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  1. Hi Girls I’m back I’m setting up this thread up for everyone concerned with adult ballet, all are welcome, dancers, teachers, physio’s everyone. I claim no ownership to it what so ever, however I will continue to report about my journey on it, I hope others will too. Leaving “the Going back to ballet” thread left me extremely sad, especially as its almost like a record of my growing up in ballet right back to page 2, from my first leotard and how self conscious I felt, to my first bun, and of course my first show. I wont dwell on the hostility shown to me as its no wher
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    Hi there! I feel a bit awkward posting this but I just can't really seem to get many answers about this on my own...especially since the whole COVID situation there aren't any studios open haha. Basically, I am 19 years old soon to be 20 and I want to get back into ballet. I was in it for 2 years as a young child but couldn't continue. I just wanted to know if it's possible for adults to train for pointe, and what are the oppourtunities for adult ballerinas. I know that I'll never be professional or anything but I would love to do it to perform if I get good enough. I can take as much help and
  3. Hi, I used to train in ballet when I was younger for about 10 years then I quit. I have recently took up adult lessons but I'm toying with the idea of finishing off my grades. Is this a possibility? I'm looking for guidance/advice on if anyone has done this. Thanks, Nat
  4. I can see from other threads I am not the only adult who is doing (or has done) RAD Intermediate Foundation, and I thought I would start a new thread for sharing experiences, past and present. I started studying the syllabus in the autumn term 2015. Having started with one Inter Foundation class, I am doing two classes each week at RAD HQ and having a private lesson with my local teacher. I had hoped to be able to do the exam in this summer, but my teachers don’t think I am quite ready. I am really hoping for the November/December exam, but it does mean keeping everything up over t
  5. Hello forum, I was doing some research for a dance friend who was exploring taking a syllabus class as an adult (in her late 50s, started a year ago without training as a child, but very active and I think can manage Intermediate Foundation with time). The motivations are a feeling of progress whilst acknowledging physical limitations, and which aren't being satisfied by open classes, with changing variations and limited time to focus on technique. I came across London Adult Ballet (https://www.londonadultballet.com/copy-of-courses), which appears to have been founded
  6. Hello all, I’m having an issue just now where I am trying to order leotards/dance underwear/general dancewear... it seems UK size 12 is ‘large’ and 14 is rarely available as ‘xl’. Are bigger/adult bodies really all that rare in dance classes and dance exams these days? Surely we’ve come so far in pushing for equality. So where is the inclusive dancewear?
  7. Am here for a bit of a moan, truthfully. Please feel free to share yours too if you'd like. I've had the unfortunate circumstance of getting myself into an accident, taking a really bad high-powered landing (from my main sport) and completely busting one of my ACL's in the knee and wonderfully mangling the meniscus right before (adult) beginner classes started again at the beginning of the year. Due to the seriousness of my particular injury (others can wait a year and be fine) I had to have surgery incredibly quickly (within the month) which will extend recovery in addition to the
  8. Don't know if this goes here but anyway, I attempted the elementary ballet at danceworks again after last years disaster! Not sure I will be able to walk tomorrow as its been a week since i danced and I am definitely not used to 1 and a half hour classes. Anyway it was good, didn't really pick up the combinations as they were really fast but I learnt from her general corrections. I also need to invest in some canvas shoes, I may be making excuses but turns feel twice as hard in leather shoes that stick, I swear my pique turns are normally better!
  9. Hi All, I'm studying Baroque historical dance but so much want to improve technique by finding local adult classical ballet lessons near Basigstoke, Hants.- but finding them for the few days in the week available is difficult. Which makes me sad because for the couple months I was able to train was really, really interesting and rewarding. Any tips to find what I need?
  10. Evening, Adult Dance folks! As the "Simply Adult Ballet" thread has, like its predecessor, become very long at 65+ pages, it's become a little difficult to find information among the long posts and discussions. As Michelle_Richer started the thread to continue reporting on her "ballet journey", we are wondering if a new thread would be useful in conjunction with the "Simply Adult Ballet"? If we could use this thread for questions, answers, information and discussions about adult dance classes, workshops, attire etc. but keep longer, "blog style" posts in the other thread, I think it
  11. Hi My name is Greg from France. My girlfriend beguin to study dance at age 17. She is 20 now. To help her get better and to have a professional experience I want to offer to her a summer training in a dance school in Moscou (Russia). Because she is not a professional dancer I don't think she can enter in a great school like the Bolchoi. So I want to know if any of you know a dance school in Moscou (or in St-Petesterbourg) that accept international student for a summer training ? I really want to help her to be better in dance that's why I think this experience can create
  12. Hello, a very late starter here, not even an adult 'returner', and about to turn 48, but I am coming at this from having spent many years as a keen adult recreational ice dancer albeit that was more ballroom-on-ice I suppose ... and the secret about ice skating is you just kinda stand there half the time whilst the ice moves underneath you, but don't tell anyone. Have attended four different adult classes - albeit sadly very briefly for one reason or another, mostly just either life getting in the way or the class being above my beginner level - in Peterborough/Cambridge/York but t
  13. Hello forum, I've been thinking about taking a vocational syllabus class for a while now, to supplement the open classes I do. My focus is the syllabus rather than taking the exam, and I have already considered the reasons carefully 🙂 Intermediate Foundation would be the most obvious option. It is where I left off as a kid, and looking at the content from videos, seems to be the level I'm currently working at or towards in my open classes but would like to polish (except pointework, which I'm expecting to be cleared for when we start at m
  14. Would anyone be able to recommend a daytime class in London on Monday? I’m there next week and hoping to drop in somewhere as my classes have a full week off! Roughly around low intermediate level, similar to David Kierce’s improvers plus class that he does at central? I’m getting better at picking up combinations but not incredibly fast at it quite yet so someone who doesn’t do anything insanely complicated! I spotted possibly either a beginner or intermediate class at London Russian ballet school, or an afternoon class I think it was with Adam at Danceworks if anyone has any firs
  15. I saw this on the BBC, and thought I would post it on this forum. Wasn't quite sure where to put it. Here seems a good place. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-51182411
  16. I took ballet classes from age 3 - 11 and then for a year aged 24, 40+ years later I started Adult beginner classes. Now 18 months later I go to 6 classes a week and freely admit to being obsessed. As I never took exams as a child I have persuaded my teacher to enter me for an exam. Does anyone know if there's the option in Dance D the character dance to lunge instead of kneel at the end? I am struggling to kneel down in an elegant manner!!
  17. hello! it’s my first time on the forum so sorry if this is in the wrong place... i’m coming to ballet completely new as an adult (18, if that counts as adult!) and i’m looking for a london class. i’ve never tried ballet before, but a few years ago i was a competitive dancer in a couple of other disciplines. i’ve decided to give ballet a go but i’m very nervous that any class may be slightly out of my depth. i popped into a danceworks class led by karis scarlette and it was clear some of the other students had been attending for a long while & were familiar with the
  18. I'm currently looking into enrolling in an adult absolute beginners' ballet course in the new year and was wondering if anyone has any feedback on these specific ones. I'm based in inner London and work regular office hours. The only evening I can be consistently free on a weekly basis is Tuesday, which as far as I can see means I have two options: the ENB class currently taught by Sarah Golightly (not yet taking bookings for January but I'm assuming it's likely to continue to its current schedule) or the City Lit class taught by Alexander Simpkins. Each has its own advantages in
  19. I am an adult dancer in Australia who takes RAD exams with kids at a local studio. Over the past couple years, I have had a number of issues with my studio owner. These relate to timetabling (e.g. not running Advanced 1 despite people wanting to do it, but then running intermediate foundation for only 2 people because one of them is a favourite), issues with the communication (e.g. communicating that RAD exam fees are due within 3 days or you won't be entered for exams, despite fees being in excess of $600AUD last year!), rude/disrespectful comments in email and in front of other s
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  21. As I will be heading over to the UK from America, I am curious to research about any places in greater London that... 1) run male technique classes for amateur adults 2) offer pas de deux training sessions 3) have good selections of dance wear for adult males (not online)
  22. Hello. This is is my first post so not sure if I’m doing it right but here goes.... I am a mature adult taking my RAD Grade 5 exam very soon. I am worried about my facial expressions! I am used to performing on stage and also competing at another discipline, however, I asked my teacher if I am allowed to smile during the exam and she said yes but not a full smile or over the top. Can anyone tell me what I should do. Am I allowed to smile with teeth showing or reign it in to more of a grin? It’s stressing me out as I don’t want to look miserable or worried but also don
  23. Hi, I am a 39 year old man and have always wanted to do ballet, I started an adults ballet class last January and am absolutely loving it, only regret that I didn't start 30 years ago. I would like to do the Rad exams and am not sure if I am too old or would it be odd for some one my age to do it?
  24. Hi all, I'm looking for some tips from other adult dancers that have gone onto pointe later in life. I got my first pointe shoes last year in my mid forties and am still struggling to do anything away from the barre. In barre exercises I can do most of them just with 2 fingers or even 1 finger sometimes lightly resting on the barre so it isn't that I need the support, I think it is more of a mental block. I'm in class with 13-15 year olds and they seem to throw themselves up there without a second thought, one girl last night was doing her first ever class in them and seemed like she'd been in
  25. Adult Ballet Class every Monday 7:45pm - 9:00pm - West London School of Dance, Du Boisson Dance Studios, Village Hall - 58 Bulwer Street, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 8AR What to expect? Learning firsthand knowledge directly from Laurie McSherry-Gray with over 10 years of experience as a world-class dancer. Commencing with controlled movements at the Barrè such as Pliés, Tondues, Rond de Jambe and Grand Battement, these movements enable the body to warm up gradually and organically. After the Barrè we move to centre-practise where the intensity gradually increases with exercises such
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