Starting Ballet as an Adult

starting ballet as an adult


As a little girl, I would go along to swimming lessons with my mum and pass the ballet studio next door with all the beautiful and delicate ballerinas, I always hoped that one day I could do that too. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to dance lessons, and so that was that. But as I got older I always wondered what it would have been like. For some reason it didn’t dawn on me for a long time that such things as beginner adult classes existed. I always thought that adult dancers were just professional from dancing in childhood.

After many debates with myself, this dance semester I decided to take the plunge. It was now or never, I applied for classical adult ballet at my local dance school for late evening classes so I could fit it around work. I had no idea what to expect, it was an absolute beginners class so I had nothing to be worried about, with women of all ages, in all different shapes and sizes, we were all in the same boat. Being super nervous and knowing absolutely no one I pushed myself forward and said hello. It was no longer scary, we were all terrible, everything was new, everything was exciting.

So things I’ve learnt since starting ballet?

There are bones and muscles in my feet and legs I never knew existed.
It will feel like you have been carrying a million pounds with your arms in the air for so long.
Ballet is gracefully painful.
There is absolutely nothing easy about it.
Learning to count whilst remembering to dance in time is super hard.
Everything will be shouted at you in French, you will know none of it.
You will forget which way is right and which is left.
There are some questionable positions.
Posture is everything.
As my teacher likes to say “your hand is beautiful, watch it”
Things progress very, very quickly.
You need lots of concentration.
You’ll have a lot of fun.

Are you a dancer, or ever have been? Would you push yourself to try an adult dance class? I 100% say do it!



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  • I went to ballet classes and an array of other dance classes from the age of 3 up until 17! I keep meaning to sign up to adult ballet classes but I've been too nervous. Tonight I've scheduled in some time to do a couple of Ballet Beautiful online classes, but maybe I'll take your lead and book some classes! x

  • S, x

    I have been thinking about taking ballet lessons for such a long time. It was something I loved as a child, but haven't returned to since I was 11 or 12. Your post has definitely given me a nudge in the right direction!

    Sophie Cliff

  • Leonie Parker

    I do adult Ballet Classes too. I love to dance and Ballet is also a great workout.
    Leonie β™₯

  • I would LOVE to do ballet: I've actually been thinking about it for a while now, but there aren't any classes near me (or not for adult beginners anyway), so it's a bit tricky. I really love the discipline of ballet, though, and the way that it looks so graceful, despite being so strenuous. Oh, and the clothes, obviously: gotta love the clothes πŸ˜‰

  • Ballet is always the one thing I wish I had done as a child, Until reading this post I didn't know you could do adult beginner classes so thank you! I think I may see if there are any in my area πŸ™‚

    Rachel – Cake Doesn't Count x

  • That's so great for you and glad you did it. I've been dancing since I was 3 to about 18 went to college and started back again at 20. I go ever other night now and it's so fun but I agree with the arm thing but wait till you get pointe shoes it's getting funner and challenging. Hope you have as much fun as I do with it.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  • oh wow this sounds amazing! I really would love to try ballet for my posture as I tend to slouch a bit and I've heard ballet can help! So glad that you are having fun and enjoying it! πŸ™‚

  • I've just moved to Bristol and finding an adult ballet class was top of my list of things to find! However, I have yet to find an affordable class at a good time so for now I am going to go to pilates and an african dance class – maybe I'll start ballet as well though, who knows!

    Naomi xo

  • This sounds wonderful!
    I'm as graceful as an elephant so I'm not sure how elegant I'd make ballet!

  • I used to dance and it was my favourite thing! I stopped when I was 11, your post really makes me want to get back into it.

    Emma x

  • I wish I could dance ballet, but whenever I'm in our pool I like to pretend a ballerina. It's also the only time I get to stand up on my feet. Lol

  • My grandma really really really wants my little cousin to take ballet classes, but she loves soccer hahaha. No tutu-shopping for grandma.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  • I'd love to do Ballet classes! I'm based in Edinburgh too- where do you do classes?