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Explore Your Dancing Dreams with Adult Beginner Ballet Classes 

Isabella McGuire Mayes • 15 Mar 2024

Explore Your Dancing Dreams with Adult Beginner Ballet Classes 

Have you ever dreamt of pirouetting across the stage, captivated by the grace and artistry of ballet? While ballet training often begins in childhood, it’s a beautiful art form that can be embraced at any age. If you’re an adult yearning to explore the world of ballet, Ballet with Isabella’s online 8-week Absolute Beginner program offers the perfect opportunity to set your journey off on the right foot (or should we say “plié”).

This carefully designed program of adult beginner ballet classes caters specifically to adult beginners, with no prior experience necessary. Led by the inspiring Isabella McGuire, Mayes a former soloist with Russian ballet companies and graduate of The Vaganova Ballet Academy. A  remarkable ballet pedigree, the program focuses on building a strong foundation through barre work. The barre, a horizontal handrail, serves as your supportive partner, providing stability as you learn the fundamentals of ballet technique.The foundations can’t be rushed. Too many classes worldwide rush the foundations, leaving us with so many gaps in knowledge and understandably difficulty with steps later. The barre is where all basics and foundations are made. Correct technique and in depth detailed information is what Isabella of BWI is all about, setting you off on your ballet journey the right way.

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll embark on a structured online learning experience focussed on ballet for beginners, devoting just 5-20 minutes a day to consistent practice. This manageable time frame allows you to seamlessly integrate ballet into your daily routine, fostering steady progress.

Isabella, the youngest ever British dancer to join the Vaganova and  graduate  the prestigious Vaganova Ballet Academy, brings a wealth of experience and teaching expertise to the program. Having excelled as a soloist with renowned companies like Mikhailovsky and Eifman Ballet, she understands the challenges and aspirations of aspiring dancers. Following her return to London, Isabella discovered a passion for sharing her knowledge and founded Ballet with Isabella as a platform to bridge the gap for global dancers at all levels bringing the secrets of vaganova to you. Through this online ballet studio, everyone can discover ballet or improve their training through detailed teacher-led classes.

The Benefits of Learning Ballet as an Adult

Ballet often conjures images of tutus and childhood dreams. But the truth is, this elegant art form offers a wealth of benefits that extend far beyond the stage and can be embraced by adults of all ages and backgrounds. Here’s why  putting on your ballet shoes as an adult might be the most empowering decision you make.

1. Building Strength and Flexibility: Ballet is a full-body workout that engages all major muscle groups. From strengthening your core and improving posture to achieving greater flexibility, ballet tones your body and increases your range of motion. This translates into better balance and coordination, not just in the studio, but in everyday life as well.

2. A Mind-Body Connection: Ballet is a beautiful marriage of physical movement and mental focus. It requires concentration on form, rhythm, and musicality. This challenges your brain in new ways, improves memory, and promotes a sense of mindfulness. As you master each step and sequence, you’ll experience a sense of accomplishment and a boost in self-confidence.

3. Stress Reduction and Emotional Release: The repetitive movements and graceful sequences of ballet can be incredibly therapeutic. Focusing on your breath and movement allows you to let go of daily worries and find a sense of calm in the midst of a busy life. This practice of mindfulness helps reduce stress and promotes emotional well-being.

4. A Creative Outlet: Ballet is a form of artistic expression. As you learn the language of movement, you’ll discover a creative outlet that allows you to express yourself in new ways. This can be incredibly rewarding and lead to a deeper appreciation for the artistry of dance.

5. A New Community: Adult ballet classes provide a welcoming environment to connect with others who share your passion for learning and movement. This supportive community can foster friendships, encourage motivation, and make the learning process even more enjoyable.

Learning ballet as an adult isn’t about achieving perfection; it’s about embracing the journey of learning something new. It’s a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally, improve your overall well-being, and unlock a creative side you never knew existed. So, take the leap, embrace the challenge, and discover the transformative power of ballet.

Building Your Ballet Vocabulary

This beginner ballet classes focuses on the essential building blocks of ballet, ensuring you develop a strong foundation before progressing further. Here’s a sneak peek at the key areas you’ll explore:

  • Posture and Placement: It all begins with proper body alignment. You’ll learn how to stand tall with correct posture, creating a foundational awareness of body placement for proper execution of ballet movements.
  • Head and Arm Movements: In ballet, every detail counts. You’ll learn how to use head movements effectively to enhance your artistry and storytelling. Additionally, the program will guide you through mastering basic arm positions that complement your steps and add a touch of elegance.
  • Barre Work: The barre is your training partner, offering support while you master fundamental ballet steps and exercises. Isabella’s expert guidance will ensure you execute each movement with precision, focusing on proper form and technique.
  • Basic Ballet Feel and Arm Positions: Ballet isn’t just about steps; it’s about capturing a certain “feel” of movement. This program will introduce you to the basic “feel” of ballet movements and the corresponding arm positions that bring harmony and grace to your dance and everyday life
  • Barre Technique: Learning to stand correctly with one hand on the barre is a foundational skill in ballet. Over the course of the program, you’ll gain confidence and progress towards mastering a complete barre routine by the end of the eight weeks.

Beyond the 8 Weeks of Adult Beginner Ballet Classes

These adult beginner ballet classes serve as a springboard for your ballet journey. Whether you’re aiming to delve deeper into classical ballet or simply enjoy the benefits of ballet conditioning and workouts, there are exciting avenues to explore. Ballet with Isabella offers a variety of online ballet classes and programs to cater to your evolving skillset and aspirations, from spine mobility workouts and beginner pointe classes to ballet high intensity interval training workouts!

More importantly, learning ballet as an adult isn’t just about acquiring physical skills. It’s about self-discovery, building confidence, and finding joy in movement. As you embark on this journey, embrace the process, celebrate your achievements, and most importantly, have fun! So, put on your ballet shoes, find a space for your barre (or a sturdy chair), and get ready to unlock your foundations, technique and artistic movement  within you with Isabella McGuire Mayes’s 8-week Absolute Beginner program.

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