The Happy Ballet Revolution

Exercise should be a happy experience not a chore, it should be part of every day life and be something to look forward to, an endorphin boosting, happy place to be.  For some people the gym lights their fire, for others it’s jogging, cycling, aerobics etc.  I love hard work but I want it wrapped up in layers of beautiful movement, inspiring music, stretching, strengthening, classroom camaraderie with like minded souls.  It puts a smile on my face, makes me walk a little taller, tones me up and burns a few calories too.  And if it doesn’t already I’d rather like it to put a smile on your face too.

Snuggling up on the sofa every night to watch our favourite programmes, whilst scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and the many enticing websites where we love to shop is all so enjoyably addictive but maybe our bodies deserve a night out and a new reward.  That’s very easy to say but it really has got to be worth our exhausted, overworked while to get us up off our ever so comfy sofa and out of the house.  Adult ballet can be the answer if the teacher is good and the environment friendly.  It can turn into a joyful addiction, a passionate affair, the highlight of the week.  So many people can’t be wrong and ballet is just going to get more and more popular.  Just you watch!

The Happy Ballet Revolution is happening right now! Shout it from the rooftops! “I dance because I love it, I am not competing with anyone I am simply trying to be the best me!” “It doesn’t matter what age, shape or size I am.  Ballet makes me happy!”

All you need is a little enthusiasm, kindness and encouragement towards your fellow classmates, an interest in self development and learning.

For the adult beginner or return againer a little online research should find you some local classes to choose from.  Course or drop in class?  Mixed ability/beginners only/inter-advanced class?  Find out what suits you.  Anything new can be so daunting and any excuse to snuggle back next to the dog/cat/partner/big squishy cushion on the sofa should be dodged at all costs so research is key.

Right, you’ve found a teacher that appeals and the class suitable for your ability.  Jackpot!  The rest is up to you.  Go and light that flame in your heart!


Begin Againers – Just enjoy it!

It might feel like starting all over again but I’m a strong believer that your muscles remember.  Your soul remembers the joy, ecstacy and frustration too.  It can be a full body and soul awakening.  Ahh I’m getting carried away again!

You’ve been back to your first class and all those childhood memories come flooding back.  The joy but also the frustration too.  Well I say… let the bad memories go.  You’re back in class for you, not for exams or to be shouted at, not to be told you’re not good enough or that you must wear a certain uniform…no way!  Now you can just enjoy it.  The striving for self improvement can be at your own pace, the emotive music can make your heart sing, there are a group of like minded souls all around you just trying to improve themselves with no need to compete with you.  How refreshing!

OK maybe you used to be rather good and you fear you won’t be half the dancer you used to be.  All I can say is get over it, you’re on a different path now.  Some of us creative types can be rather sensitive about this but you can get so much out of class.  Your body remembers.  Just lower your legs and take time to turn out!  I’ll say that again, TAKE TIME TO TURN OUT!  Even if you’ve warmed up well (oh and please warm up well! I incorporate warm ups at the beginning of my classes but many don’t.) don’t over push your turn out, your knees will hurt if your legs and feet and in fact your whole body needs time to build up enough strength to maintain the positions.  Rolling in or out will hurt you.  Be kind to yourself, it will come and you’ll see a real difference in a few weeks.  Patience is the only way.

Maybe you only went to ballet until you were 8 years old or so, until it got too intense or horse riding turned your head or maybe your teacher was one of the old school dragons who crushed your spirit so you gave up.  Now it’s time to hear the call of the adult ballet class.  It’s fun, you choose how hard you want to work, how much or little you want to be pushed/corrected/encouraged and you know what?  You can leave if you don’t like it and try another class. There are plenty about.

Once you’ve got a couple of classes under your belt you should feel a little more pulled in and up, walking taller and a little achey from new muscles being used.

This is just the beginning of your journey.  Happy Dancing! xxx