Beautiful, incomparable Ballet.
Is it magic of the body, or just razor thin girls pulling impossible positions and men in tights?
It's all that! And a lot in between.
It can be fantastic exercise and hone your body like no other dance can. It can also injure you in a variety of ways, some of which you can only imagine and all of which are howlingly painful.
It's a lot of sweat and hard work. But is it worth it? Absolutely.
And are you ever too old to learn Ballet? NO!
We'll prove it, with clips of our Ballet for Adult Beginners program which you can follow right here online...
Of all the dances you can attend classes in, Ballet dancing seems to be the one that people most admire, and yet stay furthest away from.
It is seen as necessarily exclusive – the world of the privileged few. It is the dance that fascinates the most and yet includes the fewest.
And perhaps this is because of the huge MYTH surrounding classical dance which is that, unless you learn it from a very young age, you can't participate, other than as a spectator. This is absolutely untrue. It is for everyone.
So let's explode a few of those myths right now…
Have you come across this? You confesses that you'd like to learn a bit of Ballet, and some 'friend' shoots your dreams down in flames.
Why are people critical of adults learning classical dance? We have no answer for you – it's just a bunch of preconceptions at work. We've seen it a thousand times.
But isn't this completely
illogical? Let us demonstrate...
When you confess (at any age) to wanting take up the piano (or any musical instrument), this usually happens…
You won't hear anybody mocking you, or saying things like
"Why? You're never going to perform on stage at Carnegie Hall, so what's the point?"
No, you generally get positive, supportive feedback.
Same thing applies to taking up hobbies like drawing, for example. This is how it usually works out…
Note that the friend doesn't turn on you with
"You? Watercolours? It's not like you're ever going to exhibit at the Guggenheim, is it?".
No, it just doesn't happen like that. Most people will be encouraging of you trying new hobbies.
That's because most people can differentiate between you wanting to do something for fun, for relaxation, and something that you are tackling in a professional capacity.
So why, (Why? WHY?) do a lot of people mock those wanting to take up Ballet later in life? Not to make a career out of it, not with delusions of performing on stage at Covent Garden, just because it appeals to you as a pleasant way of spending some of your spare time.
We don't know. But sadly, instead of the gentle support, interest and encouragement you'll get for taking up practically any other hobby, this is the reaction you'll frequently get when you're thinking about taking up Ballet…
Or this one…
So we are here. We'll support you. We'll encourage you. We'll even make sure you can take your first class in private so you can have a go and no-one will see your first attempts, not a teacher or other pupils. Just you, in a fine class that'll school you in all the basics. You'll then find the confidence to join your local class with poise. And you'll also be able to answer back to those naysayers who think classical dancing is only for young skinny girls.
And one day, maybe one day, people will come to realize what a brilliant hobby it is. They'll appreciate it's an excellent way to keep fit. They'll admire the wonderful, graceful posture that regular classes gives you. And then, this will happen…
We can dream. You don't have to. Your first class is waiting for you to join in with right now…
It's time you peaked behind the curtain.
Welcome to the wonderful world of adult Ballet. It's a world that can include YOU; big, small, tall, short, young or old.
Most teachers love to teach adult beginners Ballet. As a result, there are many, many excellent classes for adults out there.
And it is one of the best exercises ever. Get your dancing slippers on and give it a try.
Our individual sections here will tell you in great detail everything you need to know about learning the style and then going to your first class.
And - just as important - there are plenty of tips on what to avoid as well as what to look for in a good class.
It's foolproof – every bit of information you could possibly need is here.
We'll gently guide you through all the basic positions, give you a demonstration of good posture and loads of insider tips and tricks on what to wear, what the barre is all about and lots more.
And you'll be able to try out a few clips from our unique adult beginners class, to help you get the hang of some of the basic steps, (which also allows you to peek inside an adult's lesson to see what it's really like).
You can make excellent progress in a well taught adult class.
And even if you decide not to stick with it, it's fantastic grounding for practically every other type of dance style.
It teaches you the fundamentals of balance and posture.
So many dance moves come from it, there is barely a dancer of any discipline who hasn't studied at least some classical dance. You'll hear its terms used in every other dance you can think of, from Hip Hop to Flamenco.
And best of all, it's a wonderful workout.
So there's no excuse not to give it a go.