Begin ballet as an adult
By Adrienne Warber
Is it too late to begin ballet if you are an adult? It is never too late learn ballet. Adults of all ages and fitness levels are discovering the benefits of ballet exercise for overall health and fitness. Adult ballet classes are growing in popularity as an exercise option. Taking a ballet class can be a fun way to exercise and improve flexibility.
Many people think there are age restrictions to starting ballet or that you need a certain level of physical fitness to pursue it. You can learn ballet at any age and fitness level. You don’t need to be naturally flexible to participate either. The dance movements will improve your flexibility. Ballet can be a lifelong activity.
Types of Adult Ballet Classes
There are two types of adult ballet classes – workout and technique. The trend for ballet exercise to gain a dancer fit body has led to many ballet barre workout classes for adults. If you truly want to learn ballet technique, inquire about the class curriculum before enrolling to make sure you are in a technique-focused class rather than a ballet workout one.
Adult ballet classes are sometimes hard to find. Some studios invite adult students to join their teen beginner and intermediate classes. Other studios offer true adult ballet classes for people over 18. Many of the adult ballet classes are mixed level, with students ranging from beginner to intermediate. Sometimes, the mixed level adult classes may also include advanced dancers. Teachers of mixed level classes are mindful of teaching to each level in the class. Mixed level classes may seem intimidating at first to a beginner, but they can also be inspiring because you can learn from the more advanced dancers dancing beside you. You may even learn more than you would in an all beginner class.
Dance studios may offer adult ballet classes in an open recreational program or as a regular part of their season with an option to participate in their recital. In open recreational programs, the tuition is often less than the child/teen rate, and may be offered in a punch card system. Punch card systems typically allow you to purchase 10 classes per card, and give you greater flexibility in case you can’t commit to an entire semester. Most adult ballet classes are 60 minutes (one hour) long, but some studios offer 75 or 90 minute classes.
Call dance studios in your area to find out if they offer adult ballet classes or allow adults to enroll in teen beginner ballet classes. Even if a studio doesn’t currently offer an adult class, express your interest in one and they may consider adding one in the future. Some studios may also offer private lessons to adult ballet students even if classes aren’t available.
Succeeding in Adult Ballet Class
You can learn ballet and learn it well whether you can barely touch your toes, or have almost achieved your splits when you first enter a ballet class. Ballet exercise can offer health benefits, such as improved muscle strength and greater flexibility, to people of all fitness levels and ages. Attending each class, listening to the teacher, putting forth your best effort, and practicing at home will help you progress. Everyone progresses in ballet at different rates, but any progress is a success. Celebrate each success and keep working. If you work hard and keep attending ballet classes regularly, you will be amazed at how much you will learn over time.