How safe is it for a person who didn't have ANY training in ballet (and knows it only from watching live or recorded performances) to try to teach a child (4-5 years old) some essentials of ballet by watching an instructional video? I am not thinking about turning it into serious classes but trying to introduce a kid to basic ballet steps in order to see if she really is as interested in it as she says. My sister, the girl's mother, tried to sign her for ballet classes but now, with the summer holidays coming, all courses are closed. I will be visiting them in the summer and thought of spending some time on teaching my niece some basic stuff. How likely is it that my lack of formal training will affect her and that she may acquire some bad habits that will be hard to eradicate later? If so, what do you recommend as an "introduction" for such a child? We've been playing together a lot of ballet scenes (she really is hooked on ballet and watches ballet DVDs whenever she can), with her trying to immitate some ballet poses and me supporting her and lifting. It was a great fan and for me a great way of bonding with my niece whom I see only once a year.
I found a DVD called "Ballet 101 - A Beginner's Class" at amazon.com but I have no idea if it can be helpful in such an undertaking?
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Edited by Ariodante, 27 April 2005 - 10:47 AM.