The Benefits of Ballet for Adults

Ballet is dance style that uses most if not all muscles groups, specially  the gluts, legs and feet. You will develop tremendous body awareness and its an excellent cognitive exercise since it requires memorizing steps, coordination, posture and balance.  

The more you practise it,  the more enjoyable it becomes. If you are familiar with yoga or body flow, think of it as a similar feeling but with much more details plus with an inspiring additional  artistic component. You will be moving to beautiful music, aiming for a sensation of elevation and elegance. It’s a wonderful feeling. 

Ballet Classes for Adults

Online Ballet Barre (

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS LIVE ON ZOOM OR ON-DEMAND

  • 9.30 AM ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME 
  • 8.30 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME

Beginner Ballet 1 Course from Flamenco and Ballet Maria Osende on Vimeo.

SKILL: Basic Ballet Knowledge (ballet posture, arm and feet positions, and basic concepts such as plié, tendu, jeté, pas de vals, port de bras)
COURSE CONTENT: 15 classes
INTENSITY: MILD to MODERATE
CLASS TYPE: Recorded Zoom Classes

Content:
Warm up video (11 minutes) for you to do before each class

Beginner Ballet Level 1

Students at this level have some knowledge such as the correct body placement; the 5 feet and arm positions and the terms: plié, tendu ,”en dehors', jeté and relevé at the barre.

About this Course
This course contains fifteen 30 minute-long lessons that gradually develop your basic ballet skills and introduce you to new terminology and concepts.

The classes are recordings from a one-time Zoom Online Course offered during March and April of 2021. Classes took place twice a week. The students were primarily middle aged adults. The pace is adjusted to their development. At times the students ask questions and corrections are given.

All of them had taken my "Ballet Basics" course prior to this one, which run January-February.

Who is this course created for?

Adults who learned the basics and are interested in moving on to the next level.

Adults who took ballet in the past, either a long time ago or started recently;

Adult beginner ballet dance students interested in a slow class focused on technique, correct execution and detail.

Ballet Basics
If you are completely new to ballet I recommend you take my on demand “Ballet Basics” first. It contains sixteen, 30 minute minute-long lessons and goes in deep detail on the muscle groups you need to engage when doing ballet, the feet and arm positions. It will also prep your body, tone your muscles, especially your feet and your turn out (en dehors).

Terminology and steps covered on this course:
(besides the basics from previous "Ballet Basics: such as plie, 5 positions, tendu, jeté)
Cou-de-pied
Retiré passé
Battement en cloche
Rond de Jambe par terre
Fondu
Port de bras with body bends
Pique
Simple pas de bourree and pas de bourree sur le cou-de-pied
Pirouettes en dehors and en dedans
Combination to practise: vals, temps lies and pas de bourrees
Petit sauté in first position

RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO TAKE THIS COURSE

Schedule regular time slots in your weekly routine. For example:

- twice a week (2 lessons per week). This is how it was originally designed. Ideally choose the same time every week at the start, middle or end of your day. It will take about 2 months. Repeat lessons when needed.

- Thrice a week (3 lessons per week), for example Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
- Weekends: if you are doing the lessons back to back, you might at times what to repeat the same lesson twice, so you would do one lesson per week.

TIP: the more you repeat the lessons, the better. Ballet takes time. Just because you do a lesson or understand a concept, it doesn't mean your body can do it. This is why professional ballet dancers do ballet barre every single day. It's a routine, a journey.

I hope you enjoy the course. I would appreciate it if you let me know if you liked it or if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Maria

In-Person Ballet Classes (ongoing)

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS LIVE OR ZOOM OR ON-DEMAND

  • 9.30 AM ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME 
  • 8.30 AM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
  • 1.30pm UK
  • 14h EUROPE

Ballet Basics On-demand Entry Level Course

Beginner Ballet 1 On-demand Course