At some point in their lives most little girls desire to put on a pink tutu and twirl around the living room. Some actually take lessons for awhile, but most go about their lives, having wistful thoughts whenever the ballet performs, wishing that they too had taken lessons.
And then January 2011 rolled around and the calls to the Butler Community School office began. “I’ve always wanted to learn ballet, but I’m afraid I am way past my prime!” “I know it’s ridiculous, but I have had a dream all my life of learning ballet.” “This may be a silly question, but do you have ballet classes for adults?” “At my age I should probably know better than to entertain such a fanciful dream as learning ballet, but is it possible?” “I took ballet as a child over 30 years ago. Do you have classes for someone like me?” These questions and more are just a few of the hundreds of calls that came in during the last month.
Most people think that ballet classes are for the young rather than the young at heart. Men and women both think that if they didn’t start young there is no place for them in a ballet class. That’s where they’re wrong. Ballet is for ALL ages. With ballet, it’s never too late. My job was to convince them of that, and to encourage them to try a class. And they did.
When I saw attendance in the BCS Adult Beginning Ballet class double during January, I became intrigued. What is the attraction? Why do they come? Why do they stay? I watched through the window as adults of all ages listened intently to BCS ballet teacher Libby James give simple, patient instructions and corrections.
Besides fulfilling childhood dreams, one of the reasons these classes have become so popular is because they are for adults, and are offered in the evenings on a pay-as-you-go drop-in basis. Secondly, the dreaded leotard is not required. Students can simply relax, have a good time, and workout at a speed that’s comfortable for them. And workout they do. Ballet promotes longer, leaner, beautifully toned muscles, and encourages a certain gracefulness, improving balance and posture. Ballet at the BCS promotes smiles and fun.
The secret is out. Ballet is for everyone, including you!