Ballet Etiquette

The Maple Conservatory of Dance is committed to providing the surrounding communities with a ballet training conservatory of the highest international standards. As part of our standards toward excellence, our ballet etiquette is listed below in which all Conservatory students are expected to follow.

Traditional Rules of Ballet Etiquette

Ballet Etiquette
  • Respectful and correct posture, as well as attitude must be maintained throughout the entire class. This includes wearing traditional ballet attire and hairdos.
  • Attention should be directed towards the instructor at all times.
  • Finish each exercise in the instructed stance and remain until the music is completely finished.
  • Turn toward the bar between exercises.
  • Sitting down is allowed only with the expressed permission of the instructor.
  • Learn and assimilate the exercises quickly in order to receive the most out of the class. This is an art in itself and must be practiced.
  • Pay attention to and assimilate corrections given to other individuals. If the correction is directed toward another person, apply it to your own learning.
  • When another group is dancing, prepare yourself to begin dancing as they finish.
  • When executing a combination in the center of the room that advances forward, finish the exercise and move directly to the front, then to the side before returning to the back of the room to repeat the exercise. This will allow other dancers to begin.
  • When you are finished with an exercise in the center, leave the floor as quickly as possible.
  • At the end of an exercise, move only after the last note of the music has finished ringing.
  • Give thanks to the instructor at the end of each class.