Adult Ballet Class
For one hour on Thursday nights, I get to just be me. No making decisions, no asking me for juice, no pulling on my shirt. Not “Mom.” Not “Honey.” Just beautiful music and a barre. Adult Ballet Class.
Ballet has always been a great love of mine.
The structure of the steps. The discipline of your body alignment. The beautiful lines your body creates in each pose.
I’ve been taking Ballet since I was about 10 years old, but took a couple of years off when I got married and had kids. As I started to get to a place where I was eating healthy again, I wanted to also tone my body up. An adult Ballet class seemed like the perfect solution.
Ballet as an Adult
Since it had been at least 6 years since I’d been in a dance studio, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Did I have to wear a leotard and tights? Was I going to be completely out-of-place since I was so out of shape? Would I remember all the steps?
I really didn’t need to worry. An adult Ballet class is definitely different from a class your daughter or son may take. There’s a more relaxed feel, since none of us are going to grow up to be ballerinas. There’s also more of an emphasis on getting a good workout. We’re not preparing for a show (although some studios do let their adult students perform,) so there’s nothing to memorize. We’re all there for a common goal of feeling better about our bodies, while enjoying the beauty of the movement.
Another great thing about an Adult Ballet class is that there isn’t any experience required. There are adults of every level, and you can work as hard as you want to. That’s the beauty of Ballet. There’s always something to work on, no matter how basic the step.
So, as part of my Fitness Friday series, I really want to let you know what you can expect from a Ballet class workout.
What to Expect from an Adult Ballet Class
1. Expect to sweat.
Ballet is hard. It’s the backbone of every other form of dance, so it gives you a great foundation for all kinds of movement. Your body will be in positions that it’s not used to, and you’ll use muscles you didn’t even know you had.
2. Ballet is all about Toning and Strength
You are using your own body as resistance, so you will be building long, lean muscles. No worries about bulky ones. You’ve seen Ballet dancers’ bodies, right? While there are jumps and spins, there are also breaks between each exercise, so it’s not really a cardio workout.
3. The Barre is your Friend
You will start the class, and actually do most of it, holding onto a Ballet Barre. Be careful not to grip it too tightly. It’s just there for extra support. It is not there to hold you up.
4. Remember to Breathe
Ballet involves a lot of core work, which means you are focused on your inner stomach muscles. Just because you are pulling up and in, does not mean you should stop breathing. Be conscious of your breath and relax. While these positions and movements may be new to you, you will get used to them. You don’t want to tense up in each position or movement or you’ll really be sore.
5. Let your inner Ballerina out
While you’re getting a great workout, remember to have fun. I love how graceful ballet makes me feel, and I often forget I’m in a classroom when I’m there. I usually picture myself up on a stage somewhere. In a Tutu, of course.
If you’re too afraid to try a class in a studio, there are plenty of Ballet workout DVD’s available too. I have the best partner at home.
I hope you’ll consider taking a Ballet class at least once in your life. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s great for your mind too. You get to think about steps, positions, and your body’s alignment…and NOTHING else. It’s a great escape from your everyday life.
In addition to my Ballet class, I’ve been walking A LOT while pushing the twins in their stroller, plus doing some fitness DVD’s. I will be sharing my favorite Yoga DVD with you next Friday, so I hope you’ll come and join me.