The 7 Best Online Ballet Classes of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Dancio - Ballet With Lauren King

Dancio

Dancio

Ballet dancers looking to maintain a daily practice on their terms will like the flexibility and affordability of Dancio’s streaming service.

Focused primarily on ballet, Dancio also offers contemporary and modern classes. The popularity of their platform comes from the instructor’s ability to cue and demonstrate combinations while also teaching them to the student assistants in the class.

Our pick for best overall online class goes to Ballet with Lauren King—a 56-minute class taught by the New York City Ballet soloist and demonstrated by her two assistants. King takes dancers through a challenging sequence of exercises at the barre and center floor. The classical combinations are intricately choreographed and set to upbeat music with King cueing every step of the way. This structured class is aimed at intermediate to advanced levels.

Dancio offers a free, 14-day trial to try out the classes and learn from expert ballet instructors like Julie Kent, Craig Hall, Carlos Lopez, and Lauren King. After the trial is up, a monthly membership will cost you about $16. If you’re not ready to commit to a monthly subscription, you can try an a la carte rental for about $5.

Best for Beginners: Kathryn Morgan - Beginner Pointe Class

Kathryn Morgan

Kathryn Morgan

As a professional ballet dancer and soloist with Miami City Ballet, Kathryn Morgan is one of the top online ballet instructors.

Her YouTube channel features over 300 free videos, covering everything from ballet tips and technique to workouts, targeted exercises, and more. She is known for her detailed instructions, on-point cues, and full-out demonstrations.

One of her most viewed classes is also our top pick for beginners. In this 34-minute introductory class, you will learn technique, footwork, and exercises to build strength, skill, and confidence at the barre. Although the class is geared toward beginners, all levels of pointe will enjoy this workout. And since you never leave the barre, this is an excellent course for anyone with limited space at home. If you like this one, you’ll want to check out Morgan's beginner pointe lessons.

Morgan’s classes are free on YouTube, but she also offers private lessons and live online classes through her website that are perfect for home-study. Check out the schedule on her website to learn more about class times and fees.

Best for Kids: The Ballet Coach - Kids Ballet Primary Level 1

The Ballet Coach

The Ballet Coach

English National Ballet School-trained dancer Sarah De-Feu, aka The Ballet Coach, teaches free Facebook Live and YouTube ballet classes for dancers of all ages and skill levels.

Best known for her teaching ability with little ones, De-Feu also offers classes for teens, adults, and seniors. From Little One’s Ballet for kids aged 2 to 5 all the way up to Grandmas and Grandpas Gentle Movement and Stretching, De-Feu clearly puts a lot of time into planning and setup for each class.

Our pick from The Ballet Coach is the Kids Ballet Primary Level 1 class. This 31-minute beginner lesson is appropriate for ages 5 to 7. Like all of her other classes, this lesson is well-paced and taught with clear cues. Her directions are age-appropriate, and students will love how engaging and enthusiastic she is throughout the entire class. Plus, the music is a lot of fun.

The Ballet Coach offers classes on Facebook Live and YouTube. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel to receive updates and notifications when she loads a new class, or follow her on Instagram for daily updates and schedules.

Best for Cardio Ballet: The Ballet Spot - Cardio Ballet Series

The Ballet Spot

The Ballet Spot

The Ballet Spot offers 30 weekly Ballet@Home interactive live stream classes, all taught by professional dancers. The lessons range from cardio ballet and barre to stretch, dance sculpt, broadway ballet, and more. All courses are taught by professional dancers.

Dancers looking to add some variety to their training can try the Cardio Ballet series. This class, taught by studio owner Eliza Tollett, will take you through a sequence of traditional ballet footwork for precision, followed by a series of jumps to increase your heart rate and boost calorie burn.

New students can try two livestreams for the price of one or three days of unlimited livestream classes for roughly $21. No prior dance experience is needed for any of their classes. All you need for class is a little bit of space and the free Zoom app.

The Ballet Spot also offers rentals of class recordings for about $5 each with a 24-hour rental agreement or around $25 per week for unlimited, on-demand access. Check out the website for a full schedule of classes.

Best for Tricky Footwork: Dance Plug - Love U Crazy

DancePlug

DancePlug

Designed for dancers of all backgrounds, Dance Plug offers easy-to-follow tutorials and classes appropriate for all skill levels. In addition to ballet classes, you’ll get access to over 600 videos for styles like contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz-funk, tap, and more.

Love U Crazy, taught by choreographer and dancer, Kelby Brown requires precision, mastery of challenging footwork, and the ability to move quickly on your toes. Plus, the music is upbeat and moves at a faster tempo, which makes this class challenging and on-point for intermediate-level dancers.

In addition to the tricky footwork you’ll learn in Love U Crazy, the Dance Plug classes cover combinations, basic steps, and technique exercises, such as pivots, grand jumps, basic tendu, passé, and more. The platform allows for speed control, slow motion, split screens, rewinds, section markers, captions, and more. Dance Plug offers both barre and center floor work.

Dance Plug offers four subscription plans: a monthly one for about $29, a three-month one for roughly $80, a six-month option for around $154, and a 12-month offering for approximately $298.

Best for Ballet Barre: The Lazy Dancer Studio - Advanced Ballet Barre to Do at Home

The Lazy Dancer Studio

The Lazy Dancer Studio

The Lazy Dancer Studio offers classes for all levels, from beginners to professional dancers, on its studio app. Beginners will gain confidence and strength, while advanced ballet dancers will learn new ways to perfect their pointe, the correct way to do splits, and more.

Ballet instructor Alessia Lugoboni offers free classes on her YouTube channel, so you can try before you buy. The Advanced Ballet Barre is a 37-minute intense class designed for dancers at the intermediate level and above who want to improve their fitness and skills at the barre. The class combines upper and lower bodywork set to classical ballet music that flows through slow, precise movements and works up to a faster-paced sequence of steps.

When you join the online platform, you will have access to classical ballet classes, pre-pointe work, ballet-inspired workouts, ballet fitness, and a full library of videos specifically designed to help you perfect your technique. Classes range in length from about 45 minutes to over an hour.

The Lazy Dancer Studio offers three subscription plans: a monthly one for about $25, an annual prepaid plan for roughly $239 (or $20 per month), or a lifetime membership for around $997. You can download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

Best for Building Confidence: MasterClass - Misty Copeland Technique and Artistry Master Class

MasterClass

MasterClass

Slightly different than the other classes included in this roundup, this almost two-hour master class features Misty Copeland, the first African American Female Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theater.

Copeland takes dancers through 17 mini-lessons that cover confidence as a ballet dancer, different ballet methods, how to work with choreographers, an alignment checklist, and how she prepares for a performance.

The video lessons also include instruction in barre techniques, partner dancing, and solo variations. Through honest and poignant conversations, Copeland gives dancers a glimpse into the life of a professional ballet dancer and the philosophy that’s helped her through challenges.

MasterClass is an online education- and subscription-based platform that offers classes on a variety of topics including dance, arts, entertainment, food, music, and more. You will need to pay for an All-Access Pass (about $180 per year or $15 per month) to view Copeland’s Masterclass, as well as the other courses featured by over 85 experts.

How We Chose the Best Online Ballet Classes

Our picks for the best online ballet classes are a mix of free- and subscription-based classes taught by expert instructors and professional ballet dancers. We considered cost, technique, instructors, and how intuitive the lessons were when creating this list. We included classes for little ones with the Kids Primary Ballet class, while Ballet with Lauren King and Love U Crazy topped the list of most challenging classes for intermediate to advanced levels.

The Misty Copeland MasterClass veers slightly from the format of the other offerings since it combines 17 short video lessons that cover everything from dance instruction and tips to how she hopes to inspire other ballet dancers. You can view all of the ballet classes we chose on a phone, tablet, computer or, TV.

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