Introducing you to a brand new exercise class combining fitness with ballet, Suzanne Taylor explains how it works …
“I am a qualified ballet teacher and have been teaching dance in various forms for many years now. With the recent rise in popularity of dance and fitness classes, such as Zumba and Fitsteps, I thought, why not ballet? It is amazing for strengthening the entire body, fantastic for posture and it tones and lengthens the leg muscles.
BUT……Ballet isn’t easy! As an adult, the thought of going to a ballet class with no previous experience can be pretty daunting, so my Ballet Boot Camp class has been tailored to suit all levels of ability.
The class begins with a steady paced, overall body warm up. Participants then work with their feet, legs and arms in simple ballet positions as well as some “normal” non ballet positions, but all with a strong focus on obtaining the correct posture.
Next, the pace increases for a fun cardio section. Based on a series of basic ballet steps, a routine is built up slowly throughout each half term. Our focus is on holding core stability whilst moving quickly to raise your heart rate. This stage is also great for improving your stamina and cardio vascular fitness. There is no pressure to get the steps right, just keep moving, keep your body lifted and DON’T GIVE UP!
A floor work period then follows. This comprises a strong abdominal section, a ballet floor barre section and finally, an all over body stretch. The floor barre section is particularly beneficial as it works all of the muscles a ballet dancer uses, but without relying on gravity to hold your limbs in place. By doing the exercises on the floor, it helps the participant to really feel how the correct muscles should be facilitating a movement. Once they then have this movement stored in their muscle memory, it makes them more effective at replicating it when standing.
In summary………….. forget the traditional, formal ballet class, this is fast paced, challenging, and lots of fun. All of the exercises are done to modern music played loud! Come and give it a try!”
For information on where and when you can sign up to a Ballet Bootcamp class please contact Suzanne on;
07956 298 643