Malvern. The class is aimed at pre-school aged children and parents join so that each child has the one to one attention of their parent to help them to follow the teacher’s instructions.
Libby loved the class and we later found out that she had a problem with her eyesight so the coordination she was learning from ballet was helping her more than we realised. Libby remained shy but loved to dance and sing so I decided to find out if there was a local stage performance group that she could join in with.
Luckily, Rebecca who taught Libby’s ballet class allowed her to join in with the stage performance class at Ballet Malvern. Libby was only two years old when she started and was notably younger than the others in the group.
The older children looked after her during the class and she was allowed to join in with what she could. In the coming weeks, my quiet, shy little girl blossomed into a loud, confident child. Nowadays, she speaks perfectly, chats to anyone and only pauses in her incessant conversation to sing.
By Christmas, Libby was performing in the ballet school show with everyone else from her drama class. She ran onto the stage with a huge grin on her face and joined in with the dance as if she’d been doing it for years. The only thing that gave away her age was the fact that she was so much shorter than everyone else.
If you feel that ballet would be beneficial for your child (it’s great for boys as well as girls), this infographic from Dancewear Central tells you everything you need to know about the clothes and equipment you will need. Young children really don’t need much at all, in fact Lia is now joining in with pre-school ballet in just her normal clothes and her socks.
As children get older, they do need some more specific clothing for dance classes, particularly if they get involved in shows and taking examinations. Dancewear Central were kind enough to send some beautiful garments for the children at Ballet Malvern.
Leotards are essential for ballerinas and these purple leotards from Dancewear Central are excellent quality. We were also sent some lovely pink dance tights and split sole canvas ballet shoes which everyone at the ballet school was delighted with.
My personal favourite though are the gorgeous pink tutus. Whilst Libby isn’t at a stage of ballet where she needs to wear things like this yet, she was delighted to be allowed to try them on. Sadly, her photograph had to be in black and white to hide the breakfast down her jumper, which she was refusing to take off. Sigh.
Luckily, the older girls were more than happy to oblige with modelling some of these beautiful clothes. Having not used Dancewear Central before, Rebecca who runs the ballet school was very impressed with the quality and I think you’ll agree, they look fabulous.
Please note, Dancewear Central very kindly supplied me with the ballet garments for Ballet Malvern, along with the useful infographic. Permission from the children’s parents has been sought to use their images on my website. All views, opinions and breakfast-wearing children are my own.