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What is it?

Ballet is known by most people as something that you watch, that is done by impossibly skinny, bendy people. In fact, ballet is something everyone can do for fitness and much more. It’s too valuable to be left to the professionals!

Ballet is for everybody – at least, anyone who likes to move to music. Whatever your age or physical condition, you can improve what you have. Your posture will start to improve on the first day; your balance will be better within a few weeks, and while flexibility and strength take longer, improvements to both can be achieved over time. During a ballet class, every joint in the body is put through its full range of movement.

Why is it good for me?

Ballet gives you better posture, better balance, flexibility, core strength, leg strength, and physical co-ordination. The less obvious benefits are to your memory, as you memorise short sequences during the class, and to your musical sense. There is really no such thing as ‘ballet music’, because teachers can use any kind of music, and they do!

Ballet is a worldwide thing, so wherever you are in the world you can find a ballet class and join in. You won’t look like the greatest dancer in the world, but that is how you’ll feel!

How much does it cost?

This varies, but ballet is very cheap compared to a lot of other forms of exercise. There are dance schools all over the country, and many of them already have adult classes, so there’s bound to be one not far from you.

What equipment do I need?

Nothing except a pair of soft ballet shoes costing £10 or less, and comfortable clothes.