mrsmanners Posted June 6, 2008 Report Share Posted June 6, 2008 Pilates, Upper Body work, Interval Training, Tai-Chi These classes added to four ballet classes weekly leave no time for Yoga! If you start ballet as an adult, unless you are already very fit, chances are you won't really get the strength you would like to have just by trying to execute the moves year after year in class. For many years I only worked Pilates with my ballet classes because that was what was recommended. Just listening to the ballet talk, I was convinced that any alternate exercise would develop the wrong muscles for ballet. Pilates saved my back, to be certain, but in 25 years of steady adult classwork I did not become strong enough to truly execute ballet moves until I started in a hospital fitness program where physiotherapists and people with actual college degrees conduct regular classes. I discovered how extremely weak my arms and shoulders were, and what a difference a year of one "Total Body" class weekly made in my ability in ballet. Neither ballet class nor Pilates strengthens a woman's upper body, yet how can you disconnect it from the indispensable and constantly remarked upon CORE? Not to mention, there comes a point when youth gives way to flapping upper arms, especially when there is no biceps or triceps to mask the inevitable sub-dermal collagen meltdown. Tai-Chi is so complimentary to ballet that Masters have been known to hire ballet dancers for their demonstration DVD's. The form has philosophical beauty and though bewildering to many, is easy for dancers to learn and give the appearance of the "Tai-Chi Body" in short fashion. It is perfect for recuperating from an injury and provides a study in balance, relaxation and unitary movement. I alternate intense days (considering ballet day intense) with Tai Chi, and rest completely on Sunday. Quote Link to comment
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