If your teenagers are missing their weekly ballet fix, there are lots of ways to keep learning ballet at home. The Ballet Coach, Sarah Du-Feu is offering the ideal live-streamed ballet classes on YouTube and Facebook. She's teaching teenagers and adults intermediate level ballet moves, the most advanced session of the in the week, with lots of work on the barre during lockdown.
Aimed at children 13 and above, these classes are the perfect way to take them back to the barre. Your kids will not only build self-confidence and creativity, they will also get a great workout through dance as well. What can you expect from the class? The session takes the format of typical dance school classes, with warmups and speedy dynamic exercises that will get your heart rate going. Fellow English National Ballet dancer Anya Mercer has written a how-to guide on starting ballet at home, which you can read here.
You will get to grips with different ballet sequences, as well as learning a host of new moves. Parents are welcome to join in as well and practise their demi-pliés, grande Jeté and assemblé. You will soon discover that ballet builds strength, stamina and balance and lengthens your muscles. So throw on your ballet shoes and channel that inner ballerina. Bear in mind The Ballet Coach is offering more virtual classes and ballet exercises for beginners too, one for kids aged 8-13, one for ages 5-7 and one for under 6s.
What you’ll need
- Some of the exercises require a chair, which will be used as a barre.
- Wear comfortable clothes that you can move about in. Ballet shoes are optional!
- Make sure you have a good WiFi connection for the best user experience.
What you’ll do
- The live sessions are on at 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday.
- These are live ballet classes streamed on YouTube and Facebook for your kids aged 13 and above, following a similar structure to a traditional in-person ballet class.