Over the past months I’ve noticed that many dancers I see have poor posture. The posture must be correct with the core of the body firmly held. The “baby belly” of 5- or 6-year-old children should disappear as they grow, and they should be taught to be aware of holding the abdominal muscles.
Young dancers must be given combinations that reverse steps so that they understand the vocabulary of ballet. For example, teach three jetés derrière and assemblé over with a repeat, and then repeat all with three jetés devant and assemblé under. Another example is two assemblés over, sissone over, pas de bourrée under with the back foot; repeat. Then reverse with two assemblés under, sissone under, pas de bourrée over with the front foot.