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    Question Adult Ballet for Beginners

    Looking for a dance studio which offers adult ballet for beginners.

    If any of you have some first-hand experience to share, I would love to hear about it.

    I'm new to both ballet and dance so I'm looking for a proper beginner's ballet class for adults. Any information would be appreciated. Dance studio, pricing, location, etc.

    If you're also interested in taking ballet as an adult beginner, let me know, and we can go together once a good studio has been found.


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    Hi there! I am an avid adult ballet student and I go to Gravity Ballet in Jordan. It is a school dedicated to adult students and they have really good absolute beginners' classes. Classes are available every day, too.
    Gravity Ballet – Hong Kong's Adult Ballet Specialist

    Here is my FB page for balletomanes in Hong Kong and beyond: https://www.facebook.com/balletomanehk

    Perhaps I'll see you at the studio ;-)


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    Thanks. I had a quick look at their website, but it seems their adult beginner's class is quite expensive. It's HK$890 per month for one class per week. Which adds up to more than 200$ per class. Most other studios seem to charge around HK$120 - HK$140. But thank you, I will keep an eye on this studio for sure. Maybe have a trial class.

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    Hi there,
    Actually I go there myself and they offer various packages. I buy the $800 package for 8 classes to be used within 1 month. That amounts to $100 per class. You can also choose $960 for 8 classes to be used over two months and that's $120 per class. Their rate is much lower than most other studios. They do take walk-in students so you can go any time and try it out.
    Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeneykill:
    Thanks. I had a quick look at their website, but it seems their adult beginner's class is quite expensive. It's HK$890 per month for one class per week. Which adds up to more than 200$ per class. Most other studios seem to charge around HK$120 - HK$140. But thank you, I will keep an eye on this studio for sure. Maybe have a trial class.

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    The ballet education system in HK is very strange. The "official" education institute for ballet and all other kinds of performing arts is the Academy for Performing Arts. It is not connected with The Hong Kong Ballet. The problem with APA is that students enroll only after they finish their high school education, which means they are around 17, 18 years, which is the time when pre-professional ballet students should've completed their training and ready for a professional career. So for graduates of APA to enter any ballet company would be quite a challenge. Not that it doesn't happen but the system is just not properly designed for building careers based on what's going on in the "real world," so to speak. You might have noticed that most of HK Ballet's dancers come from China and abroad... It has very few local dancers. As for why it doesn't have its own school... Your guess is as good as mine. Actually, the company doesn't even have its own studios for class and rehearsals... Admin office is separate from where they rehearse. Funding is a major issue behind all these problems, I believe.
    Last edited by wahansa; 29-05-2016 at 01:08 AM.
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    Glad my comment helps. It also explains why we have so many private ballet studios all over the territory and no centralized school to train students from their formative years on all the way to pre-professional level. A shame!
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    So what ballet style should a beginner actually be aiming for? I had a trial class of the Russian Vaganova method, but it wasn't a beginner's class for adults. The other two adults had danced ballet for many years (possibly their entire life)... so I was literally just thrown in. I think what happened was they had the advance adult class the hour earlier, and then they simply stayed for the beginner class in order to get a double class... So it became a non-beginner class. I guess they weren't expecting me....
    It was brutal to say the least. I don't think I've ever been that sore. But I wasn't really taught the basics... and nothing was explained to me. The teacher just asked two or three times if I've taken ballet before... while continuously saying out positions I had no idea how to do..... I don't even think the teacher actually showed me what the positions were, or how they OUGHT to look... It was a very confusing and frustrating 60 minutes. That's not to say the teacher was bad though, I think it was more of a language barrier.

    I am not aiming to be a professional dancer any day, but it would be nice to get the proper basics. If I'm going to start ballet lessons, I'm going to commit and do it properly.

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    There's only one Russian ballet school that teaches the Vaganova method, so it really doesn't seem popular... Do they have a similar system to RAD where there's different examination levels to progress through? I honestly know very little about the different types of ballet.

    I'm not sure what I want to do... But I do want some sort of goal to set myself with ballet. "Learn ballet" seems too broad. But do adults do the RAD examinations if they only recently started dancing ballet as adults? I thought it was more for youngsters.

    I'm not planning on becoming a professional dancer, so mostly doing it for health reasons; better posture, flexibility, etc. But I think progressing through the levels as a goal is an ideal way to learn. Aim to do it properly or not at all.
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