5 Things Ballet Taught Me

Ballet lessons prepared me for life. Here’s how.

My favorite thing to do in ballet class was to leap across the room as gracefully as possible.

For several years throughout my childhood, I attended ballet lessons.


I danced through dozens of ballet shoes and costumes and performed in numerous on-stage performances.


The beauty of ballet spoke to me, and I was grateful to be introduced to it early on in life. I stopped taking classes right before transitioning to pointe. That’s when I enrolled in basketball and softball and eventually went on to become a fast-pitch softball pitcher. But my roots in ballet have been instrumental at every point and turn in my life.

Here are 5 key things ballet taught me:

  • Grace

  • Practice

  • Discipline and diligence

  • Confidence (Stand up tall, look up, heart up.)

  • Patience with myself and others

My experience with ballet was really the door to what would eventually become the beginning of my yoga path a decade later. Today, I step on my mat to practice grace, discipline, confidence and patience thanks to my ballet background. From first position to fifth position, I am grateful ballet is part of my foundation.

Practice It: Try a Ballet Class

Attend an in-person or virtual ballet class or follow along with a video. Encourage a friend or partner to take class with you.

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