Ballet Dancers - Roles and Responsibilities

by emma shadrach

Ballet Dancers - Roles and Responsibilities

Heyy my name is emma and i am doing an essay on ballet and i just need to know some information about ballet i know all the basic info as i have done ballet for 5 years but i need to know all the roles and responsibilities that a ballet dancer has, it would be a massive help if you could answer this for me many thanks emma x


Reply by Odette

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Hello Emma,

Thank you for contacting me, it is great to hear from you.

A ballet dancer has many roles and responsibilities. We have to be disciplined, highly self-motivated and fundamentally be reliable to do our job of performing to the audience.

Discipline is a crucial element of being a ballet dancer. From being a young training student, to an experienced professional you have to have great discipline. Dancers have to come into ballet class everyday and follow the demanding structure of the class. We have to obedient to the teacher and also to ourselves, without obeying the rules or ways of class, we cannot achieve out fullest potential.

Yet we also have to be higly self-motivated to reach our maximum ability. Dancers need their own enthusiasm and interest for ballet, without the pressure from the teachers - we have to push ourselves.

The core responsibility of a professional ballet dancer is to perform to the audience and fulfill their joy of what they are expecting to watch at the theatre. Dancers have to be experienced enough to give the audience what they want, despite any aches or pains - "the show must go on", is a common phrase used in the theatre world.

I hope this information has helped you, it would be interesting to find out more about the roles and responsibilities of a dancer so keep in touch and let me know what else you come up with!

All the best,


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