ballet for adults

Alternatives to Yoga, for Catholics

The New Year is an ideal time to begin to put into action your new plans and resolutions for the year ahead.

Health is wealth, and it is vital to take care of your body via diet and of course, regular exercise.

If like me, you hate the idea of going to the gym, there are lots of other activities to help keep you fit.

Yoga seems to be very popular, but as Catholics and Christians, we know that Yoga is not permissible due to it being based on Hindu philosophies and Eastern mystical theologies which is in dissonance with Christianity. 

Here are some alternatives to yoga you can use:

BALLET:

I am a big fan of ballet, which combines dance, stretching, flexibility and also strength training.  It not only improves your posture, strength and flexibility, but it can keep you trim and fit too. 

I am naturally very slim so I don’t do much cardio or fat-burning exercises, however ballet is a very good way to improve muscle tone and core strength.  

PILATES:

Originally created to help athletes recover quicker from their injuries, pilates is fast becoming popular.  It makes a great alternative to yoga as it also helps you improve flexibility, endurance and strength.  I also practise pilates and rotate between this and ballet 2-3 times a week for my strength and flexibility.

CALISTHENICS:

I used to do this years ago and rather enjoyed it.  A lot of men will love this too if they find Ballet not challenging enough.  Calisthenics helps improve muscular and aerobic conditioning, as well as improving, balance, agility and coordination.

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I know we normally reblog pros, but I thought our fellow adult beginners might like to see this. Sorry for the tiny pics, these are the ones our teacher sent me. This is my classmate Annamaria, right after her very first pointe class! She’s been coming to class twice a week for 2 years, and like many of us, has dreamed of pointe work. She wasn’t sure if she’d ever be able to do it, with her job, kids, and everything, but here she is! PS everybody check out her ridiculous Vaganova feet - serious envy every class!

Anyway the point(e) is, for all of us taking a less-traditional path to ballet, there is hope! Pointe isn’t for everyone, and you should never pressure yourself if you don’t want to do it or don’t feel ready, but if you want to get there, you can! Tell your teacher about your goals, and work with them to figure out how to get there. We can’t all have Annamaria’s feet, but we can all share the joy and triumph on her face in these pics.

Adult Ballet Beginners.

Hello tumblets!

A lot of you are beginners and are way past your early teens if not older.  I often get questions from people such as, “I’m twenty, is it to late too start ballet?” It is never too late to start! 

Adults are faster learners. You have more dedication then a child would. You might also even be injury free!

Unfortunately, most people will not become professional dancers… But there is still hope. If you dedicate yourself to what you love, take the time to strengthen your body, learn your vocabulary and practice as much as you can, you will become a great dancer. Take the time to work out a routine for yourself. Eat healthy and most importantly, remember to have fun!

I danced as a child from 3- 10. I started up 2 and a half years ago. I have been taking all sorts of styles from ballet and modern to lyrical and acrobatics. I worked my butt off. I exercised daily. I taught water aerobics, did dog walking, went to the gym and lots of other things. I’m still behind though. But here I am! I’m taking dance as my major in college. I auditioned and received a part in a dance. I choreographed my own 2 minute solo in modern, a style I have never taken before! I even have my first pair of pointe shoes!

Anything is possible! Just believe!

Bruce and Selina exchange one gift on Christmas Eve.  Bruce is more thoughtful than anyone gives him credit for.  In past years, Bruce has given Selina a generous donation to a charity of her choice, a private adult ballet class, adopted an endangered lion, and, of course, Duchess (from Disney’s “The Aristocrats) pajamas (it’s one of her favorite characters).  Every present Selina cherishes.  Selina, however, focuses on little things.  She has had a family portrait made, made a private meal for the two of them, and baked Bruce’s favorite dessert to name a few.  Bruce appreciates it more than Selina will ever know.

DIVERSE LIT MEME: » mental illness / disability: District Ballet Company by Katherine Locke

So many people think she isn’t easy to love, because she’s obsessive and determined, tunnel-visioned and occasionally self-centered. But other people only see the stage version of Aly. The girl who could be prima ballerina. They forget that the coldest people were once water , strong and supple, vulnerable and omnipotent, before they froze. They get Alyona. 

I get Aly. I get the woman who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable, because her curiosity and openness is what makes her an artist. I get the girl who laughed until she cried, eating breakfast in bed, the sheets pooled at her hips, chocolate on the corner of her mouth. I get the woman whose only prison is herself. Once I thought I was her key, but I was wrong, wasn’t I? She’s her lock and key. She’s her own jailer and her own savior. Maybe ballet’s in that jail cell too.