Ballet for the Over 50's - Northern Beaches Community College

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Ballet for the Over 50's

Course Outline:

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No prior dance experience required, all skill levels are welcome.

Incorporating ballet into a fitness routine for individuals over 50 can provide a graceful and enjoyable way to stay active, leading to improved overall health and quality of life. Whilst providing a great workout this is not a class designed for those looking for a more strenuous workout and will not include the more challenging steps of ballet.

Classes are designed to bring you all the joy and beauty of ballet whilst taking into consideration the special needs of a mature body. Engaging in ballet can improve balance, flexibility, and strength, promoting better posture and reducing the risk of falls. It enhances cardiovascular health, aiding in weight management and reducing the likelihood of chronic conditions. Ballet also stimulates cognitive function and memory recall, enhancing mental acuity. Additionally, it promotes social interaction
and fosters a sense of community, combating feelings of isolation. 

Session 1: Introduction to basic ballet exercises and technique. This will include barre work, and center work

Session 2-Session 9: Building on the knowledge from previous weeks. "We will do the same exercises each week but build on the length of the exercise and add steps to increase the length of the exercises. We will continue to build on each week"

Session  10: "By the end of the 10 weeks, we will have built on a repertiore of steps and enchainments to be able to feel that we can dance the work without too much prompting from your teacher"

What to Bring:

Ballet shoes are preferred, and can be purchased through any ballet store.

You can also wear any soft soled shoe (leather shoes are recommended for comfort and durability)

Please also wear comfortable clothing as you would wear to any gym or exercise class.

About the Tutor:

Lisa Peresan

Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice
Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management
Certificate IV in Dance Tuition (Classical & Jazz)
Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training
First Aid Certificate

Lisa has had a lifelong involvement and passion for movement. She originally trained and worked as a professional dancer.  She opened DJAZZEX Dance and Pilates in 1994 and ran the business for 23 years until 2017. 

In 2005 she applied for and won a scholarship to become a Certificate IV Pilates Instructor with Pilates International.  She completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2008 and her Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2010. Lisa has completed specialist training in conditioning for dance as well as a mentorship program with Karen Clippenger MSPE, Professor at Long Beach University.  Lisa is currently working towards completing a Bachelor of High Performance Sport at ACU.

Lisa is passionate about the benefits of movement for the body and spirit and is constantly striving to improve her knowledge about the human body and movement.  She aims to blend her anatomical knowledge, love of classical ballet, and beautiful piano music to enable her clients to not only experience the benefits of ballet class but be uplifted and find inspiration through the grace and beauty of ballet and music.  You will be warmly welcomed in her class, regardless of your level of ability.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.