If you like the idea of giving ballet a go, why not try a beginner ballet class? You’ll get a great workout, meet a community of women, and enjoy getting some more movement in your day.

It doesn’t matter your age, how fit you are or even if you’ve tried ballet before. Ballet is for everyone, and it’s never too late to pull on the shoes and have a go as an adult.

On this page we look at:

● This Girl Can Ambassador Sindi’s story about fitting in ballet classes around being a busy mum

● Trying ballet classes as a beginner

● Finding beginner ballet classes for adults near you

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Sindi found ways to fit in dance classes while juggling parenthood

When Sindi had her first ballet class at age 7, she felt like “the fat kid”. But she loves to dance and nothing was going to stop her. Now with 7 kids and working part-time, she fits in a dance class whenever she can. And today when she feels like she’s not good enough – she just laughs it off.

Trying beginner ballet classes as an adult

You don’t need to aspire to join the next production of The Nutcracker to try ballet. Beginner classes are available for women of all ages and abilities. It’s a fantastic workout, a great way to meet other women and a graceful activity that will cultivate aconnection with how your body moves.

Beginner ballet is about discovering a few basic techniques, work on body alignment, and enjoy the feeling of expressing yourself through movement. Plus you’ll build core strength, flexibility, aerobic fitness, and enjoy a range of health and mental wellbeing benefits.

Classes often start with barre techniques (moves you do from a stationary handrail for support) and eventually progress to floor work. Teachers are friendly and supportive, and you’ll be joined by other women giving it a go as well so there’s plenty of community and encouragement to go around!

You aren’t expected to know the moves at first, and you don’t need expensive equipment or dance shoes to get started. All that matters is putting your hand up and having a go.

Beginner ballet classes in Melbourne and regional Victoria

Ready to try women’s ballet lessons? Here are some tips for jumping into your first class.

Have a look online to find a ballet studio for adults near you. If you can’t find the information on their website, contact them to ask if they offer adult ballet lessons. Some will have a casual rate (pay per class), and some will offer discounts for joining for a month or longer. You can usually do a trial class to see how you feel, which can be a good idea when you’re starting out.

If you love dance, No Lights, No Lycra is also fun, non-judgmental freestyle dance class where you can dance like no one’s watching (literally, it’s in the dark!)

Joining a barre class near you

If you’d like to try a few ballet moves in an easy-going class that focuses on fitness rather than dancing, a barre class could be for you.

Ballet barre classes are group training that combines elements from ballet, pilates and yoga. They are low-impact and sometimes use light weights to develop your strength. There are plenty of repetitions and you’ll definitely work up a sweat!There are many ballet barre classes in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Some gyms and group training studios offer sessions, so if you can’t find a ballet class for adults nearby, this could be a good option. Have a look online and see what you can find.

Trying ballet for beginners or returning after a break

  • Join along with this beginner barre video on our Get Active @ Home hub.
  • Google it! Ballet schools are everywhere, but you may have to go a bit further than your local area to attend one you like. It’s a good idea to give a few a try with a trial class to see what feels right.
  • Find a Supporter in your neighbourhood, to see if a ballet school for adults has registered online to support This Girl Can – Victoria.
  • Ask other women about ballet – chat to your friends, family or colleagues about doing an activity together, or post a question to our Facebook page where there’s a super supportive community of women who can help you out.

Can’t get out right now?

If you can’t make it out to join a ballet class, you can find some ballet classes online to try at home. If you’re just getting started with ballet or barre, this can be a great way to get used to some of the moves and start improving your flexibility and conditioning for when you do give a class a try.

Learn more about This Girl Can – Victoria and how it’s helping women feel good by getting activity in a way that suits them.

Ballet is just one way you can work up a sweat and enjoy being more active. If you’d like to try another activity, here are some others you could have a go at.