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Passion for ballet


If you are an adult, then this is not at all a reason to transfer your childhood dream of dancing ballet to the category of the impossible. Although the chance that you can achieve a high level sufficient to participate in professional productions is small (although history knows such examples), ballet as a hobby can be a great activity for a person of any age.

Ballet lessons for adults Moscow is a great way to keep yourself in good physical shape, develop and maintain flexibility and have a great time with like-minded people. In this article you will find information about where to start your ballet classes.

Rate your fitness. Make sure nothing obstructs serious ballet loads. As with any other form of exercise, sport, or workload in life, you must know exactly what you can master and what not. If you have any doubts - it is better to consult a doctor. There are a lot of stretching exercises in the ballet to develop flexibility, so if you have any health problems that prevent such stress, then before you start classes, you need to consult a professional and notify your ballet school.

Pick the right dance school. Many ballet schools offer classes for adults of different levels of training: from absolute beginners and those who once studied ballet and would like to refresh their skills, to advanced and semi-professional dancers. There is absolutely no point in trying to attend classes for children, because you will feel uncomfortable and very awkward compared to the natural flexibility and grace of children. Talk with the teacher, tell him / her about your level of dance training, and he / she will help you decide what classes to take. In most dance schools, there is always at least one group for adults without dancing experience, and if there is none, invite them to open it! Remember that adult dance classes are usually held in the evenings or during the day so that you can catch them after work.

Buy the right clothes. In the first lesson, you don’t need a tutu, but a good sports leotard, tight tights for sports and a wrap cardigan will come in handy immediately. If you will buy all this in a specialized dance store, then get ready to pay a tidy sum for your dance outfit! Such things are usually pretty well done, so they will last a long time. Although you can always start practicing in a simple sports uniform or even just in a T-shirt and sweatpants, you don’t need to spend money on special clothes for ballet until you are absolutely sure that these classes are suitable for you.

Pick the right shoes. Ballet would not be ballet without pointe shoes, so the right shoes here are not worth saving. Buy quality leather or fabric pointe shoes. It is important to first ask your ballet school which pointe shoes you prefer or advise you there. And do not buy pointe shoes with a pointed nose - they are suitable only for professional dancers, and the chance that you will become just that is really small. Be prepared to also buy ballet tapes that tie pointe shoes to the foot. They are usually sold separately and sewn to pointe shoes manually. This is not difficult to do - you just need to choose the correct length of ribbons and, using simple stitches, sew them to the pointe lining. If you are not sure how to do this, then ask for advice in the store where you purchased them, or at your dance school.

Where to begin

Start by adopting your own body. Girls who have been practicing ballet for at least six months confidently say that shyness can be rejected already in the first lesson, because nobody needs it in the ballet class - neither you, nor your neighbors on the machine. During the lessons, no one will have time to look at your imperfect forms.

Body ballet or classic

Decide what is more important for you: to improve your figure or to find something for the soul. If all your life you have been a fan of active training, and then decided to try yourself in ballet, then choose a body ballet. It includes elements of classical choreography, but is complemented by exercises from Pilates and some yoga. Such exercises strengthen joints, make the hips and waist thinner and improve metabolism. It happens that classes in body ballet are conducted by a fitness trainer who has not practiced ballet before. But it’s better to find a teacher with a choreographic education.

In classical ballet classes, you will learn the basics of a ballet school, focusing on the technique, and not on the development of muscles. Although, of course, you will get a toned body and famous posture. And, as a bonus, you will learn to dance, getting to the beat of the music, you will understand the ballet and, perhaps, you will learn a couple of backstage stories from an experienced teacher.

What muscles work

During the lesson, you improve coordination and work out all the muscles. The main load goes to the back and abs, they should always be in good shape. Indeed, it is worth a lot of effort to leave the body motionless, giving it out with your hands and feet. Over time, plasticity will also come to you, and the ability to “turn” parts of the body at a seemingly incredible angle.

What to wear

That’s what really pleases the girl’s soul is the choice of clothes for training. First, of course, you will come to class in regular leggings and a top. But, when you begin to enjoy the process and the look of yourself in the mirror, you will stare at the body, tutu and skirts, shoppers. And over time, all this will migrate to your wardrobe. If it’s more convenient for you to practice in traditional sportswear, try going to a workout in overalls: it completely fits the body, and you can put on a skirt over it. In addition, it is now wildly fashionable: in tight-fitting overalls of the Territory of yoga brand, Lena Perminova and Oksana Lavrentieva are engaged in Pilates. The Ukrainian brand Territory of yoga is famous for its scrupulous approach to the choice of materials: all overalls are made of comfortable cotton fabric and beautifully fit the figure - they will be perfect for ballet. Costumes can be found in the Health and Beauty Center "White Garden" (Zubovsky proezd, 1). Such an attack of beauty will cost you 12,400 rubles.

And you can do even easier and go to Adidas. Stella McCartney, as always, creates excellent universal models for training: seamless tight-fitting t-shirts and leggings and cropped jumpsuits with shorts under which you can wear leggings, and, conversely, a flying chopper skirt sits well over the jumpsuit. Oysho brand has more artistic models of sportswear: jumpsuit with textured straps on the back and comfortable shorts with pleating.

How much do you need to do

In order to get a visible effect from classes, you will have to go to the ballet studio at least twice a week. It is possible that over time you will want more. In the beginning, you need to be careful, calculate the level of load and take a break of several days between classes, if the muscles are very sore. Communicate as much as possible with the teacher: ask if you do not understand something, and communicate if you feel unpleasant sensations in the body. It’s good if you can do it in the morning. At this time, more energy and control the body will be easier.

Do you need pointe shoes

You should definitely not bring them to the first lesson. Soft ballet flats will be more than enough. You will stand on pointe shoes carefully and for a long time. When you feel confident in your legs and can stand on the toes, and the trainer says that the ankle is ready to withstand the foot, you can try to work out in pointe shoes. Everything is very individual here: someone gets on pointe shoes after four months of classes, and someone - after a year and a half. And here it is also important to consult with a trainer, he will tell you when your legs will be ready for such a heavy load. Only after that you can safely go choose pointe shoes.

Do not rush to order them on the Internet, pointe shoes must be measured. It all depends on the shape and completeness (indicated by the letter “X”) of the legs. Most likely, before buying, you will need to re-measure at least 15 pairs to find perfectly sitting on your leg. We recommend that beginners feel free to go to the stores of the Russian Grishko brand: pointe shoes of this brand are considered the softest, it is easier to wear them in comparison with R-class pointe shoes, for example. Although the latter are also not inferior in quality. Do not forget about special inserts in pointe shoes: they soften the surface and the fingers will be much more comfortable. Better immediately take silicone liners - they are more durable. In any case, be prepared for the fact that with frequent training, pointe shoes will need to be changed. For comparison: a prima ballerina per month can change 30 pairs. In your case, the volumes, of course, are not the same, but here the fabric will quickly wear out. Although there are exceptions. American company Gaynor minden produces pointe shoes from special durable plastic. So durable that you will be able to wash pointe shoes in a washing machine without fear. But you need to choose your model very carefully: due to their high strength, they will not change shape over time, adapting to your foot. Gaynor Minden pointe shoes should already be cast in the store. Otherwise, in the future you will not be able to carry them. In professional ballet, this brand is valued precisely for durability.

How to eat

Ballet classes require stamina, but at the same time you should feel easy. Divide your daily diet into five meals. Servings should be small. Never deny yourself breakfast: it will give strength for the whole day. If you exercise in the morning, then eat two hours before class. Have a small fruit snack at noon. Eat low-fat fish with vegetables, seasonal salad or low-fat soup. Before the evening class, you can eat a piece of dark chocolate - it will give energy. But try to have the last meal two hours before class. But after that, do not deny yourself a dinner. Carpaccio, stewed vegetables, baked fish - all this contains a sufficient amount you need to restore vegetable and animal fats and proteins. Professional ballerinas are advised to drink at least 2.5 liters of water. And during training it is better to drink warm water - it warms up the muscles well.

Where to do

Your school is where you find a teacher comfortable for yourself. Perhaps for this you will need to go for a couple of classes to different schools. But the thing is worth it: when you decide, from the ballet class you will not be pulled by the ears. Adult studios are now in all major cities. We have prepared a selection of places where you can sign up now.

Age is not a sentence

The first and absolutely absurd delusion of many is that you need to go to ballet from 8-10 years old and no later. And if this age has long been in the past, you can forget about pirouettes at the machine forever - not true! Of course, having come to ballet art after 14 years, you don’t become a professional Prima, but it’s never too late to tighten your muscles, improve your posture and stretch.

Health is Above All

Unlike other types of dance, ballet is a rather traumatic event. If, say, there are no special contraindications for bachata, salsa or modern dances, then one must be very careful with ballet. The most important and basic thing that you must do before giving the child away or enrolling in the class of classical choreography itself is to check the contraindications.

If you have problems with the spine, flat feet, joints or muscle tone, before going to a ballet lesson, be sure to consult your doctor.

Action algorithm

If everything is in order with health, the path is open - we are enrolling in a ballet school. Now in almost every city there are plenty of them, so there should not be any problems. Be sure to warn the teacher that you are a beginner - the load in the class will depend on this.

  • 1. Before the first lesson, take care of the proper appearance and equipment - you should have a swimsuit or T-shirt with leggings, leggings and ballet shoes.
  • 2. Be prepared for the fact that you will not be allowed to enter the machine in the first lessons - first you need to take a course of exercises on the floor, to overcome the series of exercises in pair gymnastics. Keep in mind: the ballet does not endure haste, and you will stand on pointe shoes no earlier than after a year of regular training - do not rush things.
  • 3. To improve your results in the classroom and bring closer the treasured day when you can dance ballet without leaning on the machine, do stretching exercises. Muscle tone is very important in ballet - almost everything depends on your muscle training in this type of dance.
  • 4. Many professional ballerinas advise those who have just stepped on this path to practice Pilates in addition to ballet itself, as this sport trains the muscle groups necessary for this dance.

In any case, no matter how old you are, and whatever level of training you have, it's never too late to do ballet.