"I HAD TIME TO PURSUE A DREAM - TO LEARN TO DANCE"
Make your life a story worth telling. Here, one of our amazing & beautiful En Avant Ballet clients tells us about her journey starting ballet as an adult & how it has transformed her life!
"My 3 boys had all left for universality and I suddenly found I had time to pursue a dream. To learn to dance. Classical ballet to be precise.
Having never taken a lesson before and only rarely watched a live ballet performance, I'm not sure where this idea originated.
I was fortunate in having done several years of Pilates so had good core strength but apart from that I had absolutely nothing going for me! I was a complete novice with no idea what or where even 'first position' was or any of the other terms used in ballet*. . . But fortunately from the very first lesson I loved every element of the ballet class. I had found a form of exercise that suited me perfectly. It not only soothed away any stress that came with me to the class because every exercise is executed to beautiful classical music, but it also slowly but surely gave me an enviable body shape and my confidence grew and grew. My limbs lengthened and strengthened, my stomach flattened and my derrière became raised and taut!
Surprisingly, the physical challenge was relatively manageable. What I hadn't bargained for was the extreme concentration required to remember the short routines explained before each exercise and as one progressed, the musicality needed to adapt the movements to the changing rhythm of the music. But it was a good challenge and over time these issues were no longer of concern. My memory has improved, as has my focus. All these things have changed my life.
Apart from the joy of attending class as regularly as 5 times a week I have also loved the Repertoire Workshops that Karis holds where as a group, we learn a small part from one of the many famous and iconic ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty. Also attending Master Classes taught by professional dancers of the Royal Ballet where they share their expertise and wisdom is so inspiring - a real once in a lifetime experience!
Classical ballet has been the best regimen I could have found. It's been life changing. Thanks En Avant Ballet!"
Amanda Japp, 58 from Norfolk.
*first position - referring to First Position of the feet or arms, positions used in every ballet class ranging from beginner to professional.