Ballet Class Etiquette: How to Conduct Yourself

Ballet Class Etiquette: How to Conduct Yourself

It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer. – Shanna LeFleur

When it comes to how to conduct yourself in a ballet class, it is important to remember that ballet is not all about grace and elegance but also showing respect and consideration for the students around you.

Although rules and guidelines may differ from class to class or even particular ballet schools, there are always a few key recommendations to keep in mind.



  1. Appearance

In an open class, there is usually no particular dress code to adhere to, but it is important to wear clothing that is appropriate for the style of dance you will be doing. In ballet, it is standard to wear a leotard, tights, ballet slippers, with your hair pulled into a bun for girls.

During your class, you are likely going to work up a sweat! Please be aware of yourself and others, by using deodorant with that is unscented or that has a neutral scent and avoid the use of perfumes.

Finally, leave jewelry at home. Jewelry can be a hazard; necklaces and bracelets can become entangled and rings can hurt someone if you are moving out of sync with one another.

  1. Being on Time

It is essential to be considerate of not only your instructor’s time but also the time of other students in your ballet class – always be early for class.

In some cases, rules on being late for a class are very strict and you will not be allowed to participate if you arrive after the teacher. Those with an excusable reason for being late will only be allowed to enter the studio during a break.

  1. Leaving Early

If you must leave your ballet class early, tell the instructor before class. When it comes time to leave, do so quietly and try not to distract from the class.

  1. Personal Space and Awareness

Be aware of your surroundings. Space yourself out along the barre or in the center where you have enough room for yourself, without obstructing others. This has never been more important in keeping your classmates healthy and safe.

If your instructor would like to have established spots for their classes, please stay at the spot given to you.

  1. Eating and Drinking

It is important to keep hydrated during your ballet class. Remember to bring your water bottle into the studio with you, rather than leaving midway through a class to go get one. If you spill, quickly clean it up to avoid anyone slipping.

  1. Manners

Chatting with friends should be dedicated to water breaks and class switches. During class, students should, listen and pay attention when the instructor is speaking or demonstrating a technique or movement.

If you would like to stay after your ballet class to practice or stretch, check to make sure that you are following your studio’s policies and that you are not interfering with the next class coming in.

Regardless of whether you are looking for dance studios in Edmonton or a dance academy in Calgary, the Alberta Ballet School has a variety of open division classes available, as well as a professional division. Learn more by visiting our website!