Ballet Class 101

Adult ballet class is where you learn the basics of ballet. There is no need to feel insecure if you're new to ballet. The purpose of an adult ballet class is to offer instruction without the pressure of pursuing a professional performing career. Ballet class consists...

3 Ways Jealousy Ruins Your Progress In Ballet Class

All of us at some point has envied one of our classmates. Maybe they had perfect feet. Maybe they had amazing extension, or the teacher seemed to pay more attention to them than anyone else. It can be discouraging if you dwell on the negative side of admiration:...

Mind-Body-Spirit: 3 Major Ways Ballet Improves Your Life

Studies abound on integrative health, considering the whole person when making lifestyle changes. The benefits that come from dancing are not exempt from this. Ballet is the foundation of all dance, and it can change your life in more ways than one. Mind Whether...

Ballet and Body Image

Some say the ballet world has perpetuated an unrealistic ideal. As a result, many adults are reluctant to try ballet because they are self-conscious about their body. 'I don't want to be seen in spandex!', along with countless other self-deprecating remarks. This...

How To Improve Your Turnout

Ever see a ballerina walk like a duck? That's "turnout". Turnout is the outward rotation of the hips. It's not natural, it's not easy, and it can cause damage if not done correctly. While professional ballerinas have been practicing turnout since they were children,...

5 Reasons Every Dad Should Take Ballet

When you learn you are about to be a father, most guys immediately start thinking about the million-and-one things they need to do over the next 18 years to ensure their little one grows up happy and healthy. Your to-do list suddenly includes responsibilities like…

Back to Basics: The 5 Positions of the Feet

Ballet technique starts with the five positions of the feet. Unlike other dance forms where the steps are performed in the parallel position, ballet technique operates on the principle of turnout, or the outward rotation of the hips. Here's a review of the five...
25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

25 Ballet Books, Films, and Media To Binge On This Summer

During my teen years, my second home (besides the studio), was the library. I immersed myself in ballet culture: memoirs, how-to's, encyclopedic histories of dance companies, even Angelina Ballerina, for crying out loud. While this list is by no means a definitive...

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Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet Style: 3 Trends For The Studio

Ballet students are typically expected to follow a strict dress code. Adult ballet students have a little more leeway. If the traditional leotard isn't really your thing, but you don't want to ditch the idea all together, consider 3 popular looks for class that will...

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3 Major Pointe No-No’s

3 Major Pointe No-No’s

Pointe shoes are one of the most fascinating inventions to dancers and non-dancers alike. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how they should be properly worn or maintained. Whether you're an actual student who is new to pointe, or you're young at heart and like to play...

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7 Reasons Guys Should Take Ballet

7 Reasons Guys Should Take Ballet

Ballet isn't just for women. Men can benefit from class as well. With its focus on building stamina and strength, ballet makes a great cross-training activity for guys looking to up their game, or try something new. Still not convinced? Consider 7 reasons guys should...

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Cambré  and Port de Bras: The Ultimate Upper-Body Duo

Cambré and Port de Bras: The Ultimate Upper-Body Duo

All of us, dancers and non-dancers do it: we wake up in the morning and give our upper bodies a big stretch. We reach to the ceiling, arch our backs, lean sideways. In ballet, these movements are officially known as cambré and port de bras, and they too serve as an...

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10 Tips For Your First Recital!

10 Tips For Your First Recital!

'Tis the season for recitals! It has been your dream to dance on stage, and now you are! (Or will be) There are a number of performance opportunities open to adult ballet students at recreation centers, community colleges, and pre-professional dance schools. If you're...

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HELLO DANCERS. Nikki, The Last Dancer
I'm Nikki! I am an adult ballet dancer & micro influencer from Chicagoland. Here on Ballet For Adults, I have a newsletter, shop, podcast, vlog, directory & tons of original resource articles unique to the Grace + Style of an adult ballet dancer. The shop is the premier destination for adult ballet dancers with products I have designed, and brands I love & wear. I would never put a product in the shop that I don’t believe in. So whether you are just beginning, coming back or never left…if you love the practice, the artistry and the lifestyle, let’s keep going, and growing together! 
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