How to Appreciate the Ballet

Got ballet tickets? Learn to appreciate and enjoy the performance with these steps.

You will need

  • A ticket to a ballet performance
  • Internet access
  • A book on ballet (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)

Step 1 Prepare Prepare for the performance by learning about the ballet you will see. Visit the ballet company’s web site, or do an internet search. Some ballets tell a story, while others are abstract works where the dancing itself is the point.

Step 2 Arrive early Arrive at the theater early. Be seated 15 minutes before the performance begins so you can read the program notes. They usually include information about the ballet as well as dancer biographies.

Step 3 Observe technique Observe the technical capabilities of the dancers. Ballet dancers train intensively from childhood to attain flexibility, line, and strength for turns and jumps.

Step 4 Look at the choreography Watch the choreography, or the movements and patterns. Choreographers use elements of space, speed and rhythm, dynamics and energy, and structure to create ballets.

Step 5 Listen to the music Listen to the music. In a ballet performance, the dancers respond to the music, and the choreography enhances the way you hear the music.

Step 6 Pay attention to background Pay attention to the costumes, scenery, and lighting design. ¬Whether elaborate or simple, they should enhance the visual experience of ballet.

Step 7 Relax and enjoy Don’t stress about understanding the ballet. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience in your own way.