A lot of people have jumped on the ballet class bandwagon. Why? Because ballet classes are entertaining, have great health benefits, and, who doesn't want to look long and lean like Natalie Portman in “Black Swan?”

Ballet is strenuous -- so use caution and common sense -- because every inch of your body is actively engaged in the movements. And ballet is good for the brain because, like any kind of dance, it requires that the brain remembers the steps and coordinates upper and lower body movements at the same time. If that’s not enough to get you moving...consider that the classical music used in ballet has a beneficial effect as well. Studies have shown that classical music stimulates the alpha waves in the brain, thus enhancing thinking and learning.

One of the greatest benefits of ballet is that it can tone your body while greatly improving posture. Have you ever seen a ballet dancer who slouches? In ballet you learn to stand tall like you have a string attached to the crown of your head which is suspended from the ceiling. Good posture is essential in staying healthy and pain free.

Many people find ballet dancing helps relieve stress, not only because you are exercising, but you must concentrate solely on the movements, forgetting about your problems for a while. And on top of all that, it’s fun.

There are dance studios offering adult ballet classes all over South Florida...below are two in Miami-Dade. However, if you need a little more convincing, or just aren’t ready to commit... click this link to a magazine article that features my daughter, Amber, who teaches dance in the Washington, D.C. area, and a 20-minute mini-ballet lesson in a video.  If you click on the symbol in the lower left of the video frame to expand the picture, you can watch the video as you dance away in the privacy of your home.

Bravo!

Adult ballet classes:

In Miami

  • The Bar Method: 5734 Sunset Drive, South Miami  (305-668-7738), miami@barmethod.com
  • In Motion:  4700 Biscayne Blvd. Miami  (305-751-2229)

Near Fort Lauderdale

Near Palm Beach

 Do any of you take Ballet lessons?  If so, do you have a favorite ballet school?

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Sibyl

Sibyl Adams, Seniority Matters’ featured fitness blogger, has spent three decades in the health and fitness field. She began competing in local body building events in 1980, and by 1983, she was second in her weight class in the International Arm Wresting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sibyl remained active in the body-building scene for more than a decade, while also teaching aerobics and running races. She retired from body building in 1990, but continued running competitively until 2004, when she suffered an ankle injury.

Today, Sibyl works full-time as a personal fitness trainer and is president of her own company, A Personal Touch Fitness. She is a certified Reiki master, a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Trainer, and is currently pursuing a certification in yoga. She enjoys swimming, power-walking and playing with her grandchildren.


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