Calling All Adult Dancers -
and "would-be" dancers
COME TO A BALLET CLASS
by Bridget MacAlpine
Winter's over and it's time to start thinking about getting in shape for summer.
If you want to tone up and trim without resorting to the gym or a rigid exercise regime, why not try a ballet class? Ballet has become increasingly popular among adults in recent years as it's proven to aid fitness and help tone the body.
Harlow Ballet School runs classes for adults every week and is looking to recruit new members to both its Tuesday evening and Saturday morning mixed-ability groups. The classes are held at the Playhouse from 6.30 to 7.30 pm on Tuesdays and 10.30am to 11.45am on Saturdays and include exercise at the barre as well as tuition in movement. Lessons cost £7 per class or £13 for two in a week.
School principal Michael Branwell says: “You don't have to be a skilled dancer to take part in these classes. We have adult students of varying abilities: some have been dancing all their lives, some are returning to it after a long absence and others have never put on a pair of ballet shoes before. But they all get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of the class.
“We can't guarantee that you will lose weight with ballet, but it definitely helps to tone the body – I've known adult students who have dropped two dress sizes in just a few months.”
Anyone interested in joining either class can contact Mr Branwell on 01279 639170, or send him an e-mail through the Contact Us button on this website.