What should I wear on my body? Most people feel comfortable wearing stretchy, form-fitting clothing in order to move freely and easily observe the body's lines in the mirror. This can be the classic tights and leotard combo or non dance-specific clothes.
What should I wear on my feet? Socks are perfectly fine, and even recommended if you're starting out and don't want to buy dance shoes yet. Soft ballet shoes, made of either canvas or leather, will provide better grip and foot support and are the flat shoe of choice for ballet dancers of all levels.
What else do I need? Make sure to bring a water bottle. You may also enjoy having an extra layer to wear at the beginning of class before your body warms up.
What to expect in class
What are the differences in the class levels? Currently we offer an Adult Beginner and Adult Int./Adv. class as part of our regular offering. The Adult Beginner class is suitable for first-time ballet dancers and dancers early in their learning journey. This class focuses on the foundational postures, movements, and principles of ballet. For this reason, some more advanced dancers enjoy attending the Adult Beginner class as well. The Adult Int./Adv. class is suitable for dancers who already feel comfortable moving through the ballet positions and learning choreography.
I'm returning to ballet after a long break. What class should I take? Many dancers who practiced ballet previously (often as children) and are returning to the activity feel comfortable starting in our Int./Adv. class. You'll probably find that much of the terminology and movement returns quicker than you'd think! That said, if you're looking for an extra gentle reintroduction and want to make sure you're rebuilding a strong foundation, we always recommend checking out the Beginner class as well.
Do I need experience to take the Adult Beginner class? No! Absolute beginners are welcome. We are excited to have you in class!
Is ballet an activity for me? Ballet provides many different things for different people. Some enjoy it for exercise, some for artistic expression, some for moving meditation, some for making new friends, and the list goes on. It can be both a challenging and incredibly rewarding art form, with endless room for upward mobility. We welcome people of all genders, experiences, and backgrounds to join us and discover what dancing ballet will mean to you!