Several publications – including the Telegraph, the BBC and the Guardian – have featured the benefits of ballet as an all-round workout: core strength, posture, muscle sculpting and flexibility to name a few. It would appear that the time has come for ballet!
Therefore we enlisted our resident ballet teacher, Lauren Haith, to develop the first ballet class in the Hampton Court area exclusively for adults.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Each class begins with exercises at the barre before moving into the centre to practise footwork
- Join us to keep fit and toned with an expressive and sociable workout
- It’s never too late to learn something new. Very friendly, welcoming atmosphere – no leotards or pink tights required!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is the course suitable for beginners?
Yes, absolutely. It's never too late to learn something new. Participants of any level are welcome, from complete beginners to those with some experience of childhood ballet classes. Each student is gently encouraged to build on their existing facility as the course progresses.
Do I need special equipment or clothing?
No, just comfortable clothing that you can move easily in. Leotards and tights are not required! The first class is a taster session for the rest of the course, for which you do not even need ballet shoes. If you continue with the course, we recommend purchasing your own ballet shoes, which will cost about £20. Your tutor can advise on a suitable type.
Meet your tutor
Lauren is Hampton Court House's dance teacher. She first started ballet at the age of three at Dance Warehouse in Kent, where her passion quickly grew from a hobby into a vocation. Later, Lauren extended her dance experience by studying jazz, contemporary and street jazz alongside ballet. Her love of teaching was first kindled at age 15, when she was invited to become an assistant in dance classes at her dance school, before developing her practical and academic experience with a degree in ballet education from the Royal Academy of Dance.
RESERVE A PLACE
A sociable, fun and unusual way to keep fit
- This course runs on Thursday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30 pm, starting on 19 April, with a two weeks’ break at half term
- Course fee: £200 – covers the whole term and an informal, light buffet supper served at 6.15 pm before class each week
- Numbers are capped in order to ensure personal attention from the tutor, so we recommend reserving a place soon
- The first class is a taster session; if you decide that the course is not for you, we offer a full no-quibble refund