As a bonafide balletomane (ballet enthusiast), I've long sung the praises of dance -- as a fan, and as an eternal student. I've taken ballet classes off and on since childhood. It's always such an incredible joy to take class, and I look forward to my weekly lesson at Classical Dance Center of Norwood.
I truly believe anyone can thrive in ballet -- regardless of age, body type, or physical limitations. It works wonder for one's balance, strength, posture, and cardiovascular health. And according to a two-decade long study on the effects of leisure activities and mental acuity as we age, the New England Journal of Medicine found dance was the only physical activity linked with a lower risk of dementia.
You'll find a ton of articles on how to nab a dancer's body and what to eat to look like a ballerina, but I believe the benefits of slipping into ballet slippers far outweighs the aesthetics of a sleek bod. Getting a mental and physical boost while learning an achingly beautiful art form is a gift. Savor it!
Need help getting started? I suggest a simple Google search for "beginning ballet classes for adults" on Google or Yelp, along with your zip code. Eager to jump right in in the comfort of your own pad? Check out Jodi Gates' 5 Basic Ballet Positions. It's a quick (under 5-minute) primer to get your body used to the very basics of ballet.
Happy Pliés, my ballet buddies!
Love and FIF,