Adults Can Do Ballet Too

Ballet is like exercise for people who hate exercise. For me, the idea of going to the gym is about as interesting as reading the yellow pages. Ballet is different: it stimulates not only your body, but also your mind and creativity. It’s a way to do fun regular exercise and focus your mind purely on your body.
— Hila Shachar

It's registration season at Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts for Fall Semester classes, and it's not too late to get in on the fun! We have classes for every age group, starting with Mommy & Me classes for ages 2-3 and going all the way up to....yes, adult classes in ballet and PiYo. Taking ballet as an adult may not have come to your mind previously, but it is actually quite popular (offered by most bigger ballet companies that have dance education programs) and can be a great form of exercise. 

From  Ballet class – as an adult   By Hila Shachar

From Ballet class – as an adult By Hila Shachar

Well, that's nice, but I don't want to wear a leotard...

If you do not own a leotard and are not interested in purchasing one, you're not alone! One of the great parts about adult ballet classes is that the dress code is casual. Some students do enjoy wearing a leotard, tights and skirt to class, but other adult students enjoy wearing attire more like you might wear to the gym. Anything stretchy or loose-fitting that allows for movement is fair game. 

Ok, but still, I could never do that... 

The adults who currently attend adult ballet and PiYo classes disagree! Adult classes are designed specifically for adults and don't require any sort of special powers or abilities as a prerequisite :-) Many adults simply enjoy taking a ballet class much more than running on a treadmill or lifting weights at a gym. Thanks to the music and artistry involved, ballet can be a much more enjoyable experience than a tip to the gym and can actually be a good bit of fun! Adults new to ballet can expect to needing to focus intently on their coordination for the first few classes, but soon muscle memory begins to kick in, and the ballet steps and poses start to become easier and more like walking down a familiar path with a longtime friend. 

Maybe. But would I need to perform? 

NO! Adult ballet students are not required to participate in performances. Adults typically enjoy attending classes for enjoyment, educational purposes and for fitness. Since performances are not a part of the Adult Class Division, students can set their own goals for achievement each semester and don't have to worry about the stress and responsibility of getting ready for a performance. 

How do I get started?

We have a range of available classes in our adult program. You can register for an entire semester, or simply drop in and pay one class at a time without making a long term commitment. You can find more information on the Adult Class page here. We hope to see you this semester!