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Announcement, short break coming up.

 I hope you are well. Lady Bay Ballet will be having a short break soon due to me being out of the UK, this week will be our final week of classes in February. There is good news though, we will be back and running as normal from Friday 15th March! I would not want you to stop dancing if you are able to, I have suggested in class that you take ballet class whenever you can. If you are not able to find an alterative class here are some stretches that you can do in the comfort of your own home!

Keeping Supple-

If you would like to maintain your strength and flexibility to help keep your body supple you can practise any of our barre exercises at home working on the use of the feet and floor, inner thighs and posture.

Our Rise exercise that we begin all our classes with facing the barre would be excellent to practise when ever you can. Exercise:- X8 full rises, X16 quarter rises -Repeat as much as you like. 

Here are a few bare exercises to practise- Plie, Tendu and Glisse. Continue with Full Port De Bras (bending) forward, Sideways and Backwards these will help maintain your flexibility in your hamstrings and back. 

Gentle stretches:-

Frogs/Butterfly

Sitting up straight on the floor with the soles of your feet pressed together, let your legs naturally fall either side with there own weight. You can gently press you legs down with your own strength and gently bend forwards for a deeper stretch. This is a fantastic stretch that will help open up your hips. Stay in this stretch for 2-3 minutes. 

Box Splits

Sitting up straight on the floor, gently open your legs to a V shape, stretch your feet, and take deep breaths. For a deeper stretch you can walk your hand forward inform of you and hold. 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to drop me a email and I look forward to seeing this week!

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New Beginner Adult Ballet Class

Starting Tuesday 8th January, 7.30-8.30pm

Our brand new Beginner Adult Ballet Class is starting on Tuesday 8th from 7.30-8.30pm at Poppy and Pint. The level of the class will be set at a beginner level. I am very aware that a lot of people are only available in the evening times due to work/family commitments and our current Wednesday evening class has grown over the past 4 years into a more advanced ballet class, this helped my decision in creating a new beginner ballet class were everybody can still enjoy all of the benefits of which classical ballet technique offers but of a level and pace were a complete beginner who has never danced before can come and feel at ease. You are very welcome to come to any of our classes at any time as they are all pay as you go. Our Tuesday class could be your new weekly class or it could also be an additional ballet class for you in the week!

About our Beginners Adult Pointe Classes

Wednesdays 6.30-7.15pm and Fridays 2.15-3.00pm

These pointe classes have been created for the complete beginner in pointe work and have been developed for adults that wish to 'go on pointe' or wished and never got the chance, this is your time!
Perhaps you have always wanted to own your own pair of pointe shoes, 'get up on to pointe' and that has been your dream, this class is starting for you.

We begin the class on the floor, using a TheraBand we work on strengthening exercises for the metatarsals, ankles and foot. We also work on a metatarsal exercise using the floor, which is fantastic for strengthening and training the toes and metatarsals.

As well as accomplishing getting onto pointe when you are ready (always using the ballet barre), we will also be looking at how we dance in pointe shoes, this is very important as they are very different to soft ballet shoes. Working in pointe shoes strengthens your feet, metatarsals, ankles and core.
The art of dancing in a pointe shoe is something we will continue to explore after the barre through classical ballet exercises in the centre, working on flat in pointe shoe continues to strengthen the feet.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Cave at ladybayballet@sky.com

 

Bill our lovely dancer that joins us on Friday mornings in our beginner class is pictures here below. Bill kindly brought in a photo of herself when she was a young girl and her certificates from an RAD exam.
Seeing Bill then in her past and now still taking ballet class moved me very much.
Bills storey was a wonderful example of why I began Lady Bay Ballet over 4 years ago. It is very inspiring and a great motivation to keep Lady Bay Ballets ethos alive!

Thank you Bill.