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.

Ballet is for everybody, whatever your age or ability, as long as you enjoy moving to music.

During a ballet class, every joint in the body is put through its full range of movement.

Ballet is a worldwide thing, so wherever you are in the world you can find a ballet class and join in.

Why is it good for me?

Ballet can help to improve your posture, balance, flexibility, core strength, leg strength, and physical coordination.

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!

How much does it cost?

Cost varies between schools and classes. Find one near you and ask about their rates.

What equipment do I need?

Comfortable clothes and a pair of soft ballet shoes which cost around £10.