Ballet is becoming so popular that the number of athletes, both men and women, is increasing and more people are choosing to incorporate this type of dance into their training. The former England footballer Rio Ferdinand, for example, claims that the key to his professional success is ballet. It has helped him to improve his flexibility, balance and body toning.
Thanks to ballet, which is a fantastic and complete cardiovascular exercise, we will change the weights and machines for a ballet barre and mirrors. We will be able to perform new training routines based on “pliés”, “relevés”, “arabesques”, “relevés”, “elancés”, stretches, turns and jumps to the rhythm of the music.
In every ballet class, according to the level of the students, we work on different parts of the body: arms, legs, feet and ankles, abdominals, buttocks… which, progressively, become stronger and firmer.
Compared to other physical activities where there is a risk of overdeveloping muscles, ballet elongates and slims the figure and leaves your body more toned and elegant.
What are the benefits of doing ballet?
The main benefit for our body is that it tones and slims our figure. While dancing ballet we not only test our muscles and elasticity, but we also work on our body posture and balance.
Another great benefit of taking ballet classes is that it is also good for the brain. It is essential to concentrate on each movement, so in addition to moving the body we are also stimulating our mind.
Apart from the task of learning the steps and positions of feet, ankles, hips and arms, our brain has also to calculate the space we have to dance, remember the complete choreography and get us to move to the rhythm of the music. It’s a real challenge for our neurons.
You will begin to experience positive improvements in emotional well-being and mental health from your very first ballet classes. The rest of the physical benefits will not take long to appear if you attend regularly to your ballet classes, like the ones we teach at Centro El Lucero.
Another advantage of ballet is that it makes us more aware of ourselves and our limits, more disciplined and constant. With perseverance, practice and dedication you will be able to achieve the best version of yourself in every classical dance class.