Learning Ballet as ad adult

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Learning ballet as an adult

Embarking on the enchanting world of ballet as an adult can be a truly transformative experience. It’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and uncertainty as you start learning ballet as an adult.

In this blog post, we’ll explore what it’s like to embark into this new realm and offer some practical advice to help you navigate this beautiful art form. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s, ballet provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and creative exploration.

SO, Let’s dive in and discover the wonders that await you on this captivating journey!


Before you put on your ballet slippers, take a moment to reflect on why you want to start this journey. What is it about ballet that captivates you?

Deep within your being, there lies a spark of inspiration, a yearning to unleash your inner magic or to nurture your soul through movement. Allow yourself to explore and uncover the essence of your motivation.

Perhaps you witnessed a mesmerising ballet performance that stirred something within you. The grace, elegance, and sheer beauty of the dancers transported you to a world where anything is possible. Or maybe you’ve always harboured a secret dream of expressing yourself through dance, using your body as a canvas to create art that touches hearts. Or maybe ballet was a childhood dream that you never had the chance to fulfil. Maybe it’s something you owe to that little girl or boy.

Whatever the driving force behind your desire, understanding your personal why will fuel your passion and provide a guiding light as you embark on this extraordinary journey.

PRO TIP: Write down your biggest inspiration on a sticky note and put it on your fridge, mirror or somewhere that’s easily accessible to you, so you can be re-inspired every time the motivation runs low -because that 100% happens sooner or later.


When it comes to preparing for your first ballet class, simplicity is key. It’s very easy to get caught in the whirlwind of information available and end up overwhelmed, thinking that you need an awful lot of equipment before you start.

If you get tangled in the web of too much information, you find yourself not feeling ready to start or thinking that you need a lot of preparation first. That’s not true at all – you could literally start right now, right after finishing reading this article!

Let’s talk about ballet clothes!

Start by selecting attire that allows freedom of movement and makes you feel comfortable. While ballet-specific clothing like leotards and tights can enhance your experience, they are not essential on your very first day.

Opt for form-fitting, breathable garments that enable you to move with ease. If you don’t have ballet slippers, starting in socks is great. That’s all you need! Comfortable clothes, a pair of socks, and an open mind and heart!

Also, it’s always a good idea to try something before you invest in the equipment – you never know, you might not like ballet after all if you’ve never tried it before!

Once you’ve take your first few lessons, it is a good idea to buy your first leotard , ballet tights and ballet slippers. (We love these!)  You’ve probably seen a lot of other accessories but you don’t have to worry about any of that at the beginning.


As you step into the ballet studio, a nurturing mindset becomes paramount. When you start learning ballet as an adult for the very first time, it’s really easy to get carried away and start comparing yourself to more advanced dancers in your classroom (or on social media). We’ve all been there – believe me!

Remember, everyone starts as a beginner, regardless of age or background. Besides, ballet is a journey of continuous learning and refinement. Embrace the process, and allow yourself to make mistakes. Each stumble is an opportunity to grow stronger, both physically and mentally.

In class, be present and attentive, absorbing every instruction with enthusiasm. Focus on building a solid foundation, understanding the fundamental techniques, and developing proper posture and alignment. That’s because these elements form the backbone of ballet and will support your progress as you advance.

Once you’ve started and you want to really establish that foundational ballet technique that will support you for the rest of your ballet journey, check out The Ballet Foundations Masterclass here.


Your teacher is there to guide and assist you. Therefore, engage in conversations, seek clarification when needed, and tap into the wealth of knowledge that surrounds you.

Remember, curiosity is the mark of a true learner. Embrace the opportunity to deepen your understanding of ballet and expand your skills. Don’t forget that there aren’t any stupid questions, especially at the beginning.

If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of a whole group class, that’s OK! Take your teacher aside after the lesson.

In fact, we, ballet teachers, love being asked questions, because that shows that the student cares about what we do. So if your teacher is anything like me, or all the teachers I’ve had in my lifetime, they’d love it!


Ballet is not just about individual growth; it’s also about connecting with a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion. As you continue your ballet journey, seize the opportunity to forge meaningful connections with fellow dancers, teachers, and mentors. 

That’s why it’s important to find a ballet class that’s meant for adults, led by a teacher who believes in adult dancers and takes them and their learning process seriously. So, make sure that the classes you’re attending are designed to progress you and not just to entertain you.

Additionally, consider attending ballet performances or workshops in your community. Watching professional dancers in action can ignite your own artistic spirit and provide inspiration for your personal growth. Engaging with the broader ballet community expands your horizons and fosters a deeper appreciation for the art form. 

This approach is really beneficial for any dance student, regardless of age. However, learning ballet as an adult gives you the advantage of maturity. You’re more likely to deeply understand and appreciate the artistry and detail of ballet than your younger counterparts.

Lastly, embarking on the journey of ballet as an adult is a testament to your curiosity, resilience, and desire for personal growth. Ballet offers a unique avenue for self-expression and transformation. Embrace the joy of movement, nurture your progress with kindness and patience, and forge connections within the ballet community.

Remember, your ballet journey is not about reaching a specific destination; it’s about embracing the magic of the process itself. Stay committed to your why, celebrate your milestones, and find delight in every step along the way. As you embark on this enchanting path, may you discover the truest expression of yourself through the language of ballet.

Comment below about your ballet experience. Have you started yet? Are you thinking about it?

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Olia Tsopela - George

Olia, a dance educator since 2012, has brought her love for ballet to both children and adults. With a Diploma in Dance Education and a Master's degree in Dance, she combines her teaching expertise with a wealth of knowledge. Since 2020, she exclusively and wholeheartedly serves the adult ballet community.

P.S.: If you enjoyed my ballet insights in this blog, and you’d like to say “thank you” by buying me a cup of coffee, you can do so below.

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