Get Ballet Fit
I was a dancer when I was younger. From the age of 10 til I was about 22, I spent a large amount of time in sweaty dance studios. Dance was my first love. I had planned to study dance full time and go pro, but decided to do A Levels, then go to uni and then before I knew it, the dance dream was dead. You’re too old to start taking it seriously at 22. Anyhoo, I say all that to say this: I love dancing. It has played a huge part in who I am today. I have a real emotional attachment to it. So, when I was chatting to someone on Twitter and she said she’d been doing online ballet classes, I was all ‘what the?! Where?! When?!’ It was then, I found out about the fabulosity of Sleek Technique and friends, it rocked my world this past weekend.
Sleek Technique run live online ballet classes and have quite the arsenal of pre-recorded classes you can download to do in your own time too. On Saturday morning, I did the 55 minute Classic Ballet class. The process was explained to me clearly in an email: I downloaded a piece of software that took two minutes – once I fired that up, I could see the instructor, she could see me. There were four other people booked into it as well, sweating it out in their living rooms, wherever they may have been in the world (no one but the instructor can see you though, so don’t worry about embarrassing yourself!)
The class seriously put me through my paces. The warm up worked through the feet, legs and upper body, getting your cardio up a bit too. Then we moved on to barre work. It was here I remembered just how much ballet works the legs – I was feeling it instantly. It felt great to be working through some classic ballet moves though.
Barre work was followed by some more general ballet moves that really focused in on maintaining a strong core, glutes and balance. This section moved at quite a pace, so your heart rate is up and you’re doing some really lovely moves.
To finish off, we had a stretch out on the floor.
The class was really thorough and gave me such a good workout. I was knackered at the end of it! I loved that I could just roll out of bed on a Saturday morning and do that in my living room, with a professional teaching me. Victoria, the teacher, was fantastic too. She made sure everyone is doing the technique right and corrected posture etc when necessary.
To make it even sweeter, Sleek Technique offer the first class free for you to get a taste of what they’re about. I’ll definitely be tuning in for more of their classes. Ballet is so great for posture and core. I’d forgotten how much I loved it.
So if you feel you need to work on your Black Swan, definitely check out Sleek Technique. I can’t recommend them enough.