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What is Ballet Be Fit Midlands?

What is Ballet Be Fit Midlands?

Ballet Be Fit Midlands launched on zoom in December 2020. It is part of Leap Dance Midlands based in Derbyshire and started by Elaine. Elaine is a qualified Royal Academy of Dance teacher and a Ballet Be Fit trained fitness instructor. Leap Dance Midlands offers Ballet Be Fit, Adult Ballet and Children’s ballet, tap, modern and musical theatre classes in Repton South Derbyshire and Tutbury in East Staffordshire.

Ballet Be Fit Midlands classes are low impact and gentle. They are ideal for people starting out doing exercise classes as well as those with injuries that mean they need to be careful with the types of exercises and classes they can participate in. The classes start at the barre with a warm up and exercises that gently warm up and tone the legs. The class then moves to the centre with a port de bras, which is the ballet term for the arm movements. It is a great exercise to tone the arms. There is also a cardio section but without the high impact exercises in a typical aerobics class. The exercises are ballet based which means the upper and lower body gets a full workout. Floor exercises also work on the upper and lower body muscle conditioning. The classes end with a cool down and stretch helping with focusing the mind and the body.

Ballet Be Fit is a new and different type of exercise class. It is a fitness class but inspired by ballet. This means it has all the benefits of an ordinary exercise class. It improves fitness levels, aids weight loss and helps to tone the body. But because it is ballet inspired it has the added benefits of helping improve posture which is a common issue caused by sitting at a laptop all day and working from home without the proper office equipment. Ballet is also beneficial for improving flexibility and movement as well as balance, coordination, alignment and control.

As well as the positive impact on the body and health. Ballet Be Fit also benefits the mind too. It helps with overall well-being as ballet is such a fluid and beautifully controlled movement meaning that whilst dancing and performing the moves it really takes your mind of everything around you. It gives you time to just focus on the now and forget about all the external pressures. There is an Energising class on Saturdays which really boosts and motivates ready for the weekend. Doing the class helps with feelings of fatigue and low energy levels. There is a specific Relaxation and Stretch class on Thursday which uses chill out music and is gentle and suitable for beginners. The classes can help with relaxation stress and also improve sleep quality. Monday has an Improvers class which includes more complex ballet movements and exercises. Due to popularity of the classes a new adult Pure Ballet classes have started. The class teaches ballet and is specifically designed for adults. Some are beginners who have always wanted to try ballet and some are adults who did ballet or dance as children and wanted to return to a ballet class.

Ballet is so good for adults to learn and continue with as it is less intense on the joints than other forms of dance and exercise. It still helps with improving fitness and muscle tone but in a more gently way. It has huge benefits to improve posture.

Our newest classes in Anslow have launched!

We had a fantastic start to our newest addition to the timetable- a new Primary and Junior Friday after school class at Anslow Village Hall. We have received some wonderful feedback from the parents and children;

“Thank you for yesterday’s class. My daughter has shown me some of the dances she learnt this morning. When I asked her if she liked the class she replied ‘I didn’t like it Mummy, I loved it!’. Looking forward to next week.

“Thank you for today, my daughter really loved it and is already counting down the sleeps until the next class.”

We are still offering trial classes so please do get in touch if you would like to book a place for your child/ren.

Here is our updated timetable:

Anslow classes starting in September

Exciting news! Due to popularity we are starting new classes in Anslow in East Staffordshire in September. We are excited to start our classes on Fridays at the Village Hall from 4-5pm for children aged 4 and over teaching ballet, tap and modern dance. We are also starting our Junior/Intermediate classes 5-6:30pm teaching ballet, tap, modern and musical theatre.

Please do get in touch to register your child or these new and exciting classes or find out more.

New Mini and Grown Up class starting soon!

Leap Dance Midlands are excited to start our newest class- Mini and Grown Up dance and movement classes in Willington on Saturdays and Tutbury on Friday afternoons.

The class develops new skills including coordination, balance, control and fine and gross motor skills. It is also a chance to bond with your little one, join in and dance as well as meeting other parents and grandparents.

Contact us today to find out more Leapdancemidlands@gmail.com