You might have done ballet a lot as a child but haven’t touched the ballet barre in years and feel seriously rusty. You might have been learning beginners ballet for a minimum of 12 weeks and are ready for a bit of a step up.
You might really want to get back into dancing but feel intimidated to start again because you worry that you have forgotten everything or that your body won’t do the things that it used to when you were younger. You might worry that joining a new class everyone will already know what they are doing. You might have taken some regular beginners ballet classes for a while but are starting to find them a little bit slow and they don’t challenge you as much as they did in the start. You get a bit frustrated and bored if the teacher starts talking about what a plie is but you may feel worried that moving into a more difficult class would be too much of a big step and you would be out of your depth. If you haven’t danced for a long time you might be feeling a bit down in the dumps or bored of your normal routine. You might feel a bit sluggish. You may feel your body is not as mobile as it used to be. You might feel you have bad posture. You may be struggling with your overall confidence. You might feel like its harder and harder to make connections with other people nowadays and sometimes it can be a bit lonely.
You need to be welcomed into a friendly group where you can feel comfortable and learn without feeling silly. You need to be in a class where you can develop the foundation of technique that you have at a nice gentle pace without feeling patronised. You need to be shown the steps you might have forgotten slowly, without going right back to the difference between first and second position.
You need to feel motivated and inspired again. You need something which will give you the chance to move your body in a way that feels good. You need something which will allow you to improve your posture, co-ordination, strength and mobility. You need to feel confident that you can explore and be allowed to make mistakes in a relaxed non-judgemental environment. You need to find a way to connect with some new people where you can share common interests.
How can the Improvers Ballet Classes help you?
You can learn choreography, steps and technique that give you that feel good factor you gain when you are learning a new skill. You can learn to move and express your body to beautiful classical and piano music putting you in touch with and awakening the emotions inside you. You can bring life back into your body and nourish your soul with a boost of endorphins helping to improve your mood. You can strengthen your legs, learn how to balance, improve your posture, become more mobile so that moving feels more free and enjoyable both in class and in every day life. You can learn at a slow steady pace and ask the questions you need without feeling judged so that you can make improvements and continue learning. You can learn among other students of your level so you never feel out of your depth, overwhelmed or embarrassed. You can gain confidence in yourself as you show to yourself that you can learn ballet as an adult. You can meet new people with whom you share a common interest and dance with the same people each week giving you an easy way to make new friends.
- A weekly one hour class on Tuesdays 8:30-9:30pm run over 7 week terms every 2 months. (next term starts 7th January).
- A social event every few months.
- Videos and other resources to help you learn the routines and give you the best learning experience.
- Dance routines, recipes, workouts, health tips via email.
- Unlimited support from Imogen
“…The best thing I’ve taken away from the classes is learning how to balance! ”
I’d been doing Imogen’s Zumba classes and enjoying them a lot. But I also like trying out new kinds of dance, as it keeps me interested. I’ve done a bit of blues, swing, and even bhangra – so when I saw Imogen was running ballet classes, I was excited to have a go.
I had a mixed experience doing ballet as a small child, which is why I haven’t tried it again since. Although I adored watching ballet videos of Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Coppelia, I remember finding the classes repetitive and was always disappointed never to get a chance to wear a tutu. 🙂
The classes have been approachable and fun, while also increasingly challenging. It was wonderful to learn real choreography from the first lesson, to the music of Swan Lake. I found myself wanting to practice at home because it fired up my original love of ballet.
The best thing I’ve taken away from the classes is learning how to balance!