Ballet 2 is a level of classical ballet typically reached by dancers between the ages of 11 and 13. This age range is often referred to as pre-professional due to the increased complexity and technical demands of the repertoire. During this stage, the dancer’s body must be strong enough to handle more complex movements, while they must also possess the maturity and discipline to learn the intricate choreography and nuances of classical ballet.
At Ballet 2 level, dancers will begin to learn more challenging steps such as pirouettes and fouettes, as well as complex adage movements. These steps require an increased level of strength, both in the arms and legs, as well as coordination and balance.
Dancers must also hone their musicality skills in order to master the timing required for these steps. Additionally, they will begin to understand how their body works in relation to different styles of movement, such as ballet’s signature port de bras (arm movement).
Classes at Ballet 2 also introduce students to more classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. During rehearsals for these performances, dancers must review choreography from previous classes while learning new material; they will develop their acting skills by portraying different characters; they will become familiar with partnering moves; and they will practice working together with other dancers onstage. All of these elements combine to create a truly magical experience for Ballet 2 students.
Dancers who reach Ballet 2 have come a long way from when they first began dancing. They have learned proper technique and form; developed strength and flexibility; honed their musicality skills; familiarized themselves with partnering moves; developed acting skills; practiced working with others onstage; learned complex choreography; grown mentally in confidence and discipline; and most importantly found joy in dancing!
In conclusion, Ballet 2 is typically reached by dancers between 11-13 years old due to its increased complexity in terms of skill set development, technique mastery, performance preparation and mental maturity which this age group can handle. With proper guidance from teachers/mentors throughout their training journey, Ballet 2 students can continue on their path towards becoming a professional dancer – achieving goals that seemed impossible just a few years ago!