I went to my first ballet class when I was six years old in a small church hall in a town called Peebles. Since then I have been hooked. I’ve started and stopped over the years, with things like university and work getting in the way but one thing I’ve found is that without ballet, I start to go wonky. My body and my soul! I need to dance.
The great thing about an adult ballet class is that no one takes it too seriously. There is (generally) no scary teacher, you don’t have to wear your hair in a bun, it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes, mainly you’re there for fun and self improvement.
1. Improves Posture
Good posture means that your bones are supporting you in the correct way and alleviates strain on the muscles.
2. Improves flexibility
Improved flexibility has all sorts of health benefits. It can relieve back pain and prevent injury.
3. Boosts Confidence
Although it can be nerve wracking at first, as you get to know the steps and the faces around you, joining a dance class really does boost your confidence.
4. Stress Release
Dancing always releases stress! There is so much to think about in ballet that you literally have no room in your head for anything else. Sometimes I don’t feel in the mood, but I know that once I’m in there I’ll forget whatever’s going on in my life and have 90 minutes (or so) of full presence.
5. Make New Friends
It may take a few weeks for people to start chatting to you but it always happens sooner or later. You can break the ice by asking about a step or compliment someone on their leotard (and no, you don’t have to wear a leotard!)
6. Full Body Toning
Ballet is hard. It tones you everywhere.
7. Builds Strength
Again, ballet is hard. You will get stronger!
8. Improves Memory
Learning steps quickly is something that requires practice. The pace of the class will vary with the level and with practice, you will find yourself picking up steps quicker and quicker.
9. Performance Opportunities
Hello Diva! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE performing. There is nothing quite like the build up to a show, the anticipation of being back stage, the costume rehearsal, the lighting checks, the bond you form with your fellow dancers. The thrill of finally being on stage. I love it all.
10. Wear a Tutu
Where else are you going to have a valid reason to prance around in a tutu?
The great part is, you can dance whatever age you are and it’s never too late to start.
I plan on dancing forever!