Unlocking Grace and Strength: The Marvels of Progressing Ballet Technique

Ballet, with its elegance, discipline, and captivating performances, has long been revered as a pinnacle of artistic expression. To achieve mastery in this exquisite art form, dancers undergo years of training, including a focus on technique. In recent years, a revolutionary training method called Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) has gained popularity for its ability to enhance dancers’ strength, alignment, and understanding of ballet techniques. In this blog post, we will explore the wonders of Progressing Ballet Technique and how it is revolutionizing the ballet world, and how this amazing program has started to take the health and wellness industry by storm –not just because it does help to create the strength and flexibility of dancers for non-dancers, but also for the injury prevention of us mere mortals as we try to maintain our freedom of movement in daily living.

1. Building a Strong Foundation:
At the core of PBT lies the emphasis on building a solid foundation in ballet technique. Additionally, you will find that this program also includes a big nod to Pilates, with precision and flowing exercises, lower reps with higher attention to technique. It focuses on strengthening the deep muscles required for correct ballet alignment, stability, and control. PBT uses a combination of exercises, often performed with the aid of props such as resistance bands and balls, to target specific muscle groups and develop the necessary strength and stability for ballet movements.

2. Enhancing Body Awareness and Alignment:
Progressing Ballet Technique places great emphasis on body awareness and alignment, helping dancers understand the correct positioning of their bodies in various ballet movements. This translates into better posture, less back and hip pain, and a sense of feeling taller and stronger by those that practice. By incorporating visual and tactile cues, PBT enables dancers to develop a heightened sense of body awareness, ensuring proper alignment and reducing the risk of injury. This heightened awareness translates into improved technique, fluidity, and grace in their movements.

3. Targeted Conditioning and Injury Prevention:
Dancers are athletes, and like any athlete, they must condition their bodies to meet the physical demands of their art. PBT offers targeted conditioning exercises that strengthen specific muscle groups used in ballet, helping to prevent injuries and promote longevity in a dancer’s career. The controlled and precise movements of PBT enable dancers to develop strength while maintaining proper alignment and technique, reducing the strain on vulnerable areas of the body.

4. Mental Engagement and Artistic Expression:
While PBT focuses on physical strength and technique, it also encourages mental engagement and artistic expression. Similar to a personal yoga practice, PBT helps you to move your mind and your body, once these exercises are learned, it is combined with specific counts found in music, creating a choreography that allows you to be the ballerina you once were or maybe never got the opportunity to be in the past. By combining the technical elements of ballet with the imaginative and expressive qualities of dance, PBT nurtures well-rounded dancers who can convey emotion and tell stories through their movements. It instills a sense of artistry and freedom in dancers, enabling them to explore and push the boundaries of their creative expression.

5. Versatility and Adaptability:
One of the remarkable aspects of PBT is its versatility and adaptability. It can be incorporated into any ballet training curriculum, catering to dancers of all levels and ages. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional, PBT can supplement your existing training, providing an additional layer of strength, precision, and artistry. Its adaptability makes it a valuable tool for dancers looking to refine their technique and take their skills to new heights.


Progressing Ballet Technique is a groundbreaking training method that is transforming the world of ballet. Through its emphasis on building a strong foundation, enhancing body awareness, preventing injuries, and fostering artistic expression, PBT empowers dancers to reach new levels of skill, grace, and artistry. As more dancers and teachers embrace this innovative approach, we can look forward to witnessing the continued evolution and brilliance of ballet. So, lace up your pointe shoes, grab your resistance bands, and embark on a journey of discovery and growth with Progressing Ballet Technique.

Here at Thrive Yoga and Wellness, we offer several opportunities to practice PBT in a group setting each month (with more classes being added!) These classes are included in our regular group classes so you can enjoy them along with your Yoga and Mat Pilates classes! If you would like to get started, we recommend that you take advantage of our two-week introductory package. It allows you to experience all our group classes for a great discount!