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Dancer Profile: Alison McDonald

Name: Alison McDonald Age: 52 1. When did you start doing ballet as an adult? I started doing ballet as an adult in my late thirties in Melbourne. I began taking lessons at The Loft Studios in Geelong just over two years ago.  2. Did you ever take lessons as …

Dancer Profile – Jane Acopian

Name: Jane Acopian Age: 36 1. Which dance classes have you been taking? I started taking Absolute Beginner Ballet but have moved to Contemporary. 2. Did you ever take lessons as a kid? I took lessons on and off in primary school but my main focus from around 4 to …

Studio Open Day 2015

We are looking forward to kick starting 2015 with our Summer Studio Open Day! A fabulous day of dance & movement taster sessions. We are now taking enrolments for all Term 1 classes. Not sure which class to book in for? Come along to our Open Day and try them …

Dancer Profile – Helena Apted

Name: Helena Apted Age: 61 1. When did you start doing ballet as an adult? I started taking classes about 12 months ago  2. Did you ever take lessons as a kid? No 3. Why did you decide to take lessons as an adult? I do ballroom dancing and have a lot …

Guest Blog Post: Straighten up and dance right

“Keep doing what you’re doing.” They’re good words to be told when leaving the osteopath: No ‘but,’ no ‘however,’ just keep it up. When I started ballet as a raw beginner a little over two years ago, a key motivator was my posture. Sitting at a desk all day for …

Dancer Profile – Justine Rutherford

Name: Justine Rutherford Age: 37 When did you start doing ballet as an adult? Almost two years ago I started Adult Ballet classes at “The Loft”…I haven’t looked back since. Did you ever take lessons as a kid? I took Ballet lessons as a teenager. It sounds odd to start ballet so late but …

What to expect from a Barre Class

Barre classes are very popular these days although this is one fitness trend that is here to stay. Barre studios are popping up in every major city across the globe, along with a variety of DVDs you can do at home. While all Barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most …

Dancer Profile – Bethany Keats

Name: Bethany Keats Age: 28 Dance Style: Ballet When did you start doing ballet as an adult? I started as a beginner adult when I was 26, which was term 3, 2012.  Did you ever take lessons as a kid?  I never took formal ballet lessons as a kid. As a …

Adult ballet: injury risks and reality checks

When  I took up ballet as an adult and as a beginner there was a common protest from my friends: You’ll wreck your body. Ballet has developed a reputation, deserved or otherwise, of being an injury-prone activity. We accept this blindly without taking into account who is being injured and …

Guest Blog Post: The nouns and adjectives of Adult Ballet

  Ballerina baləˈriːnə A female ballet dancer. Origin: late 18th century: from Italian, feminine of ballerino ‘dancing master’, from ballare ‘to dance’, from late Latin. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, if you are a female who dances ballet you are a ballerina. Yet for so long I would protest when my boyfriend called …