Benefits of Ballet Excercise
The entire ballet form is based on incredible posture. Adult ballet students will often tell us that they have improved posture due to increases in core/postural strength and body awareness.
Even professional ballerinas use the kind of ballet exercises we use in my adult ballet classes to maintain their perfect posture!
“My posture has improved, and now I’m more aware of the way I carry myself. Especially when I’m at sitting at my computer, I make more of an effort to sit properly so I’m not hunched over.”
A great portion of the ballet barre is devoted to stretching after every sequence, so it seems natural one’s flexibility would improve greatly.
“Since I started Daisuke's Adult ballet training, my limited movement in one ankle due to a bad sprain gain more strength and flexibility! ”
3. Core STRENGTH
Ballet isn't just exercised either a type of dance. In fact, regular practice of ballet can give you just as much strength as training with small weights. This gradual increase in strength will make your movements more fluid, but you’ll also find that you’re more fit to carry things in your everyday life.
Ballet just won't strengthen your core. You’ll find that you’ll be so fit, that you can do strenuous things quite easily. Many of our students have seen improvement in their stamina and cardiovascular endurance. After starting adult ballet classes, you may be pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly you can walk up multiple flights of stairs.
When you combine the postural, core, and stabilizing strength ballet provides, you get a nice side effect: improved coordination. In a world full of screens, it’s easy to feel disconnected from your body. Ballet can put you back into it!
“much-improved control over my body.”
6.WEIGHT LOSS & BODY IMAGE
Ballet is an excellent “all in one” exercise, combining extensive stretches with concentrated movement. Excess fat is shredded and muscle tone improves.
Of course, we like to emphasize that anyone can do ballet and that health can be achieved at every size!
“My body has completely transformed. Before starting adult ballet classes, I did lots of cardio but was still gaining weight. Now, ballet is my only form of exercise, and my body is leaner and stronger.”
“I love Daisuke's class as it is for everyone. You see people of all genders and ages in class. Different body types. And, you aren’t expected to be this tiny, willowy thing. The focus is on what you can *do* with your body, and the atmosphere is supportive and encouraging, which makes it a joy to attend.”
7. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Students have also told us that they feel an increased sharpness in their cognitive function. We suspect this is due to the mental processing one must accomplish in class. Some studies show that dance training can possibly slow or prevent Alzheimer’s.
“Learning combinations on the left and the right, as well as balancing, has worked my brain in new ways,”
“I use a part of my brain that was never used in 40 years as an engineer.
Learning ballet routines can keep your mind sharp – stretching not only your muscles but also your memory."
You would think that the challenge of ballet would deflate confidence – but results consistently show the opposite. Students are always telling us that they’ve experienced an increase in their self-confidence and will feel increasingly better about their abilities and their bodies.
An older student told us that taking adult ballet classes gave them “confidence” just because they were doing ballet over the age of 40; realising that you can learn a new skill at any point in your life is a huge confidence boost.
“Because I’ve been successful in ballet classes, I feel I can try out more new things.”
9. Mental Health
Recent scientific studies can back us up on this: dance can increase your overall life satisfaction.
Our students believe the deep concentration needed to remember ballet positions and routines clears the mind, like meditation. Students report a better sense of well-being after class. These results seem to last well beyond the time spent in the studio!
“the best form of stress relief I have found. The combination of physical intensity and concentration required to help me clear my mind, no matter how preoccupied.”
“get a few hours of being able to turn my brain off and just be in movement.”