Ballet Body’s aim is to encourage women to feel good about themselves and their lives, to achieve strength and grace in movement and show them that strong bodies can also be feminine. The workout will not only make you stronger but improve the way you stand, the way you move and the way you carry yourself each day.
Ballet Body is not a trend, or a fad, but is based on movements and techniques that have been used for years to tone and sculpt a dancer’s body. Ballet fitness classes have increased in prevalence since the 1940s when Lotte Berk, a German dancer – whose ideas form the foundations of barre workouts – founded a technique combining dance moves and other forms of conditioning to rehabilitate her back injury.
What are the key benefits?
With regular attendance at ballet fitness classes, you will achieve the posture of a dancer. You will gain long, lean muscles, toned arms, a toned trim tummy, your bottom will lift and your thighs will get trimmer. Tension in the body will be released and your mobility will improve. Most importantly, you will reconnect with your body and carry with you a renewed sense of self and confidence.
Are these classes for me?
Whether or not you have ever pointed your toe or been to a ballet/barre class, these classes are designed for any body shape and any level of fitness. No dance or fitness experience is necessary. Complete beginners are welcome. Unlike the boot camp style fitness training, there is no pounding of the floor. Exercises are high intensity but low impact and conducted to classical music producing a calming effect on the mind and body. You will leave class feeling inches taller and much calmer!
“I’m so glad I discovered Ballet Body. It’s really changed my posture and noticeably improved the muscle tone in my legs. I am no ballerina. I didn’t even do ballet when I was little. I am a 5’10″ and I am not skinny. I am an unexpected convert and I love these classes!” – Siân, Harpenden
“There is no dance element to this and fortunately for me there is no need for rhythm or to remember combination moves. There is a warm up and a warm down but not really any cardio. This is about developing core strength and improving posture and flexibility. It is more similar to Pilates than Aerobics. It’s no surprise that professional footballers do this kind of training.” – Tim Davey, Harpenden
What should I bring?
You will need a pilates/yoga mat and a bottle of water. Wear something comfortable but closely fitting (leggings/yoga pants). Bare feet or grip socks are ideal but you can wear ballet shoes if you have them.