Ballet is taught as a practice comprised of "positions" and traditional steps set to music, which almost anyone can start out learning to do and marks the beginning of body awareness, muscular control, and powerful, poised, physical deportment. The training programs will almost certainly transform the way of standing and holding the body, as dancers will be taught to keep the head up high, to properly position the spine and hips, to put the correct amount of weight on the feet, to improve balance, coordination and flexibility, and to move in a light and fluid manner.
Ballet is both a challenging and fulfilling body discipline that develops coordination and mental acuity as well as an ear for music and the joy inherent in responding physically to it. From an exercise standpoint, ballet is beneficial at any age and is a safe form of exercise, whose many benefits include muscular strengthening, the building of cardiovascular stamina, and the potential to increase flexibility. An absolute benefit includes postural awareness, postural alignment and general physical improvement. Because of the isometric techniques employed across ballet study, students of all ages build elongated yet strong arms and legs and the use of the weight of the body against gravity also strengthens lean muscle tissue.
Regarding emotional and cognitive benefits, it has been proven that the study of ballet mentors students to develop skills of determination and agility, and helps to build self-confidence. Ballet also enhances grace, and the discipline of its movements and practice promotes the tendency towards excellent organizational skills, develops impressive concentration levels, superior understanding of commitment, artistry and creativity, the propensity for self-expression, exceptional physical fitness, and the noticeable development of cooperation and awareness of other skills.
Studying ballet additionally challenges the mind in that it enhances memorization capacity, sequencing skills and sense of self in space – spatial and kinesthetic awareness– thanks to the application of stringing steps together, turning and level changing, reversing and retrograding, all of which can greatly improve dyslexia as well.