Benefits of Ballet Based Exercise for Older Learners

Seniors doing ballet class

As we age, exercise can feel more difficult to fit into our lives.  We think our bodies don’t work quite as well as they used to, the twinges seem more twingier, and those muscles seem a little bit stiffer than they used to…

We all know we should exercise – but finding exercise as an older person that fills you with joy is a tough ask at times.

That’s where ballet can help.

Recent research from The Queensland University of Technology researched ballet classes for seniors and found that participants in ballet classes “experienced higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement.”

But the advantages aren’t just physical “They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship… ballet participation may contribute to positive outcomes across various health and wellbeing categories and promotes a general feeling of wellbeing.”

Ballet classes can inspire us with the beautiful movement and music and help maintain cognitive function.  A study published in Psychology Today found “The holding of the pattern, taking in that information and then getting yourself going with the music, and even remembering what’s the first step” (p. 4) required particular concentration.

Plus there is a social side to learning to dance. A study titled Dancing while Aging found seniors learning ballet “improved their physical and mental wellness, helping them have a more positive experience of age-related changes. Results showed that most women regard ballet as a very social activity”

So, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to start dancing.

Simply Ballet’s Silver Swans classes are designed especially for older learners.  Although targeted at those aged over 55, there is no upper or lower age limit to be a Silver Swan

Ballet classes can help you;

  • Build friendships and connections
  • Improve your health and well being
  • Keep you active
  • Express your creativity
  • Move to beautiful music
  • Get you out of the house
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Silver Swans classes run Tuesday morning 10:15-11:30am and we would love you to join us. 

Simply book a trial class online here or contact us with your preferred date and your details.

It’s never too late to start improving your wellbeing.  Join us for a class now.

Meet the Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans

Simply Ballet is an RAD registered school located in Magill, South Australia.