Have you ever wanted to take a ballet class? Perhaps you danced as a child, or maybe your parents never had the time or resources to enroll you in class. Whatever the case, adult ballet classes are gaining popularity, and adults just like you are welcome.
Here’s 5 reasons adults should take ballet:
- It’s a beautiful art form.
Ballet teaches students grace and poise. After all, it was originally performed in the royal court! You will learn movements to classical music that will help your posture, coordination, and introduce you to a rich artistic culture. Adult ballet is not only a great place to get in shape, but it’s full of inspiration to explore.
- It’s good exercise.
If you’re tired of traditional aerobics, ballet is a great alternative. Ballet technique works all your major muscle groups, providing a well-rounded workout. It boosts circulation, increases flexibility, and helps you to develop core strength. But don’t worry—a typical adult ballet class is not very intensive. While ballet technique is not easy, you will build up your stamina and strength through progressive exercises that systematically work the entire body from head to toe. Unlike sports activities that are strictly mechanical, ballet allows you to connect with your body and improve your health through beautiful movements and combinations.
- It’s not a high-pressure environment.
Adult ballet class is geared to students ages 18 and up. Unfortunately, many adults hesitate to try ballet because they’re afraid they will look silly. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is absolutely no pressure to pursue a professional career. Whether you want to learn something new, embrace the challenge, or simply unwind in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, there is a spot for you in adult ballet class.
- It’s reasonably priced.
Adults don’t have to pay the typical tuition of an intense training program. Most dance schools and studios offer class cards, or punch cards. While you have the option of dropping in for a single class, discounts are given when you purchase a class card of 5 or more classes. Adult ballet classes tend to range from $10-15 a class. Purchasing a class card online on the school’s website, or in person at the studio, is the most cost effective option that saves you time and money.
- You don’t have to wear a tutu.
No, you don’t have to wear a tutu in adult ballet class. While the traditional ballet student wears a leotard and tights, you can forgo the spandex as long as your outfit allows you to move freely. Many adult students prefer to wear comfortable exercise clothes like yoga pants and a tank top. Although adult ballet class does not require a strict dress code, it is a sign of respect to wear properly fitted ballet shoes, and have your hair pulled back. Otherwise, don’t stress about having to look like the perfect bun head in class.
Not only does ballet provide physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but socially, you have the opportunity to meet others that share your same interests. Adult ballet is a great way to interact with others, and will help you grow as a person and an artist.
About the Author
Bethany Leger taught ballet for 7 years in Dallas, TX. She is the founder of Ballet For Adults, a site dedicated to educating adults about ballet at BalletForAdults.com.