5 Reasons to Try Ballet (Especially if You’re Over 40!)

August 14, 2017

When you think of ballet, the first things that come to mind are most likely slow, graceful movements, bloody toes and tutus. In reality, ballet is a classical and beautiful art form, which also happens to double as a comprehensive, total body workout!

With their long, lean muscles and perfect posture, ballerinas have some of the most sculpted bodies in the world. Not only will the art form help to tone your entire body, but it will also sharpen your intellect, refine your musical skills, and so much more. Plus, ballet is low-impact, controlled and safe, which is an obvious benefit for women over 40.

Here are five more reasons why you should incorporate ballet into your movement routine:

1. Improved balance. According to Berkeley Wellness, dance has been shown to strengthen balance muscles to improve motor skills, walking speed and reaction time, even in elderly people.

2. Joint mobility. The Hospital for Special Surgery says that the multi-directional movements in various forms of dance such as ballet help to increase mobility in areas like the hips and shoulders, whereas other activities like simply running on the treadmill don’t require such a wide range of motion.

3. Bone health. As you age, your bones become less and less dense, which could lead to injury or a lack of mobility for everyday life. According to HSS, studies have shown that recreational dancers aged 8 to 14 had higher bone mineral content than other girls their age who had not made dancing a part of their routine.

4. Mental health. Ballet will often generate an emotional, highly creative response in dancers because of its artistic nature. According to the National Dance Education Organization, dance can promote emotional maturity and a healthy mental state in children as it provides a positive channel for their feelings as well as increased social skills.

5. Better coordination. Emory University cited a study in the Journal of Neurophysiology, which found that ballet dancers have trained their nervous systems to engage large muscle groups more efficiently than non-dancers, enabling them to walk across a balance beam farther and with more balance.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for one of our upcoming six-week ballet workshops, level 1 for complete beginners starting September 9th and level 2 for anyone who has some ballet experience, starting Sunday, September 17th.