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  1. Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knew of any ballet classes for adults either in Merseyside or the surrounding area? I’m struggling to find any that aren’t beginner classes. I danced up until age 18 so would like a more advanced class. thanks 😌
  2. Hi Everyone! Are there any other adult beginners on here? I’ve been going to ballet class once a week since September having never danced before in my life and am really enjoying it. Just wondering how long it takes to get any good? I’ve got better at the barre work my teacher has been doing in class but I’m still embarrassingly bad, especially when it comes to centre practice. I’m much worse than all the other ladies in the class who have returned to ballet having danced as when they were younger and I’m getting fed up of being the worst one. We are doing rad intermediate syllabus. My teacher is trying her best god bless her, she’s really taking time to explain things but there’s so much to remember and I keep mucking it up. I practice with you tube videos a few times a week in between classes but progress seems so slow. Feeling like I need some moral support or maybe just a stern talking to telling me to stop being such a whiny baby and practice more 😂 Sometimes I actually feel bad for being in the class with all these better dancers, but I’m too stubborn to quit, besides I actually love going to the class despite how rubbish I am 😂. I am really trying to improve as I don’t want to let the rest of the ladies in the class and my teacher down but I’m still sooo bad 😂 Has anyone else on here felt similar as an adult absolute beginner?
  3. Hello all, I wondered if anyone had any experience with the adult classes at the above school? It seems to have great reviews on Google, but despite how small the world of adult ballet is (esp in London), I've never known anyone who has heard of it, let alone danced there, and I've found no real discussions (including on this forum). I'm having to reassess my dance schedule post-reopening & a lot of other moving parts, and the location, pricing and timetable here are almost perfect for me. Whilst I'll look into doing a trial class, it would also be really helpful to have feedback from people who have been attending a while. Many thanks!
  4. My name is Laëtitia Lo Sardo and I am delighted to offer this Body Conditioning/Pilates class on Zoom. Every Monday 10am - 11am on Zoom. I am a former First Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and a qualified ballet teacher with Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and Pilates has been a part of my daily routine for over 22 years - since I had my first injury as a professional ballet dancer. The class combines Pilates and strengthening exercises that I have learned, executed and taught through my 17 year dance career and 22 years Dance teaching career. The class is open to anyone who wishes to maintain and strengthen their overall body, core and flexibility. No previous experience needed. There is flexibility for everyone to work at their own pace within their own abilities. For those taking ballet classes, this class is particularly beneficial to develop and strengthen your core, balance, turnout, posture, gluts, general strength for Demi pointe and pointe work and to improve your power in allegro. If you can’t make it, recordings of live sessions are also available. Classes are on a drop-in basis so you can join us whenever you can/wish. Your 1st trial class is FREE, so come and have a go! For more details, contact me on: Email: lklosardo@hotmail.com Insta: laetitialosardo www.laetitialosardoballet.com
  5. 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 where to go. The change of heart is simple, I’m on my second wind now, Last week I was extremely tired, not just from the Northern Ballet trip but the fact I was given a document to review for Wednesday morning board of trustees meeting, this arrived by email at 5pm Monday night just before my Lincoln ballet class, I printed it off later when I go back (after 10pm). I review it Tuesday using both train journeys between Peterborough and Leeds (Northern Ballet). Wednesday morning I hardly slept as I was freighted of oversleeping as I had to be away from home by 9am. Thankfully at the meeting I had two coffee jugs in front of me, at least the caffeine kept me awake. When we came to the document in question, it turned out I was the only one that had reviewed it with all my post-it corrections stuck all over it, needless to say I was furious. At the end of that week it didn’t take much for me to throw the towel in. That was then, now is now, time to leave that behind. Update from City academy, as these details are largely embedded in the Giselle thread but are not relevant to Giselle, I have posted them here: The Masterclass is a day where participants will experiment the full workout that a ballet dancer has to endure to be able to enhance their technique and performance. It will be divided in three sections: 1) Body conditioning for dancers (floor exercise) Focusing on line, strength, flexibility, core stability, and some ballet exercises on the floor. 2) Completed ballet class (barre, centre, diagonal) This include; adage, pirouettes, petit allegro, grand allegro 3) Choreographic work. The teacher will create a small classical ballet piece which we can be performed by the end of the master class. Don Quixote will not be taught now, as repertoire will be offer during the specific repertoire workshops. In Swan Lake, they plan to do the Waltz of the Swans, Odette's solo and Pas de Quatre (Cygnet Dance). If they do have a male participant the schedule may change to Odette and Prince Siegfried 1st encounter scene, Odette's solo and coda with Corps de ballet. I don’t know what other male dancers are likely to join this class, other than Tony, one of my friends from ENB, I will check with him on Tuesday. LinMM if you see this, I’m not sure if you are doing the Masterclass, I have already booked it, but I have to be away smartish at 6pm as I am due at the Lanterns Theatre, Docklands before 7.30pm. All the tickets are booked for my 500mile round trip between 5 ballet classes, the logistics are a bit tight, it will have to be a meal on the train I guess. I wont be posting back possibly late Wednesday night or even Thursday as I need to get a good deal of sleep in for prep on this one.
  6. Hello everyone! Does anyone know of any adult beginners ballet classes in South Essex in the evenings, Friday daytimes or weekends please? I’m a total newbie and only started ballet a couple of months ago at the ripe old age of 45 having never danced before. I go to Adagio in Hutton/Brentwood on Monday nights (they’re amazing and so nice given that idk what I’m doing), but I’d like to do more than one class a week. Many thanks in advance, Angela, Billericay, Essex
  7. With the Royal Ballet currently performing Giselle at the moment, would you like to have a go at dancing sections of this beautiful ballet? My name is Laëtitia Lo Sardo and I am a former First Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet and I have been teaching ballet for over 22 years. I currently offer Repertoire classes on Zoom and we are working on Giselle Act II at the moment! Classes are on a drop-in basis so you can join in any time you wish/can. Classes are running on Zoom: Wednesdays 1:45pm - 3:15pm Thursdays 10am - 11:30am If you can’t make it, recordings of live classes are also available. Your first trial class is FREE! For more info, contact me on: Email: lklosardo@hotmail.com Insta: laetitialosardo www.laetitialosardoballet.com Image by Bill Cooper
  8. Absolute music to my ears, this. I’m especially pleased to note a Sunday-afternoon Beginner class from Hannah Frost (and it doesn’t hurt ONE BIT that the new Central premises are extremely easy for me to get to and from). https://www.centralschoolofballet.co.uk/adult-classes-to-recommence-on-19th-september/
  9. http://www.laetitialosardoballet.com Hi everyone! For the Autumn I have extended my range of Repertoire classes online for Adults. We learn and explore sections and variations of classical ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, and many more. I am a former First Soloist with the Birmingham Royal Ballet with over 20 years teaching experience. Come and try your first class for FREE. Recordings of live classes also available. Wednesdays 1:45pm - 3:15pm (UK time) 8:45am - 10:15am (USA Edt time) Thursdays 10am-11:30am (UK time) 7pm - 8:30pm (Australia Aest time) If the times don’t suit you, don’t worry, you can also access recordings of live sessions. Though regular attendance is encouraged for progression and really grasping the essence of the style and steps, classes are on a drop-in basis, so you don’t necessarily have to commit every week. To book your free trial or any enquiries, you can contact me: Email: lklosardo@hotmail.com Instagram: laetitialosardo FB: Laetitia Lo Sardo Ballet Teacher Website: www.laetitialosardoballet.com I also offer private lessons, Body Conditioning classes and workshops.
  10. I've always wanted to do ballet ever since I was young but im really shy and struggle with social anxiety and overall just have low confidence in myself , I rather blend in with the crowd. I'm 15 around 5'3 and I'm 43kg (not the healthiest weight) I work out at home but really don't have any muscle or anything it's just to tone my body I guess. I was wondering would i be able to start ballet , also some words of encouragement from people who also suffer from social anxiety and low confidence on how they managed to start maybe? Thank you!
  11. Good morning all 🙂 (I'm new here, not sure this is the right place of the forum to post this). I wanted to join here because with a little courage I have decided to start Ballet. I am 29 and live in the UK. In the past I had little experience with ballet, but I was very little and din't practice anything anymore. I know I don't have the flexibility or the body for it (definitely not like the beautiful ballerinas), but I would like to give it a try and put my efforts into it. Is it too late? Not looking to get a career out of it 🙂 My first lesson will be in June, I already bought leotard, tights, shoes, but I don't know how the class will be, is this too much or should I go with a t-shirt/leggings? I don't have an issue with leotards at all, I actually love it but I don't want to look like "it's too much" for a beginner. Maybe I'm just overthinking it, but I would like to know your experiences/opinions. However, I look forward to start!
  12. The Scottish Ballet's zoom classes are now available to book. https://www.scottishballet.co.uk/classes
  13. When ENB issued their press release the other week I meant to point out that their BalletActive classes are now available online (paid-for). I'm considering trying them out over the Christmas break, as I have a long patch with no lessons coming up.
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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 advice as possible 😅
  15. 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
  16. 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 the school summer holiday. Pirouettes and allegro are my main problem areas (and also not looking tense!) Pointe work in the centre also needs work.
  17. 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 last year, and specialises in adult vocational exam training. However, I'm struggling to find any information other than their own site, which doesn't list teachers (in the public area of the site at least), or any reviews. I'm wondering if anyone has come across or taken any of their classes? In particular, this friend seems quite dejected after lockdown, and I think will respond far better to a positive, encouraging environment. Any experiences, or thoughts, much appreciated
  18. 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?
  19. 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 limitations surrounding the actual injury itself. 😟 It's a bummer, I was really getting into my classes (started October last year) and super excited to show my progress as I had been practising at home and finally understood how a pirouette worked. My physios and consultants have said that dance and impact sports are the last things that you can really go back to following this sort of injury but I'll ask whether I can do simple barre work when I'm strong enough. It's a bit heartbreaking when you're not allowed to do the activities you enjoy the most. Even things like reading are harder following injury and post-surgery as you're experiencing either fatigue, pain, or both so you have little concentration power. Friends and family however have been absolute legends, hanging out, checking-up, driving me to hospital, and making me meals in Tupperware. My hamstrings are still weak and hurt a lot when used as part of them was sacrificed in the name of future balance, control, and proprioception and the quads atrophied (typical of the injury) quite a bit. But I am on the mend and I'm finally walking (with the crutches). Onwards!
  20. 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!
  21. 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?
  22. 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 trust in her. Thank you for your help ! You are awsome !
  23. 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 though one or two of those classes I would be half-interested in returning to, I feel what I'm truly looking for has yet to be found despite hours if not even months trawling the internet. It seems to me classes all follow the same format of exercises at the barre, then a move to the centre of the floor where little routines are done, and then off you all go home till the following week. The barre exercises I quite like, but the floor elements are just plain depressingly frustrating because they're so intricate and fast like a magician's slight of hand so, unless you somehow just instictively already know how to do it all, you're just left feeling like you're wasting your time and there's no point carrying on. Like you're left behind, it all started without you and nobody is going to tell you where you need go to learn what you need as a prerequisite for the class you're currently in. What I'm still hoping to find, to the point that it's elusiveness is making it an obsession to prove it must must surely be out there somewhere (and on top of that be within a 30 minute drive on a Monday or Wednesday daytime ...!!) is a class where there is some kind of structured tuition/course/programme to really focus on the basics and where all the centre floor routines are completely off the menu for some months or even a year or two until all the names and mechanics and the stretches and the stamina and everything of the 'ingredients' are second nature and done to a reasonable standard and you THEN have something to build up from. Any ideas please? In the unlikely event somone knows of something in the York / Leeds / Harrogate areas so much the better! Are there male ballet teachers, out of interest? Not fussed either way, but so much is of course women orientated it might be handy to know things from a male dancer's perspective.
  24. 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 my community class next month). However, I can't find a drop-in class that suits my time and location. What DOES suit is the Sunday *Intermediate* RAD classes at Central School, but I'm nervous about jumping straight in with that label, even if it's *working towards* Intermediate and IF is optional! Compared to IF, the most obvious differences other than working leg angle, seem to be double pirouettes (I am not the best turner), and battu (I am a reasonable jumper, but rusty). So my questions are, 1. Do you think it would be reasonable to start with Intermediate? 2. What did you see as the biggest differences between / challenge when going from IF vs. Foundation? 3. Does anyone have specific experience with the Central classes? Thank you so much 🙂 P.S. I did a search, but there wasn't much information, and the teacher has recently changed, hence the new topic.
  25. 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 first hand experience with these? Thanks!
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