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3 Reasons to Consider Adult Ballet

By Genevieve Cunningham

Ballet is a beautiful and very specific kind of dance. When most people think about taking a ballet class for the first time, they picture small children in tights and tutus. But the truth is that the benefits of ballet are good for kids and adults alike. If you’ve always wanted to try ballet but have never given it a try, take a look at these reasons to consider taking a class today.

Flexibility

This probably comes as no surprise. We all think of this as a side effect or much desired result of taking this form of dance. Ballet, no matter if you begin as a toddler or as an adult, can improve your flexibility and natural range of motion. While it won’t happen all at once, you’ll likely notice that your stretches are deeper, muscles more relaxed, and joints more comfortable after a few lessons. The longer you take classes, the more pronounced this benefit will become.

Posture

Most young kids have impeccable posture. They sit upright, shoulders relaxed and backs straight. They don't give any thought to slouching or slumping forward. But over time, this posture begins to suffer. Ballet, because of the importance of straight lines and perfect body angles, encourages good posture all over again. You'll have to pull your shoulders back and suck in the stomach. In short, you'll have to pay attention. If you’re a slouch, taking ballet may help you clean up your act in this area.

Grace

There are many types of grace, each one as difficult as the next. Ballet helps you learn a bit of physical grace. It helps with coordination, hand-eye response, and quick reflexes. It allows you to gain muscle control and makes your movements more gentle. And since we tend to lose a bit of physical grace as we age, honing in on this skill as an adult can be an excellent idea.

Ballet is an excellent way to stay in shape, both physically and mentally. And some experts even say that it is the foundation of all other types of dance. If you’re interested, join a class even as an adult. You don't have to be scared or intimidated. You’ll likely have a great time, and you’ll tone your body and bring these healthy benefits into your life as well.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Ventura, Calif.

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