Ballet class: posture, placement and alignment

Achieving improved posture, alignment and weight placement.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 14+

In this ballet class, students will be guided through a series of exercises to help them achieve the correct alignment of the pelvis and the hips and understand how to maintain and improve their weight placement through the supporting leg. The class will also explore ports de bras shape and coordination and the dynamics of each step.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

This lesson is also included in the Intensive course for 14+: Series 1 package.

What you will learn

  • Achieve improved pelvic alignment
  • Maintain and improve weight placement through the supporting leg
  • Improve hip placement and alignment
  • Awareness of ports de bras shape and coordination
  • The different dynamics of each step in a physical and artistic approach.

Your Tutors

Belinda Hatley

Artistic Manager of the Development Programme

Belinda Hatley trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet, where she enjoyed a successful career spanning 19 years. She was a First Soloist and her extensive repertoire included roles such as Aurora, Giselle, The Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanilda and Lise.

She attained The Royal Ballet School PDTC teachers’ Diploma with Distinction before joining the staff of the School. Belinda became the Artistic Manager of the Development Programme in 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

This class is recommended for students aged 14+ and reflects the training given to students aged 14-15 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The class is not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 11 years old.

For this class, we recommend that:

  • Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, or if attending full-time vocational training, are studying at Intermediate vocational level or above
  • Students have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can execute a secure double pirouette and maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles are strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Students have good flexibility
  • Allegro can be executed with a clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Students undertaking pointe work should be confident in executing basic pointe exercises.

What do I need to participate?

This class is designed so that it can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teacher’s verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a ballet lesson. Soft ballet shoes should be worn, not pointe shoes
  • The student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part.

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