Adult Ballet is a graceful and expressive dance class designed specifically for adults of all levels of experience and fitness. Whether you're a beginner with no prior training or have some training and are looking to refine your technique, this class provides a supportive and inclusive environment for adults to explore the beauty and discipline of ballet.
The class typically begins with a ballet barre warm-up session. Participants line up at the barre, a long horizontal bar attached to the wall, and perform a series of exercises to warm up and strengthen the muscles. These exercises focus on developing proper alignment, posture, balance, and flexibility. The barre work also helps participants to improve their turnout, which is the outward rotation of the hips that is characteristic of ballet.
After the barre work, the class moves to the centre floor for adagio (slow and controlled) and allegro (fast and energetic) exercises. Participants learn a variety of ballet steps, such as pliés, tendus, relevés, dégagés, and jumps. The teacher guides the class through combinations and sequences, teaching the technical aspects of ballet technique while emphasising fluidity, grace, and musicality.
Throughout the class, participants also focus on developing their strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Floor exercises and stretches may be included to improve core strength, extension, and overall body alignment. Additionally, centre work may incorporate turns, pirouettes, and petite allegro (small jumps) to enhance coordination, agility, and precision.
The Adult Ballet class emphasises proper technique and alignment, but also encourages participants to express themselves and find joy in the movement. The class provides a space for adults to connect with their bodies, improve posture and gracefulness, and experience the artistry of ballet. Participants are encouraged to develop their musicality, interpretation, and personal style within the framework of classical ballet.
Tutor: Kay Munday
Where: The Spark Studio
When: Wednesdays, 7 - 7:45pm
Cost: £6 per session
How to book: Please email Polly at [email protected] or message us on Facebook.
What do students need to wear?Uniform: There is specific uniforms for each class. Uniform is paid for separately and be purchased from our studio shop. For trial sessions, we recommend wearing leggings and a t-shirt for all classes. Footwear: For the Youth Theatre and Upbeat Dance classes trainers are required. For Ballet we have a shoe box available for students to try. Once they have found the right fit, they can purchase the shoes from the uniform shop.
Do students need to bring anything to class?A Drink: For all classes, we recommend that students bring a labeled drinks bottle containing water or another non-carbonated beverage. Please avoid bringing cans or fizzy drinks. Labeling the bottles will allow us to return them if left behind" For Youth Theatre: Once enrolled in the Youth Theatre class, each student will be provided with a dedicated folder to safely store scripts, lyrics, and notes in one place. It is required to bring this folder to every session.
What if a student is running late?Ideally students should arrive before a class and be ready to start on time. If late please quietly join in with the activities and avoid disturbing other students.If possible, a message in advance explaining lateness would be appreciated.
How do I make a payment?To book a term of classes, we prefer the use of BACS (Banker's Automated Clearing Services). Setting up BACS through online banking makes the process easier and more convenient. However, if you need to pay in cash, we also accept this method of payment. Ask Polly for The Spark BACS payment details when you enrol. Please always mark payments with the participant’s full name and class details.
Can a student come for one class to see if they like it?We currently offer a £1 trial session at the beginning of each new term. If a students continues they will get that reduced from the termly bill. Please contact [email protected] to book.
Do students need previous experience to take a class?No. The class is designed to include all levels of experience.
Do you offer performance opportunities?We provide a range of exciting opportunities for our students. Each term, we host a family showcase at our bespoke studio exclusively for primary school age groups, allowing them to showcase their talents. In addition, every one to two years, we produce a grand show that invites all students to audition. These shows have consistently received positive feedback and have been polished to perfection, demonstrating that our weekly sessions adequately prepare students for further artistic endeavors if they choose to pursue them. Past productions have included well-known titles such as Peter Pan Jr, Alice in Wonderland Jr, Into The Woods, and most recently Moana Jr