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Bright Star World Dance - 108 High Street, Portland ME - Corner of High & Spring
"Thank you for an amazing ballet class! My legs were for sure a little sore, but even after just one day, my body mechanics are much better! Adult ballet is the way to go! I also loved how everyone within the class was so happy to just be there." — Faye, student
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Intro to Ballet for Adults
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Forget the stereotypes. Ballet is for every body!
Ballet technique improves your posture, balance, strength, poise, and flexibility, helping you learn about the muscles in your body and how they work together!
Choose from two class levels:
NOTE: During this COVID-19 era, all classes are online via Zoom!
Bright Star World Dance is located in the Arts District at 108 High Street, Portland ME, at the corner of High and Spring. Look for the dark green door set back from the street next to the Little Tap House Restaurant. Get directions here.
Ballet is a full body workout that leaves you feeling taller and stronger.
You'll improve your posture and balance, develop flexibility safely, and strengthen your entire body.
Learn and practice the foundations of ballet with a focus with safety and awareness for people of all different body types and abilities.
You don't need to be flexible or coordinated. You don't need any particular look. You don't need to change a thing. We'll start right where you are, and we'll grow together.
Intro to Ballet welcomes adult beginners of all ages, body types, and abilities.
You'll learn the mechanics and artistry of the foundation movements of ballet. You'll become familiar with traditional sequences, discover new muscles, and gently develop your flexibility... starting where you are right now.
You don't need to lose weight. You don't need to be coordinated. You just need to bring your sense of fun and a desire to learn something new.
Join the next 4-week course! You can attend either day, switch it up as needed, or review the recorded classes later.
Ballet Basics for Adults welcomes dancers with a familiarity of the foundation movements of ballet. From here, we grow together!
This class will help to develop your memory, your technique, and your coordination as we gently increase the speed and complexity of the foundation movements.
Start this week! Ongoing drop-in classes have a different focus on each day. Combinations change weekly. Sign up for a single class, get a flexible 6-class card, or choose unlimited classes!
"Rosa's manner is supportive, not critical (even when making a correction!) Our classes are a judgement free zone for overall dance enrichment. I am definitely seeing a difference in how I carry my body and move in daily activities as well as my other dancing." — Susan F., student
People of all genders, fitness levels, and body types are welcome, ages 14+.
Whether you are new to dance, returning after a long time, or looking to crosstrain, we would love to have you join in!
Ballet or yoga wear is perfect: Leotard & tights, or leggings & fitted tank top and/or sports bra. Short chiffon dance skirts are OK. Clothing should be form-fitting to allow the teacher to see your lines and help you move safely.
Leather or canvas ballet slippers are recommended. Consult the folks at Petit Jete Dance Boutique in Brunswick to get a good shoe fit. Ballet shoes are typically smaller than your street shoes. They should fit more like socks than like shoes.
Use code TP49115 at Discount Dance Supply to get 10% off your order. Be sure to read the size charts carefully as each brand is different! Ballet shoes are often sized smaller than than street shoes.
Non-grippy socks are OK for your first class if you do not have time to get ballet slippers.
Absolutely--Intro to Ballet is perfect for you!. This class will teach you the basics of ballet. It includes "barre" work to start, where you stand with your hand on a ballet barre and do drilling exercises like plies, tendus, rond de jambes and grand battments. (Don't know what these are? No problem! Everything will be broken down.) Time permitting, we'll put the barres away and do "center" work using the barre exercises to dance combinations.
As you probably know, even the most well-known professionals are still working to perfect their plie, their turnout, their extension. Ballet Basics will provide traditional barre and center work that is sure to make you sweat, no matter what your level.
Our Zoom sessions open 10 minutes prior to each class. Sign in, warm up, and check in with your fellow students!
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