Ballet Basics –Entry  and Beginner Level Ballet for Adults

Discover the Magic of Ballet: Unleash Your Inner Dancer!

Introducing our exclusive Ballet Basics Courses for Adults – specifically designed to welcome individuals of all abilities and fitness levels who have always dreamed of stepping into the world of ballet. Embrace the joy of ballet in a diverse and welcoming environment where you’re free to express yourself. Our course is open to everyone, regardless of gender, age or fitness level.

 Why Choose Our Inclusive Ballet Course?

Tailored for Beginners

No prior ballet or dance experience? No problem! This course is crafted especially for adults who are new to ballet. You’ll be in the company of fellow beginners, ensuring a comfortable and supportive learning environment. Our program is tailored to meet your unique needs, making it a welcoming space for you to explore movement and creativity.

Adapted for All

Our course is tailored to meet your unique needs, making it a welcoming space for you to explore movement and creativity. Everyone deserves the chance to experience the beauty of dance. Our beginner ballet course is adaptable and accommodating.

Embrace Ballet’s Strength and Grace

This is your opportunity to redefine movement, challenge preconceptions, and experience the joy of ballet, no matter your gender or physical situation. Our course is designed with you in mind, promoting empowerment and growth in a supportive environment.

Passionate and Compassionate Teacher

Meet Marel Eager, our seasoned and compassionate instructor who specializes in teaching individuals with varying abilities. Marel’s patient guidance and understanding will ensure a comfortable and supportive learning environment for you.

Marel Eager, will be your dedicated instructor. After decades of teaching generations of ballet dancers at Halifax at Halifax Dance and Maritime Dance Academy, Marel now only teaches what she is passionate about, and that is YOU – adult beginners. Marel’s genuine love for this art form will make your learning journey enjoyable and rewarding. With her patient guidance, you’ll build a strong foundation and gain confidence with each lesson.

Sunday Serenity in Downtown Halifax

What better way to spend your Sunday evenings than taking time to do something you love? The streets embrace a serene atmosphere with significantly reduced traffic. Enjoy a stress-free outing with the added convenience of free street parking and easily accessible parking spaces, granting you the freedom to explore Halifax’s downtown. Stop at the gorgeous Halifax Central Library and indulge in the coffee shops and culinary delights, shop to your heart’s content before class, making your Sunday a truly relaxed and enjoyable urban escapade.

Holistic Benefits

Ballet isn’t just about dance; it’s a holistic experience that enhances flexibility, posture, coordination, and mental clarity. Discover how the art of ballet can positively impact your overall well-being. Engaging in ballet as an adult offers a range of holistic benefits that extend beyond physical movement. It cultivates a harmonious connection between the body and mind, fostering overall well-being. As you gracefully move through ballet routines, you enhance flexibility, strength, and posture, leading to improved physical alignment and reduced muscle tension. Additionally, the rhythmic patterns and deliberate movements of ballet contribute to heightened body awareness and mindfulness, promoting mental clarity and stress relief. Emotionally, ballet provides a creative outlet for self-expression, boosting confidence and self-esteem. The collaborative nature of group classes fosters social connections, creating a supportive community where friendships thrive. Ultimately, embracing ballet as an adult nurtures your body, mind, and spirit, weaving together a tapestry of health, vitality, and artistic fulfillment.

Friendships Await

Join a community of like-minded adults on this ballet adventure. Together, you’ll share laughs, progress, and a common goal – to embrace the joy of dance.

Ballet Basics Entry Level Course Content:

This Ballet Basics Entry Level Course is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in fundamental ballet techniques, focusing on proper alignment, muscle engagement, and a gradual progression from barre to centre to across the floor exercises.  Each element contributes to building a strong  ballet practice, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the art form. Here is a summary of what you will learn during this course.

Basic Alignment and Muscle Action:

  • Understanding bones and bony points crucial for ballet
  • Mechanics of Turnout
  • Mechanics of Plie
  • Mechanics of Tendu
  • Correct placement of tendu to the side and its importance in all ballet work to the side


  • Demi plie and rise in 1st, 2nd, 5th positions
  • Tendu and Jete en croix 
  • Rond de Jambe endehors with body bends side and flat back
  • Fondu with foot in cou de pied derriere
  • Cou de Pied positions front and back
  • Retire to Retire front and back and Passe retire
  • Grand Battement front and side
  • Arabesque
  • Use of Vaganova turned head in preparation and finish at the barre


  • Port de bras – 1st Vaganova: Breath port de bras from preparatory to demi seconde
  • Use of croisé
  • Temps lie from 1st to 2nd with correct placement of the tendu and 2nd position

Centre and Across Floor:

  • Saute in 1st, 2nd
  • Echappe
  • Polka
  • Galop (chasse) devant and side
  • Triplet with 1st port de bras
  • Balance
  • Ballet walks and runs
  • Temps leve in retire parallel
  • Reverence

Current and Upcoming Beginner Level Ballet Courses

On-Demand Ballet Basics Course

Discover Ballet at Home: A Guided Journey with Follow-Along Lessons with Maria Osende for Adult Beginners

Enroll Today and Step into the World of Ballet!

Don’t let hesitation hold you back. Embrace this unique opportunity to learn ballet from scratch, under the guidance of an experienced teacher who is passionate about introducing newcomers to the art. Unleash your inner dancer, improve your fitness, and make Sunday your favorite day of the week!

Ready to take the leap?

Sign up now or   contact us if you have questions. Remember, it’s never too late to start something new and beautiful. 🩰 You always wanted to try ballet and never did? This is the perfect class for you!

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Weekend Ballet Retreats for Adults with Maria Osende
Enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of ballet, along with wholesome homemade meals, a ballet movie and a bonfire. Meet ballet lovers and create beautiful memories. Adapted classical ballet repertoire and more are part of this exciting weekend. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of dance and community!

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Meet Marel Eager: A Ballet Luminary Shaping Dance Education with Expertise and Passion After earning her BA in Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1973, Marel Eager embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of ballet. Butler Ballet

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