Beginner adult how many classes/hours per week
Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:06 PM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 08:13 PM
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Posted 17 September 2009 - 04:35 PM
Posted 17 September 2009 - 09:39 PM
I dance every day except Sunday, at two different studios. Both are happy with me going wherever I feel I want to, due to the level of technique I have attained in the past and currently.
Schedule is as follows:
M - 1 hour
T - 1.5 hours
W - 3 hours (supposedly 2.5 of them on pointe, but that's hit or miss at the moment)
TH - 1.5 hours
F - 2 hours - one of those on pointe
Sat - 1.5 hours
Add at least 5 days of warm-up cardio, abs and stretch at the gym beforehand and you can see an insanely full schedule.
Last year, I found it too stressful at the start of the school year to do a schedule like this so scaled it back. This year, it seems to be settling in nicely.
What do I say to those looks? Just simply, "I enjoy it." Usually there's a look of awe (and perhaps pity when my back is turned! ).
"Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty." Aristotle
Posted 17 September 2009 - 09:43 PM
Usually, I only manage 2-3 classes a week. I do find a difference when I can take class at least 3 days a week. A 4th day, when it happens, is a wonderful luxury!
Posted 17 September 2009 - 11:16 PM
Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:49 AM
I think it's just the "ballet" part that's tripping people up...since mostly their exposure is performance-thin young ladies onstage. They just somehow can't wrap their heads around the fact that ballet is great for anyone!
Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:13 AM
Occasionally my husband and I will squabble about the importance of ballet, usually when I complain about having to miss a class. He's supportive, but doesn't always understand when I get upset when I miss class. I've tried to explain it like this: he enjoys running and going to the gym, two things that he can do pretty much whenever he wants. I enjoy dancing, but I can't really dance at times when there aren't classes. Since class is only given at precise times, I want to arrange the more flexible aspects of my schedule around it. Usually when I remind him how cranky I get after a few days of no ballet, he shuts up.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 10:41 AM
I should try this technique with my boyfriend . He started pouting when I told him I was planning to take three classes a week... This is the maximum I can reasonably achieve, not due to a lack of classes offered (between my two studios I could take a class every night), but considering other engagements/schedule conflicts and money issues... Ballet classes are expensive compared to other activities!
Usually when I remind him how cranky I get after a few days of no ballet, he shuts up
Posted 18 September 2009 - 10:49 AM
... Ballet classes are expensive compared to other activities!
Not compared to horseback riding they're not. I rode from the time I was a kid up until about 10 years ago (riding lessons once a week until I was able to lease a horse and ride three or four days a week as an adult). I think the cheapest I can get a lesson in this area, and it's not an expensive area, would be about $35 an hour. And that's just one one-hour lesson a week.
I love horses but I love being able to do something indoors when it's really hot or really cold outside and I can dance three days a week for what it would cost to ride once a week. Plus it ends up being more efficient in terms of time. It takes a good half hour to get the horse ready plus at least another half hour to an hour to clean him up.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 11:14 AM
Not a fair comparison!
Not compared to horseback riding they're not.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 02:36 PM
OK, how about ice skating? We pay $110 for 8 lessons, and they're only 1/2 hour (plus 10 minutes of "free skate"). That works out to $27.50 an hour, still more expensive than ballet.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 02:43 PM
Jacket: $250 or more
Winter skipass: $1529
Summer skipass: $400
I don't know about you, but although I LOVE snowboarding, I'd rather spend the cash on ballet classes! )
Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:18 PM
And, assuming that a skipass gives unlimited access for the season, by combining Winter and Summer skipasses one has all year round ski access. That is the same cost of unlimited classes at my ballet studio (2000 $/year)...
How about swimming??? Here, it is about 9 $/hour at the local community centre. My local gym membership is 1 $ a day, so if I went there three days a week for one hour and a half, that is a little more than 1.50 $ an hour. In Toronto, skating has comparable prices (per class of course) to ballet (who wants to freeze on the ice for longer than 1/2 hour, anyway?). Other dance forms also have similar costs (I tried ballroom dancing). Swing dancing was cheaper. My boyfriend used to pay 10 $ for his Irish dancing classes (1.5 hours). For the same 1.5 hours class in ballet, I pay twice that. And I am not addicted to pointe shoes, or I would have to add the cost of shoes every, say three months for a recreational dancer? 100 $ a pair...
So, do you see my reasoning?
But this was not the topic of the original poster.
Ideally, one should take as many classes as feasible. For a recreational dancer, this usually translates into 3-4 classes a week. Definitely, one class a week is quite insufficient to make any kind of progress.
Posted 29 September 2009 - 07:53 AM