Ballet Hero

Dance training requires dedication and repetition. Students need guidance, time, and repetition to accumulate experience and begin to dance with confidence. Communicating the feeling of embodied movement is hard.

Teachers have no method for communicating embodiment directly – instead they rely on gesture, metaphor, and touch. Augmented training tools could help students learn faster.

Mirrored synchronous movements enhanced with live feedback could decrease the initial complexity of learning ballet and provide earlier access to a feeling of embodiment.

Ballet Hero is a garment that incorporates visual feedback inspired by animation techniques that more directly convey the essential movements of ballet. It operates using an Ardunio microcrontroller, and was built using contemporary e-textile materials and techniques.