Ballet Dancing For Exercise

Ballet Dancing For Exercise

A lot of people phone me as adults wanting to start ballet classes and always ask if it is too late to start. I always tell them it is never too late, and anybody can benefit by learning the art of Classical Ballet.

Anybody old or young can learn ballet and reap the benefits. Although for most a career in professional ballet dancing will be out of reach, there is still a lot that you can get from attending a regular ballet class.

Here is a list of just some of the benefits you will enjoy by learning the art of classical ballet.

1. A ballet class will give you a great all over workout. You will gain strong and toned muscles, as well as see an improvement in your fitness levels. You will also improve your flexibility, which is important as you get older.

2. Your brain will also enjoy a good workout, as it takes tremendous concentration to try and get the technique right, as well as think of what steps to do next.

3. Dancing is a great stress reliever, and it will transport you away from your problems.

4. Your poise, posture and alignment will be improved, and you will walk taller and learn to hold your body correctly.

5. You get to feel like a princess for an hour, and you can let your imagination fly.

6. Last but not least, it is far more fun (and hard work) than going to the gym.

When you start to take a ballet class, you need to ask yourself what your goals are going to be. Do you want to do exams, progress to pointe shoes, or merely do it for fun and exercise. There are plenty of resources that you can purchase on the net to supplement your learning, and you can use these to practice at home.

Although as an adult you may be allowed to attend class in your gym wear, it is always better to purchase ballet gear as this will make you feel like a dancer and perform better. The teacher will also be able to see if your muscles are working correctly. A leotard, tights, a chiffon skirt and ballet shoes should suffice.

Now is the time to take that first step and start ballet lessons like you have always wanted to. Don’t sit on the fence, or you will spend your life wishing that you had taken that leap into the wonderful world of ballet.

Michel Maling has been in dancing all her life. She currently runs a dance studio in Port Elizabeth. For more ballet food, visit her blog at

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