Intro to Adult Ballet

Jan. 10 – Mar. 20 (2/14 cancelled)
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
$5 Members
$10 Non-Members
FREE – Seniors 65+

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This class is designed for adults of all ages and fitness levels who are interested in exploring the beautiful art form of ballet. Whether you have previous dance experience or are a complete beginner, this class will provide a supportive and inclusive environment for you to learn and grow. In this introductory course, we will focus on building a strong foundation in ballet technique while emphasizing proper alignment, posture, and musicality. Each class will begin with a thorough warm-up, and we will then move on to exercises at the barre, where you will learn fundamental movements such as the five basic positions of arms and legs, pliés, tendus, dégagés, and rond de jambes. As the course progresses, we will gradually introduce more complex combinations and movements across the floor. You will have the opportunity to develop your coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength through various exercises that challenge both your body and mind.

Throughout the class, I will provide individualized attention and guidance to help you improve your technique and reach your personal goals. I will also incorporate elements of artistry into the lessons by teaching you how to express emotions through movement and interpret different styles of music. Beyond physical benefits, this class offers numerous mental benefits as well. Ballet requires focus, discipline, and concentration which can help improve cognitive function and enhance mindfulness. It is also a great way to relieve stress while fostering creativity and self-expression.

Needs for class:

No special attire is required for this introductory class; however, it is recommended that participants wear comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement. Ballet slippers are preferred but not mandatory; socks or bare feet are acceptable alternatives. Whether you aspire to perform on stage or simply want to enjoy the gracefulness of ballet as a recreational activity, our Introduction to Adult Ballet class will provide you with a solid foundation and a positive learning experience. Join us and discover the joy of ballet while improving your physical fitness, flexibility, and overall well-being!

Meet Your Instructor

Gayle Howard

At age 5, Gayle attended a performance of Persephone, fell in love with ballet, and begged her mother to let her take ballet lessons. Her first role in a performance was as a court jester in Swan Lake. She danced ballet for 14 years with the Ballet Folk school and junior company in Moscow, Idaho under a number of gifted instructors, and for 2 years as a professional with the American Festival Ballet (now Ballet Idaho) in Boise, Idaho.

Gayle is the founder and owner of Embody Ballet Studio in Fruitland, and loves sharing the joy and beauty of ballet with dancers from ages 2 to 92. She is a licensed Royal Ballet Silver Swans®, Zena Rommett Floor Barre® and Progressing Ballet Technique® instructor, bringing more than 16 years of ballet experience and fitness-related instruction to the Studio.