FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to choose a ballet centre?

2. Why is Adult Ballet so popular in Japan?

3. What are the benefits of Adult Ballet?

4. Are there any Diet recommended for Dancer?

5. Why take Ballet Exam?

6. Where to buy Ballet Costume in Kuala Lumpur?

 

1. How to choose a ballet centre?

  1. Check teacher’s professional qualification and teaching experience
  2. Check Ballet Class Syllabus
  3. Check Class size
  4. Visit the Studio – Check for ‘Sprung’ floor (See Special Dance Floor - Sprung Floor) and speak to the teacher

2. Why is Adult Ballet so popular in Japan?

The trend has been started by the popular 2006 TV series – Purimadamu (aka Ballet Dancer), which has a warm-hearted story about an average housewife with a strong will to take on the new challenge of entering the ballet world at the age of 44.

The trend would have faded away after a few years, however, the benefits of Adult Ballet have helped the trend grow stronger.  Once the students start to reap those enormous benefits, they just want to continue.

3. What are the benefits of Adult Ballet?

The benefits of Adult Ballet are enormous, the following are just some of them:
 

  1. Workouts for the whole body – Ballerinas do not born with the slim body and well-toned muscles.  It comes from the ballet classes, which utilises every inch of the body muscles.  Shedding pounds and having toned muscles will come naturally together with , strength, flexibility and body awareness after regular training.
  2. Good Posture – Most beginners will be constantly reminded about their Posture during the class, as poor posture affects our health (excess stress and tension on our joints can cause tension headaches, shallow breathing, herniated discs, may lead to arthritis, chronic back pain and fatigue later in life).
  3. Unique Lifestyle – Ballet is a break for the norm, as the students get to produce graceful movements with the body while listen to beautiful classical music.  This will help develop the artistic side of the student as well.
  4. Exercising the Brain – Utilising the brain to remember the steps, movements and music timing will help our brain on its toe.
  5. Performance – Performing in front of the teacher and classmates will help booster self esteem and overcoming shyness as well.
  6. Benefits for Footballers/Athletes – Ballet training can help footballers/athletes physically and mentally – Balance, higher jump, discipline and focus.
     

However, these benefits do not come instantly, it will take time, hard work, patience and discipline.
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4. Are there any Diet recommended for Dancer?

There are many ‘Dancer Diet’ books in the market, which can be referred to.  The following have been extracted from the Pointe Magazine.

Turn In For Better Turnout
Make sure you leave your turnout in the studio. “It’s counterintuitive, but you have to work the opposite motion of what you are trying to gain in order to have some balance,” says Hill. “If you keep working the same motion, eventually it’s going to stop improving.” Focusing solely on cross-training exercises that allow you to work in turnout can be particularly detrimental—and even cause injury. Sefcovic often puts dancers on a bike or the elliptical to ensure they remain in parallel.
 

The whole point of cross-training is to work the muscles you don’t use when dancing. “Dancers can develop their strength, flexibility, power and endurance while giving some of those primary muscles they use day in and day out much needed recovery time,” says Coffey. “Muscle recovery is the equivalent of making sure you get enough sleep. Every part of your body needs some downtime.”
 

Loosen Up
Feeling stiff? Make sure you’re getting enough “good fats.” A recent study at the University of Maryland Medical Center found that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease inflammation and joint stiffness. Heidi Skolnik, nutrition consultant for the School of American Ballet, recommends eating fish two to three times a week to get healthy amounts of omega-3 in your diet. Salmon, herring and mackerel are your best bets. But if you don’t like fish, don’t fret! Flaxseeds, soybeans, walnuts and seaweed are all smart alternatives.
 

D.I.Y. Energy Bars
Energy bars are a great snack to stash in your dance bag. Unfortunately, most of the brands at the supermarket are loaded with sugar, saturated fat and preservatives. Make your own version at home using your favorite ingredients in just a few easy steps. Try this recipe from Bobbie Marchand, a freelance dancer in New York City.

  • 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans or walnuts)
  • 3/4 cup seeds (pumpkin, sunflower or flax)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, apricots or figs)
  • 3/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
     

Mix nuts, seeds and fruit in a medium-sized bowl. Gently heat the peanut butter and honey until combined and smooth. Pour over nut, seed and fruit mixture and mix well. Press into a greased 8x8 pan, allow to cool, then cut into 12 to 16 bars. The bars keep for about two weeks in an air-tight container in the fridge.
 

Five Fat-Fighting Foods
Looking to fend off excess fat? Add these five healthy foods to your diet. Each has different benefits that help to keep your body lean.

  1. Low-Fat Milk: Studies say three to four daily servings of high-calcium, low-fat dairy can nearly double the amount of fat you burn. Fat cells filled with calcium burn fat faster.
  2. Grapefruit: Its vitamin C dilutes fat cells. Grapefruit also contains pectin, which prevents cells from absorbing fat.
  3. Oats: This low–glycemic-index food is digested slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable and cravings in check. A recent study found that people on a low-GI diet lost twice as much weight as those on a low-fat diet.
  4. Eggs: One egg supplies 11 percent of your daily B12, which is said to break down fat cells.
  5. Beans: Beans’ soluble fiber helps fend off blood sugar spikes that cause cravings. They are also packed with insoluble fiber, which keeps you fuller longer, and some experts say that it may also prevent the absorption of dietary fat.
     

5. Why take Ballet Exam?

A Ballet Examination, like any other examination, gives the student an opportunity to see where they are in the learning process; they are a measure of achievement.  The Examinations also give student a focus to challenge him/herself physically and psychologically, which will help to develop the student’s self-discipline.

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments which is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment.  Currently, the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and over 13,000 members worldwide.  Examinations are organised and administered by the RAD Examinations Board.  Further details can be found on the RAD website - www.rad.org.uk.

The Qualification obtained from the RAD Exam is recognised by all four bodies in the UK. In some states / provinces in Canada and Australia, RAD examinations count as credit towards School Certificates.  Candidates who have achieved a Pass or higher at Grades 6-8, Intermediate or Advanced Foundation can use their exam result to contribute towards their UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) points tariff when applying to a university or Higher Education institution in the UK. For more information please click here.

Achieving a good mark in the Examination is important, but the centre believes that the development of rapport, confidence, aesthetic, body flexibility, physical strength, good posture and musicality are above that.

 

6. Where to buy Ballet Costume in Kuala Lumpur?

With the exception of Exam uniform, the Meadow Ballet Centre students are free to purchase their ballet costumes and accessories from the Centre or any supplier as long as the costumes match the colour scheme for the student’s grade. The following are some of the ballet costume shops operating in Kuala Lumpur:

Name

Address

Contact Details

First Step Dance & Art

19-2, Jalan Prima Setapak 5,

Off Jalan Genting Klang,

Setapak, KL 53300

Tel: 03-4022 6293

Fax: 03-4042 2553

H/P: 012 372 0553

firststep_ballet@yahoo.com

www.firststepdance.com.my/

Alice Chai Boutique

2nd Floor Sungai Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bingtang, KL 55100

Tel: 03-2148 5653

Fax: 03-2143 2393

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note that the Meadow Ballet Centre is not connected to any of the above shops.